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mightyzebra
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18 Aug 2011, 3:21 pm

Some Aspies/Auties have obsessions like maths, physics or cars, maybe. I am the only Autistic person I know who is madly into animals. I have been fascinated by animals for almost all my life and I can name just about every extant species of the families Felidae (cats), Canidae (Dogs), Mustelidae (Badgers, Weasels etc), Herpestidae (Mongooses etc), Viverridae (Civets, Genets etc) and others. I have not yet managed to conquer Latin names but here a few I can remember off the top of my head:

Poiana leightoni (Leighton's Oyan, an obscure member of the Viverridae family).
Genetta abyssinica (Abyssinian Genet).
Viverricula indica (Small Indian Civet).

I would like to know if this is a common Aspie/Autie obsession and would love to chat with others who have similar obssesive interests. Cheers! :)


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18 Aug 2011, 4:09 pm

Aspies/Autists can be obsessed with anything; from fire trucks to batteries. Your obsession is not uncommon. :)


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18 Aug 2011, 4:11 pm

There's TONS of people on here that are into cats in particular.



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18 Aug 2011, 4:23 pm

When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with wolves. I also had books about the different breeds of domestic cats and dogs, and I memorized a lot of them. To this day I can still pretty accurately guess what breed(s) a dog or cat is by looking at them.

At some point during my childhood, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I don't remember a lot about this obsession, but my mom says it was a major one. I remember having a lot of toy dinosaurs and books about them, and I also remember having a Tyrannosaurus rex for an imaginary friend named Empanedus (or M.P. for short). I shared him with my brother.



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18 Aug 2011, 4:50 pm

I like any animal that has a tail. :O)


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18 Aug 2011, 5:12 pm

I had a pretty significant dinosaur obsession when I was young. I'm actually a bit sad that I don't know as much about them as I used to (or maybe I just know that I don't know anything, in true Socratic style).


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18 Aug 2011, 8:47 pm

I've always been into Animals for as long as I remember especially the Big Cats.
After seeing the movie "Born Free" I had an obsession with African Wildlife.
I've also joined "World wide fund for nature." as I feel its important to save endangered wildlife like Tigers.



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18 Aug 2011, 11:38 pm

I am terrified of animals... But love making animal sounds. 90% of what comes out of my mouth are weird animal sounds... Might this count?

But in general aspies can have any interest / obsession, and animals is not an uncommon one... :)


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19 Aug 2011, 5:52 am

MakaylaTheAspie wrote:
Aspies/Autists can be obsessed with anything; from fire trucks to batteries. Your obsession is not uncommon. :)


Good to know. :)



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19 Aug 2011, 5:53 am

Lightning88 wrote:
There's TONS of people on here that are into cats in particular.


Intriguing... Why is it that so many people are into cats rather than other animals?



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19 Aug 2011, 5:56 am

IdahoRose wrote:
When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with wolves. I also had books about the different breeds of domestic cats and dogs, and I memorized a lot of them. To this day I can still pretty accurately guess what breed(s) a dog or cat is by looking at them.

At some point during my childhood, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I don't remember a lot about this obsession, but my mom says it was a major one. I remember having a lot of toy dinosaurs and books about them, and I also remember having a Tyrannosaurus rex for an imaginary friend named Empanedus (or M.P. for short). I shared him with my brother.


Ah, I used to be into dinosaurs as well when I was very young. Presumably the Tyrannosaurus Rex was a toy one? And that's unsurprising that you're obsessed with wolves, seeing as they're SO cool (:wink:)they're one of my favourite animals too.


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19 Aug 2011, 5:58 am

CockneyRebel wrote:
I like any animal that has a tail. :O)


:D I recommend looking at some Civet or Genet pictures. They are VERY cute animals with tails.


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19 Aug 2011, 5:59 am

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I had a pretty significant dinosaur obsession when I was young. I'm actually a bit sad that I don't know as much about them as I used to (or maybe I just know that I don't know anything, in true Socratic style).


Mmm, it's interesting how appealing dinosaurs are to young children. :) I was quite influenced by Land Before Time, I think. Do you remember if you were influenced by anything in particular?


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19 Aug 2011, 6:02 am

Aprilviolets wrote:
I've always been into Animals for as long as I remember especially the Big Cats.
After seeing the movie "Born Free" I had an obsession with African Wildlife.
I've also joined "World wide fund for nature." as I feel its important to save endangered wildlife like Tigers.


Oh I LOVE "Born Free"! :D I agree, African wildlife is particularly interesting. My favourite animal by far is the Plains Zebra. And though I'm not a member of WWF I support them and hope to become a member soon.


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19 Aug 2011, 6:05 am

sagan wrote:
I am terrified of animals... But love making animal sounds. 90% of what comes out of my mouth are weird animal sounds... Might this count?

But in general aspies can have any interest / obsession, and animals is not an uncommon one... :)


Oh I'm sorry you're scared of animals. :? It's very random but cool that you make animal noises though! I'm not sure if it strictly counts in this discussion, but it sounds fine to me.


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19 Aug 2011, 6:18 am

I like dogs a lot. Nearly all the DVDs I buy are related to dogs, and I have a few dog books (both fiction and non-fiction) too. I also do volunteer work with dogs.