When you’re looking for an emotional support animal, you’re probably wondering whether it’s better to get an emotional support dog or an emotional support cat. Either animal has its advantages and disadvantages. If you don’t already have a pet of your own, you can check out our recommendations below and choose who is best for you.
Make the right decision.
When deciding who is better for you – an emotional support dog or an emotional support cat – there is no one-size-fits-all criteria. If you love dogs or cats more, the decision may seem easy. However, it is worth keeping in mind that an emotional support animal may differ from your preference.
It is still worth listening to what you know when searching for the best emotional support animal. If you know you like dogs, you may be more suited to an emotional support dog. If you know you like cats, you might be better off getting an emotional support cat
What kind of animal do you already have?
If you already have a cat or dog and they provide you with companionship, this animal can be your emotional support animal.
Be sure to indicate on the form with the health care professional who writes the emotional support letter that you already have a dog or cat for emotional support.
Consider the benefits of the animal.
Emotional support animals have benefits that may be the deciding factor in choosing an emotional support dog or emotional support cat. Both animals give you a companion. They are likely to be very loyal if you treat them right and can give you a sense of calm.
The benefits of emotional support dogs
– An emotional support dog may be easier to train than its feline counterpart.
– They can be more loyal to their owners.
– Dogs are generally more widely accepted as support animals in society.
– You can choose a dog of different sizes, breeds, and species.
Consider the negative aspects of emotional support dogs
– Dogs require a lot of attention and can be difficult to care for, especially on days when you are not feeling well.
– A dog may be more prone to being unfriendly to strangers.
– If you haven’t accustomed your dog, he may bark at people walking by or when you are out of the house.
Benefits of cats for emotional support
-Cats don’t require walks or other strenuous exercise and are usually easier to care for
– A cat usually doesn’t need as much attention and prefers to roam around the house on its own.
– Cats can just use the regular toilet.
– A cat is usually not as noisy as a dog, and may be easier to handle in situations where silence must be maintained.
Disadvantages of Emotionally Supported Cats
– Cats can be difficult to train.
– Some cats act antisocial and may not want to be around when you need emotional support.
– A cat usually uses a toilet that needs to be cleaned and cared for at all times.
Make your choice before officially registering your dog or cat for emotional support.
Regardless of which animal you choose, you will need to make a decision before you register your pet. You can’t get a letter about an emotional support animal until you have a pet with a name and know what it will do to make your life easier.
Choose any animal that is right for you, and be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type of animal.
Get connected with a licensed healthcare professional to obtain an ESA letter