Manage Health Better
The primary purpose of having an emotional support cat is to improve mental health. The presence of a cat at home or while traveling significantly lowers the chances of having anxiety, nervousness, depression or any kind of emotional distress. The human body reacts positively by producing happy hormones when around cats which aids better mental health.
Live in Rental Properties
You can get an emotional support cat letter for housing and live with your cat in all rental properties without restrictions. The Fair Housing Act asks landlords to not discriminate against emotional support cat owners for their disability. You are legally allowed to accommodate properties with no-pet policies as well.
Take Your Cat in College Dorms
Going along the provisions of the Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, schools and colleges are obliged to accommodate emotional support cats in their dorms. Any student with a legit emotional support cat letter from licensed mental health professionals can take their felines in college dorms.
Unfortunately, you can no longer use your emotional support cat letter to travel with your feline. Also, as per the new Federal Rules, the airlines are not obliged to accommodate emotional support animals or ESA cats in the airplane cabin free of charge. Every airline has different procedures for traveling with an emotional support cat. We recommend you to connect with your airline 48 hours before your flight to avoid any issues.
Pay no Additional Costs
If you own a legitimate emotional support cat letter, you are not required to pay additional costs for your pet. Whether it is a rental property with a no-pet policy or an apartment with strict pet policies, you are not obliged to pay pet deposits or pet fees. NOTE: Pet fees for flying are subject to individual airline rules as per the new Air Carrier Access Act (in effect from 31st January 2021).
No Training Required
Unlike service animals, you are not required to train your emotioanl support cat. They don’t have to complete a special training course to become a certified emotional support animal cat. However, if you are planning to take your ESA cat in public places or live with it, there is no harm in training them for some basic etiquettes.