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Cats As Therapy Animals

As cat lovers, we know that having our cat-panions or cat companions around make us feel better, more calm, and just happier, overall. But, is there more to it than that? Can our cats actually be therapeutic?

According to www.disabled-world.com/ cats can be classified as "Emotional Support Animals" or "Therapy Cats." Your cat can actually help with disorders such as anxiety, depression, and certain phobias in some cases. 

Scientific Benefits Of Being a Cat Mom/Cat Dad:

There is real scientific evidence of our feline companions reducing blood pressure, stress, and heart rate. A cats purring vibrational frequency may actually help us heal after injury, sleep better (according to a study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine), and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety by releasing endorphins in both you and your cat!

Does My Cat Need Special Training?

The great part about all this is that NO your cat doesn't need any training at all! Your cat already has what it needs to be your Emotional Support Animal. It would be difficult to 'train' your beloved feline any ways. Wouldn't it?

The benefits to going the extra mile to register your cat as an ESA are that they would be able to accompany you on airlines, without incurring a fee thanks to The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986. 

The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 protects the emotionally disabled person and his or her ESA from being turned away or being charged a pet security deposit. 

These laws protect the rights of the those with registered Emotional Support Animals and help to ensure that they have the help they deserve. 

How do I register my cat as an ESA?

You will need to have a letter from a medical professional (doctor, therapist, psychologist, etc.) describing the need for an Emotional Support Animal. When you have that you are able to register your pet as an ESA.

You will receive documentation to show that your pet is registered, however, keep in mind that you may have to provide the actual letter from the medical professional to your prospective landlord and airlines may request it a couple days ahead of your flight.

Something to keep in mind is that if you are flying out of the country, once the flight restrictions are eased, you might want to check the rules for your destination as they may be different. 

 

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