Extracts from Esadoctors.com:
Yes, it may be mostly ‘for the dog’s’ when it comes to service work for people with specific needs. But that doesn’t mean that cats can’t play such a role for people suffering from emotional or mental issues.
Cats (or any other type of animal) can indeed be considered an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). They too can provide love and emotional support to their owners in the same way dogs can. So, let’s explore this topic further.
Emotional Support Cat Requirements:
Have a cat or get a cat maybe by contacting your local ASPCA or Humane Society.
Make sure the therapist knows you do indeed need your cat to give you emotional support.
Get an ESA letter from a licensed therapist.
Contact your landlord and/or airline and provide your ESA letter.
It is generally true that cats can be more aloof than their canine counterparts. But that does not mean that cats won’t work as an ESA. You may just need to take more time when searching out the perfect candidate.
There are five specific tips on finding a great emotional support feline outlined in the Esadoctors.com link above.