Emotional Support Animal Cat
Having a cat as an emotional support animal (ESA) can do wonders for people who are suffering from certain disabilities and health problems. As is with dogs, a feline ESA must be registered officially in order to get the most out of your relationship. While cats do sometimes get a bit of hate because people think they’re selfish creatures, cat lovers truly know the bond that we humans can form with felines. Sure, sometimes a cat can seem distant or like it doesn’t want to be around you, but that’s because they are so independent. Cats are naturally wild creatures, which is how so many more of them can survive as a stray in comparison to a dog. The ancient Egyptians even worshiped felines because they would keep their homes safe at night from vermin and other predators while they slept. So you see, even if you aren’t a cat person, you could still enjoy the bond that you form with them and they could really help you start to feel better about your condition.
What is an Emotional Support Animal Cat?
An emotional support animal cat is a type of ESA that is a feline. The purpose of this animal is to provide their owner with companionship in order to help mitigate the symptoms of their disability. Not everyone with a disability can get these animals, but quite a few do qualify, and you can visit a registered mental health professional to see if you can get approved for an ESA. Any feline can meet the requirements needed to be an ESA, providing they don’t have any behavioural or social issues. If they meet this requirement, then they could be registered as an ESA.
What Do They Do Exactly?
Their main purpose is to provide an emotionally disabled person with companionship, which helps the person’s symptoms lessen because of the love, affection, and company they get from the animal. People who are suffering from a disability can often feel alone or unloved, so getting a pet can vastly improve their quality of life and lessen the impact of their symptoms. Contrary to belief, dogs are not the only animal that can be fitted with a vest or harness to outwardly show that the animal has a purpose. Attaching a patch to it can also signify to the public that the animal is on the job so to speak.
How Can I Get One?
As mentioned before, these animals are for people who have disabilities who would then have to go and see a mental health professional for an evaluation. The disability must be verifiable and can include mental or psychological disabilities and extend to chronic conditions such as depression, stress, insomnia, and anxiety. Depression is one of the most common reasons why people seek to get an ESA, and they can also be very effective for this condition.
Once you have been evaluated, the professional will decide if you are suitable for an ESA or not. If they deem you are, then they will issue you with a certificate stating that you’re their patient under their care and their evaluation concludes that getting this type of animal would greatly improve at least one symptom of your condition. Once you have this letter, you can then go and get any feline you wish that meets behavioural and social standards. Alternatively you can add your existing cat to the registration if it that meets the required behavioral and social standards. This means that the cat isn’t aggressive, disruptive, or anti-social, and is in your complete control.