If you’ve been recently diagnosed with depression, you may be wondering about how to qualify for an emotional support animal — and what kind of animal you should bring home. Although dogs are often seen as the best pets for depression, there’s a strong case to suggest that there’s another furry, four-legged creature that can provide huge benefits for those who have been diagnosed with this condition. Can you guess what it is?
Roughly 74% of people surveyed reported mental health improvements from keeping animals as pets, but the cat’s out of the bag: a feline friend may be just the thing to improve your quality of life with a mental health disorder. “Meow,” let’s talk about why you might consider getting a therapy cat for depression and why you shouldn’t underestimate how powerful and purrfect these pets can be.
- Your cat provides purpose and a sense of responsibility
For people who struggle with depression and other mental health disorders, it’s often important to establish a sense of routine and an obligation to individuals other than themselves. Those two components can result in a greater sense of purpose. While this certainly isn’t the only element needed to successfully treat depression, it can be highly beneficial in terms of ongoing maintenance and acquiring new coping mechanisms. When your pet needs to be fed and played with (and when their litter box and food dishes need cleaning), you’ll feel encouraged to complete those small tasks and can learn how to navigate through depressive episodes as a result.
- Your cat offers unconditional love and companionship
Although cats may not be seen in the most positive light in certain media portrayals, the truth is that they are highly social and highly affectionate animals. Each cat’s personality is unique, of course; some felines love nothing more than to hang around with their humans all day, while others are a bit more skittish around strangers. But the bond that you form with your cat will provide endless love and friendship. The physical, emotional, and social contact you’ll experience thanks to cat ownership can make these the ideal emotional support animals for treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.
- Your cat may have healing powers (really!)
This can be true of many types of certified emotional support animals (albeit in different ways), but did you know that your cat may possess special powers to help you when you’re feeling anxious or depressed? Science actually shows that a cat’s purr may be medically therapeutic, given the range of its vibrations. Reportedly, a cat’s purr can reduce stress, as well as decrease blood pressure and improve muscle and bone health. Evidence even suggests that cat owners have a lower risk of heart attack than those who don’t own felines. When you obtain a therapy cat for depression, you’re literally making an investment in both your mental and your physical well-being.
Ready to learn more about how to obtain a certified therapy cat for depression? Get in touch with us today for more information on receiving your ESA letter.