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There are many different types of emotional support animals. You may already own the perfect pet, and if that’s the case, then all you need to do is apply for your legitimate ESA letter to register them. Alternatively, you may be thinking about which animal would best suit your needs and circumstances. A good place to start (unless you happen to be allergic, of course!) is with a cat. Cats definitely make one of the best emotional support animals. They are very independent and require less attention than an ESA dog, for example. You do need to provide them with daily food and a warm and comfortable place to live, of course. After that, it’s up to you how much time you want to spend with them and how much love you want to shower them with. Generally speaking, the more you care for, talk to, and show affection to your emotional support cat – the more you’ll get in return. Not always, though! Be prepared for your cat to decide what it wants to do some of the time – which might not always coincide with what you want it to do!

If you want a house-bound emotional support cat, there are certain breeds that are very happy to live indoors. The Ragdoll cat, for example, is a beautiful, easygoing creature who will respond well to your love and affection. You won’t need to worry about having an outdoor area for it, as this type of cat is quite content to be a house-cat.

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder of some sort, owning an emotional support cat can really benefit you. You’re not responsible for its daily exercise, like you would be for a dog; you can simply sit with your ESA cat on your lap or next to you on the couch, and stroke them to your heart’s content! Stroking a cat is a great way of helping to relieve any stress and tension. It’s been proven that simply stroking a cat can reduce your blood pressure and your anxiety level. Physical touch also helps to create a bond between you and your emotional support cat, and the purring that usually accompanies stroking and petting is very comforting.

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Emotional support cats make great companions, especially for those with anxiety disorders.

What you might not know, though, is that a cat’s purr isn’t just pleasant and soothing – it does actually have some healing properties! We know that cats purr when they’re happy, but they also purr to calm themselves down or sometimes when they’re in pain. Research has shown that a cat’s purr can likewise help humans. This is because their purr has a frequency range of between 20–140 Hz, a range that has been shown to be medically therapeutic. The purrfect purr, you might say!

So how does this purr aid humans? It seems that a purr can have both preventative and curative properties. Studies have shown that your emotional support cat, simply by doing what comes naturally to them, can lower your stress levels and blood pressure, meaning you are less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners. A cat’s purr can also help with your breathing if you suffer from shortness of breath or panic attacks. It’s believed that it helps you to concentrate on your breathing, as the mechanism of purring is similar to inhalation and exhalation.

On the curative side, it’s thought that because of the perfect frequency range, the sound of a cat’s purr can even speed up the healing of broken bones and infections, and can promote the recovery of muscle and tendon injuries. Can your furry friend also help actually mend a broken bone, or is that a trick too far? Well, it’s a widely held thought that the sound of a cat’s purr can indeed accelerate the repair of broken bones.

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An ESA cat can help boost your mental and physical health just by purring!

There’s certainly a lot of research and anecdotal evidence to support these theories. What is undoubtedly true is that emotional support cats are one of the best pets for depression, as they require little from you but can give so much in return in the form of a soft coat for you to pet and a calming, relaxing purr. A cat can also travel with you, if needs be – even on an airplane. With your legitimate ESA letter and advance notice, most airlines will allow your emotional support cat to travel in the cabin with you.

If you like the sound of having a furry friend that can help relieve your stress and anxiety and possibly even help you through the healing process, then apply with Moosh for your ESA letter. We will offer you a stress-free online evaluation with one of our licensed specialists to see if you qualify for ESA registration. Once approved, your letter will arrive in the post very quickly and you can immediately avail of all ESA benefits. Start the process today by sourcing your perfect ESA cat, or if you already have your chosen feline, simply apply for your letter online. Who knows what positive impacts an emotional support cat could have on your life?