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When Fraser Met Billy: How The Love Of A Cat Transformed My Little Boy's Life by [Louise, Booth]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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The way in which Billy the cat encourages his friend Fraser is just amazing. Truly inspiring. (James Bowen, author of A STREET CAT NAMED BOB)

Heart-warming... No cat-lover will be surprised by the story of how a grey and white rescue cat called Billy wove his feline magic around Fraser... Billy's is one of quiet, enigmatic triumph. Even without the uplifting element of child-animal bonding, I would feel humbled as well as educated by the human stories of what life with a child who is 'different' entails. (Daily Mail)

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A mother's touching, true story of how a rescue cat called Billy transformed her autistic boy's life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FRKPJF4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
When Fraser met Billy: ‘The rescue cat that transformed a little boy’s life’ tells the extraordinary story of Fraser, a little boy with autism and Billy, the unassuming grey cat who changed his life.

When Fraser was born, his mother, Louise, realised that there was something wrong with him but no one listened to her, or took her concerns seriously. The health visitors told her to give him more love and Fraser was 18 months old before he was diagnosed with autism and hypotonia (a muscle tone condition that affected his ability to walk or use his hands). Louise and her husband Chris were given the devastating news that Fraser would never go to mainstream school.

Chris’s job took him to the Balmoral Estate in Scotland so the couple moved with Fraser, who was only a few weeks old, to a beautiful, but isolated cottage in the grounds of the Queen’s summer residence, Balmoral Castle.

Billy had been abandoned, left in a house to fend for himself, when Fraser was three years old. His temper tantrums were escalating and Louise was having a very difficult time. When Fraser first met Billy, the cat purred and laid his paws upon him. A new period in Fraser’s life had just begun and miracle after miracle lined up in the wings courtesy of the angel Billy and his seemingly unfaltering understanding of what Fraser needed.

It’s well documented the healing power of animals, especially cats. Their calming influence and benign natures prove, time and time again, that they instinctively know what makes us humans tick and they hone in on our feelings and emotions. So it was with Billy. Bedtimes were always a screaming match and took hours for Fraser to settle.
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While driving from Nottingham to Glasgow last week I listened to Louise being interviewed on the radio. Tears started to well up in my eyes. Today the title When Fraser met Billy popped into my head. Downloaded the kindle version and read it in one go. A remarkable story of a boy and his cat and a loving dedicated family who stuck to the task, through thick and thin.
The story so far, how a young child diagnosed as autistic is befriended by a rescue cat and of a mother who is not "mad" but who has amazing insight into the understanding of the partnership between humans and animals. A must read.
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I'm a sucker for a book about cats - but this is no ordinary cat. It's about Billy a cat rescued from an abandoned house and the remarkable bond he shares with his young autistic owner Fraser who also has a range of conditions. When they are introduced to each other they form an instant friendship which was to transform both their lives thanks to Billy's calming effect. Louise Booth hopes by writing this book it will help other families facing the same problems, despair and isolation. It's a beautifully written book, heartwarming and inspirational.
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I don't normally read a lot but this is one of those books I couldn't put down its Heart Warming and thought provoking Absolutely Brilliant an eye opener
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Amazingly frank account of the life of an extended family, human and animal, when one member is on the autistic spectrum. Never again will you raise an eyebrow when you witness a child having a tantrum, instead you will offer a helping hand, fold that buggy up, lift that shopping into the car. As the author herself says if this books helps one parent it will be worth it. Oh and Billy, what a beautiful gifted member of this courageous family.
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What a lovely,lovely book

The birth of a child is a godsend but when the child has problems life can become very difficult for everyone.

Cannot always be the case but I am a great believer in that simple solutions are often the best.Here the Booths tried many different things to make Fraser's life as happy as possible but autistic children see the world in such a different way than others that it is no surprise that they were constantly stressed.

They actually had a cat already ,Toby,a cat who was used to peace and quiet and was terror-stricken by Fraser's "bellowing" when upset and disappeared like a shot.But Louise Booth had always loved animals and decided to contact her local Cats Protection charity.Having explained her position,the charity worker said " I think we have just the cat for you" and so Fraser met Billy, a cat who had been rescued from a difficult environment.

Coming from such a background,unlike Toby he was used to sudden outbursts of noise and was unaffected by it.In fact just the opposite- whenever Fraser was "bellowing",even in the bath ,just like magic Billy would appear and (except in the bath) would wrap himself around Fraser and stay with him until calm was restored.

It would be right to say that Billy brought Fraser out of his shell,a construct that autistic children "build" to provide some comfort in what is to them a very scary world.His sentences became longer as he spoke to Billy and he negotiated the stairs (he also has a muscular tone condition making movement difficult) with Billy with him every step.
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