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The seven-year-old’s life has been transformed by his furry friend, Jessi-Cat, a cream-coloured Birman

Pals: Lorcan Dillon with Jessi-Cat
Pals: Lorcan Dillon with Jessi-Cat

A little boy who is too anxious to talk has found his voice thanks to his pet cat.

Lorcan Dillon has selective mutism, an anxiety disorder which affects his confidence and makes it difficult for him to communicate.

But the seven-year-old’s life has been transformed by his furry friend, Jessi-Cat, a cream-coloured Birman.

His mother Jayne, 44, said: “Lorcan can find it very hard to express himself, yet he can be himself around Jessi-Cat and finds it very easy to talk to her.

“She is always interested in what he’s doing and that unconditional love she has for him has been a huge boost to his confidence.

“Lorcan is able to connect ‘love’ to Jessi-Cat, something he can’t do with people, and she’s been a great support to him when things have been really hard.”

Explaining the condition, Jayne said: “It is an anxiety disorder which means children can find it difficult or impossible to communicate verbally with adults usually, but any strangers and sometimes members of their own family.

“It was diagnosed when he started nursery school at three and a half.

“The staff were concerned because he would not speak and any of the adults and most of the children.

“The reason I got Jessi-Cat is because pets and cats in particular are very good with children with special needs and autism or anything like that.

“And it is a way for Lorcan to communicate. He does speak normally at home, he does not have selective mutism with us at all in the house but he does not express his emotions.

“He would not say ‘I love you mummy’. He just does not do it.

“But with the cat he can cuddle her, he can stroke her, he can talk to her and he does say ‘I love you Jessi-Cat’, which is really nice and it is a way for him to express emotions which otherwise he would not be able to do.”

This a truely special story. The fact that this little boy can now express his emotions is amazing. The bond between Lorcan and Jessi-Cat is heartwarming to say the least. If ever there was a news story designed to put a smile on your face, this has to be it.