Cats As Emotional Support Animals

Cats As Emotional Support Animals

There are millions of people around the world that suffer from anxiety disorders and depression. Symptoms may come in minor forms, but might also become debilitating. It really is no laughing matter and is quite serious.

Every day in the United States, television bombards it watchers with commercials of medication that are meant to help this. But sometimes, medication is not what a person needs and we should not need to constantly take medication to feel “normal.” At Emotional Support Animal Co., we recommend the use of a companion pet to help you alleviate these symptoms.

When people think of getting an emotional support animal, many people lean more to getting man’s best friend. But this article is meant to show the benefits of having a cat and how it may reduce our symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Cats? Really?

cat ownerWhen people think of cats, there are some reservations on how friendly cats may be. Cats are often times seen as territorial and willing to mind their own business. But if you warm up to a cat, you will find that it will be the perfect companion pet to be your emotional support animals.

We know that pets make us feel better. But what makes cats a good option to have as an emotional support animal?

Cats are known for their unconditional love, even if they are somewhat standoffish at first. By building up a relationship with a cat, you and your cat build a reciprocal relationship of trust. It is a great unconditional relationship that affects your cat when you are not present as your cat definitely misses you being around.

Cats give you a sense of responsibility by having to take time out to making sure of the cat’s well-being. By having a cat as a responsibility, you tend to lose focus of your anxiety and/or depression, which is something that you should welcome. Just the simple knowledge of your cat waiting for you to get home should alleviate your mood.

Cats are spontaneous creatures and do not stick to a basic routine. Cats tend to roam around, play with weird things, and generally become curious about certain objects. You can count on your cat to provide entertainment for you whenever you need to take a step back from the harshness of your disability. (Bonus attribute: Cats make good alarm clocks and their spontaneity will make sure you never need to set one again.)

Just like many animals, cats are extremely active. Whether they are chasing a string or hunting a small mouse outside, cats will always look to be on the move. This can benefit you as exercise is a major way to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Also, it may seem a bit out of place, but it is possible to train a cat to walk with a leash. So if you would like to go outside and walk with your cat, that becomes a possibility.

Cats can help with your social relationships, which may falter as a direct result of your anxiety or depression. Cats can act as an icebreaker, since they can pet and cuddled with. Sometimes, your cat will want to be the center of attention, so prepare for a new king or queen of the household.

Physical contact is always a nice way to get friendly and loving vibes. Cats are no different in this manner as they love to press up against you and maybe make you a nice chair for them to rest in.

Overall, cats make excellent pets to have around if you are suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression. Cats are great creatures and, even if they are not considered man’s best friend, they are certainly great animals to have and will always show you love.