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Can a Cat Be Declared a Comfort Animal and How Do You Do that?

Can a Cat Be Declared a Comfort Animal and How Do You Do that?

People think of only a dog as an emotional support animal, but in fact, a cat can be declared an emotional support animal, too.

Emotional support animals help people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, PTSD and other illnesses to help as a Therapy Pet. Why not a cat?

Therapy Pets help improve the lives of people who are in need of comfort and well-being while they travel or navigate the public areas.

In order to name your cat as an Emotional Support Cat you have to get a letter from a licensed mental health professional who says you need an official Emotional Support Animal letter.

Just like a dog, cats can provide the love and support needed for people in stressful situations and help those suffering from emotional issues. Animals that are declared Emotional Support Animals are not service animals and do not require any specific training.

Having this designation for your cat allows you to have her in a no-pet apartment or condominium complex under the Fair Housing Act.

Also, the Air Carrier Access Act allows you to travel with your emotional support cat and you don't have to pay any additional fees or buy an extra ticket for your cat. Of course, you may have specific airline requirements, and things are constantly changing, so you should contact your airline at least 48 hours in advance of taking the flight in order to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork.

In general, getting permission to make your cat an Emotional Support Cat is not that complicated. Many organizations will charge to help you fill out the application, but it is easily searched at the ESA Registration of America at https://www.esaregistration.org. The explanation, the requirements and the application are all on the site.
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