If you suffer from an emotional or a psychological disability – such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or autism – then you may have already decided that owning an emotional support animal is going to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Medication for such disorders is an option, of course, but finding the right ESA for you might be far more palatable and also more effective than getting hooked on meds. An ESA will provide you with the emotional support you need; it will help to relieve the stress and anxiety that you’re experiencing in a most natural and loving way.
There are many different animals you can choose from, of course, but an ESA cat comes highly recommended as your pet of choice! Here are a few benefits of choosing a cat as your emotional support animal.
Cats are low-maintenance
Cats are, by nature, more independent than dogs, so they need less of your time and attention. This is a positive if you’re maybe not used to looking after pets but want one in your life; or maybe you’re away from the house a lot and might be concerned about leaving a dog on its own. An ESA cat would be a good balance because it will need more care than a caged animal, for example, and it will respond well to your love and attention. A dog can get lonely and therefore would demand more of your time and company, but a cat is happy to be by itself for long spells. Sleeping, mainly – or up to mischief if it’s a kitten! So if you’re having a bad day, you don’t have the problem of a dog wondering when you’re going to take it out for a walk. You can just curl up on the sofa with your ESA cat on your lap and he/she will be very content with that. The more love and affection you give your emotional support cat, the more you will get in return. It’s a proven fact that stroking a cat can reduce your blood pressure and your anxiety level. Cats often have great personalities too and, as they are curious by nature, your ESA cat will keep you amused and entertained.
It’s easier to travel with cats
Cats are much more portable than dogs – except for the toy dog breeds, which are often actually smaller than cats! So if you travel often and want your emotional support animal with you at all times, then a cat is a good choice. Their carrier can easily go in a car or on a train, and you can even take your ESA cat on airlines these days. The Air Carrier Access Act states that, provided you have an ESA letter, your pet can travel in the cabin of the airplane with you. Obviously certain animals would be exempt from this, but a cat is quite acceptable. You do need to register your ESA cat ahead of traveling and make sure it will behave during the flight and not be a problem to other travelers, but providing that’s all OK, then you’re good to go! What’s more, your little furry friend travels for free in the cabin with you.
Cats are good pets for rented accommodation
If you’re renting accommodation, regular pets are often not permitted by landlords. However, thanks to the Fair Housing Act, being in possession of a companion pet certification will ensure that you are not discriminated against for having a pet, and you will not be charged extra for him/her. Obviously you have to make sure your chosen emotional support animal behaves itself in relation to the property and other tenants, so an emotional support cat is a very good choice again as they are clean and (generally!) quiet animals. The Housing Amendments Act requires that landlords make “reasonable accommodations” for tenants so that they can live as they want with their chosen ESA. Good to know – this might come in handy!
Cats make a great indoor house pet
If you want a house pet but are not too keen on having a dog, then an ESA cat could be the perfect answer. Some breeds of cat are particularly well suited to being indoors. They are the more chilled-out and affectionate breeds – such as the beautiful Ragdoll cat and the American Burmese. These both have equable temperaments and respond well to love and attention. They will always be there to greet you when you return home, and they’re always there if you’re home a lot and need them for comfort and reassurance. Indoor emotional support cats make great companions during the day and will be only too happy to sleep on your bed at night if you let them!
Where to get an ESA cat is not an issue – you don’t have to get them from a special place. Any cat you choose can become your emotional support cat, providing it specifically helps you with your disability. You simply have to apply for an ESA letter. A licensed mental health specialist will determine whether or not you’re suitable for emotional support animal registration, via a stress-free online conversation with you. If approved, your ESA letter will arrive in the post and you will then be entitled to ESA benefits.
It’s a very easy process, so why not start it today? Find your perfect emotional support cat or, if you already own a cat, then apply for that ESA letter! You won’t regret it.