This is the story of an amazing cat that completely turned round the life of a young girl.
When Iris was 2 years old, she was diagnosed with autism. She found it hard to make eye contact with her mom and often hid behind her books. She didn't speak, hated having baths and often found it difficult to sleep at night.
She was scared of car rides and bikes. She also had trouble connecting with people and the doctor's told her mom she'd never speak.
But her parents were determined to do whatever it took to help her. They thought a therapy animal might work so they introduced iris to horses, she didn't take to them.
Then she met a therapy dog but he and Iris just didn't click. She didn't bond with any of the cats she met either. So her parents gave up the search.
Her mom thought of other things to make her happy and that's when they discovered Iris loved painting. It helped her feel calm and focused.
A couple of years later the family were looking after her uncle's cat and the two were immediately drawn to each other.
That's when her parents realized they just hadn't found the perfect match before so they started searching for the ideal cat and that's when they found Thula.
The first time that Thula walked into their house she went and sat on Iris' knee. They connected immediately and Thula has been with Iris ever since.
You'll be amazed when you see the change in Iris ever since Thula came into her life and became her best friend.
Watch the video to see their amazing relationship: