You might already be in possession of an ESA letter and are in the process of registering your emotional support animal. Or maybe you’re still thinking about applying for an emotional support animal letter and wondering which emotional support animals are best for you and your circumstances. If you live in the city, then read on as we offer some advice and suggestions regarding five cute emotional support animals that are perfect for city living.
This may seem an obvious suggestion, but some people who live in the city might not have considered the option of keeping a dog as an emotional support animal. There are many small breeds that require very little exercise, don’t shed too much hair and are happy to share your home with you in return for food, water and lots of love. A particularly good breed for this, and one that is often overlooked, is a Papillon. Papillons are awesome emotional support animals. They do have long hair, which requires a certain amount of grooming, but they don’t shed it. They are soft and cute and have very expressive little faces. Plus, they are highly intelligent and easy to train. This intelligence combined with their sensitivity toward humans makes them a perfect emotional support dog.
Many cats prefer to have the ability to go outside, but there are a few breeds that are better suited to indoor living. Cats are very independent creatures, so as long as you provide warmth, food, water, play things and a scratch post, your cat should be very content. It will require some stimulation, which will give you opportunities to pet and interact with your cat. The more you put into your relationship with your ESA animal, the more you will get out of it! One of the best breeds to have as an indoor, city-living pet is the Ragdoll. These cats are beautiful, and because they have a very laid-back and relaxed nature, they are very low maintenance. They are also very trusting and placid emotional support animals and will respond well to your love and your petting.
ESA Guinea Pig
Or preferably two guinea pigs! They can get lonely, so if possible, two is better than one. Guinea pigs simply need to be kept in a cage with plenty of hay. They eat a lot: hay, grass, lettuce, cucumber and even grapes! They make cute, little squeaky noises, and most are happy to be held and stroked. But best to check with a vet or an expert on the correct way to handle them. They do need a bit of exercise, so it’s advisable only to get a guinea pig as your ESA animal if you’re happy to have it run around your kitchen every now and then. It will love exploring and will come and visit you if you sit on the floor with it. Be warned, though: They do tend to leave their calling card anywhere and everywhere!
Rabbits are great emotional support animals. Generally, rabbits would be kept in a cage, but they do make excellent house pets if you’re happy to have them hopping around the place! It’s possible to train them to use a litter tray, but don’t fill it cat litter as they might eat it. You’ll need a deep tray lined with newspaper and filled with hay. Rabbits are very social and inquisitive animals, so they will love the interaction with you. Make sure your home isn’t too warm, though. Rabbits don’t like high temperatures. They’ll also need a hiding place to retire to when they feel like it. They have a tendency to chew things, so keep any electric cables, household plants or favorite teddy bears out of harm’s way!
Who doesn’t love a cute, furry little hamster? You’ll need a cage for your little buddy so that it has plenty of space to run. Layer it enough hay so your emotional support animal can burrow. They also like to keep occupied, so of course, you a hamster wheel, but you’ll also need some wooden chew toys and a regular supply of cardboard. Your hamster will provide hours of entertainment for you. It will take a bit of time and patience to get to know your little pet and for it to learn to trust you, but it’s worth it. To start the friendship process, offer it a treat in the palm of your hand. When you’ve done this a few times, you can start to gently pet it while it’s eating. Eventually, it will start to walk onto your hand without a treat present, and then you can really start the bonding process!
So now you just have to decide which emotional support animal is best for you. Apply for your ESA letter, and register your emotional support animal. Now you’re on your way to a happy and loving relationship with your new little friend.