- 1 Can My Cat Be An Emotional Support Animal?
- 1.1 How can I get an emotional support animal cat?
- 1.2 What are the benefits of having an emotional support cat?
- 1.3 Can cats be service animals?
- 1.4 How do I register my emotional support animal?
- 1.5 Get Your ESA Letter Today
Can My Cat Be An Emotional Support Animal?
Yes. A cat is a very popular choice for an emotional support animal (ESA).
Cats are affectionate and intelligent animals that can exhibit deep sensitivity to their owner’s emotional and mental states, providing a calming, comforting presence. As such, they can make dedicated, supportive and loving ESAs.
How can I get an emotional support animal cat?
You need an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional stating that you:
- are under their care.
- have a recognized psychological or emotional disability, such as anxiety, depression, or phobias.
- need an emotional support animal to help you cope with your daily life.
If you do not have a relationship with a mental health professional, who understands the ESA process, the DOGtor has an extensive network that can quickly and affordably serve your needs.
What are the benefits of having an emotional support cat?
The primary benefits of having an ESA letter for you and your cat are:
- Being able to live in almost all types of housing (including apartments, condos, college dorms, and more) even if they have a no pets policy. This is supported by law through the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
- Being able to fly in the cabin of commercial airliners, as legally supported by the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).
- Being protected from paying additional fees for your cat’s access to housing and airplanes as protected by the FHA and ACAA.
Can cats be service animals?
No. Cats can be emotional support animals, but they cannot be service animals.
The American Disability Act (ADA) specifically states: “Service Animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” Although there is a provision in the ADA for miniature horses, there are no provisions for cats or other animals.
How do I register my emotional support animal?
You don’t. There are no requirements for registering your cat as an ESA. You do not need emotional support cat certification. The only documentation necessary under law is a proper ESA letter from a licensed mental health provider.
Businesses offering ID tags, fancy certificates and listings in a register are typically looking to profit from a pet owner’s lack of knowledge about emotional support animals.
Get Your ESA Letter Today
Why wait? You can start the process of getting an emotional support animal letter right now with the DOGtor.
Even though the word “dog” is in our name, we help people with cats and other animals as well. In fact, we’re one of the most established online companies for helping Americans get approved for an ESA, having helped tens of thousands of people over the last 4+ years.
We look forward to helping you get your ESA cat letter. You will find our services fast, simple and affordable with a 100% refund guarantee.