Can Cats Be Service Animals?

Can Cats Be Service Animals?

What are emotional support animals? Can a cat be one?
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I recently got a question about cats as service pets. This can be broken down into do cats qualify as a service animal? Can they only be an emotional support animal? Also, what is a therapy cat? Today we’re divin in to the legalese!

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  1. meestaShin on June 27, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Only dogs can be service animals. Cats can only be emotional support animals. Cats don’t have the strength or body build for it. Dogs have almost double the neurons in their cerebral cortex and bigger physical builds, which makes them more dependable to make good decisions and even drag people. People keep mistaking service animals being in the same space as emotional support animals.

  2. Golden Paws on June 27, 2022 at 3:39 am


  3. jfletc3000 on June 27, 2022 at 3:40 am

    i have a cat and i might lose him i need him to help me with the death of my wife i life gone downhill after her passing plus my health too i have a back issue and im on ssi i afraid i wont get him back my family doesnt understand what he mean to me he made want to get up in the morning there was times i want to sleep more than be away when i slept i saw my wife my dreams was my reality and my reality was my nightmare i was alone didnt know what to do or turn my cat help me now i might lose him now i feel all alone again i homeless now i will be with my brother but i still feel alone without my cat Simba none my family understand this im a 52yrs male and starting is hard feeling that i might lose simba i cant stop crying i know this is wrong for a grown man to cry but i cant help i feel like my wife has died all over again im on instagram jfletc3000 it you know how to help me deal with this please dm me i tried to find help but failed i just need to talk to someone

  4. Jahna Derr on June 27, 2022 at 3:42 am

    The biggest reason why cats do not have public access no matter what training they may or may not have, is many many people are ALLERGIC to cats.

    This is the reason all other "exotic" animals cannot be service animals. Birds, cats, monkeys, etc. carry many more illnesses that can be passed on to humans. There are many more people allergic to cats and birds as there are those allergic to dogs.

  5. Jennifer Bennett on June 27, 2022 at 3:44 am

    Lovely cats

  6. Sam G on June 27, 2022 at 3:45 am

    I live in Winnipeg Canada and my landlord said if I get a cat I have to leave and I have esa latter from my physic nurse and still won’t allow me to get one

  7. Insomnia on June 27, 2022 at 3:49 am

    If I ever manage to get a service animal I wanna get a cat, I am more of a cats person and Bond better with them, from own experience I know that my cats are mirroring my emotions, they automatically come to me when I‘m crying and also stop me from stuff like nailbiting even without training, I think that if one finds the right cat it’s possible to train it to behave in public spaces like a service dog would.

  8. thecoolhilary yay on June 27, 2022 at 3:50 am

    Everytime i cry my cat trys to make me happy and it always work

  9. Suzy Ra on June 27, 2022 at 3:51 am

    I don’t think so is cat save handler from seizure and diabetic and balance issuse and mobilty issues

  10. emma on June 27, 2022 at 3:52 am


  11. Froggy Plays on June 27, 2022 at 3:54 am

    There are service cats

  12. Natalya Rodriguez on June 27, 2022 at 3:55 am

    I have a friend who has a therapy cat who turns the lights on/off, can turn on/off faucets, lays on him to calm him down in an anxiety attack, warns him when his legs are giving out due to anxiety,and who is leash trained. Why is that not considered a service animal?

  13. Asher on June 27, 2022 at 3:56 am

    They can be servuce animals in some states and canada

  14. FallenAngel DeathPop on June 27, 2022 at 3:57 am

    My cat a esa She comes with me to a lot of places She also alerts others if I have or am beginning to have PTSD moment, seizures and anxiety … She also trained to bring me my pill bag every morning… Was told to have a service dog by my therapist and doctor. But I chose a cat

  15. Kathy Cronin on June 27, 2022 at 3:58 am

    I have terrible ocd and depression, I suffer from self harming tendencies., could this make me eligible for a service animal?

  16. Kip Bly on June 27, 2022 at 3:58 am

    I’m allergic to dogs and love cats. PTSD symptoms my kitten helps me from self harm

  17. KayKayCute1357 S on June 27, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Usually, it is hard to train cats…. sense they are independent animals. Dogs are likely more easy to train because, there more love-able. Your lucky if you can get a cat to give you paw.

  18. coast .14 on June 27, 2022 at 4:00 am

    Im getting a service esa cat

  19. Zeke the APBT Service Dog on June 27, 2022 at 4:04 am

    ADA only allows dogs and mini horses, NO other species.

  20. Vaas on June 27, 2022 at 4:06 am

    the ADA is completely backwards, outdated and discriminating against the people who cannot have a dog or mini horse as a service animal and require something else. as long as the animal has the intelligence and capability of being taught at least one task to help a persons disability, capable of being toilet trained, kept hygienic and trained to not be a noise nuisance it shouldn’t matter what animal it is. the law needs to change because disabled people that cannot have a dog or mini horse whether because of allergies, costs, not big enough living space, etc. are suffering under the ADA with possible life threatening health problems because of how restrictive and outdated it is.

    an example would be someone who needs a seizure alert service animal, however they are allergic to dogs and horses. if they get a cat or parrot or whatever and can train it under the guidelines of a service animal i don’t care that they’re breaking the law, their life is much more important over some backwards rule.

  21. Katie Schurman on June 27, 2022 at 4:08 am

    So I just seen a spirit behind u by the yellow thing(Between that and your neck) must be a spirit of a kitty . I’m co founder of Racine Paranormal Investigators. Message me or follow us on Facebook if u want to talk!

  22. Autumn Hippie on June 27, 2022 at 4:11 am

    servicedogpaws, chronicallyjaquie on Youtube are two accounts who heavily advocate for Service dogs, and go into detail about what the differences between ESA and service dogs who are recognized under ADA laws

  23. Cool Sh!t on June 27, 2022 at 4:11 am

    Service animals are protected by the federal government, means people can kick you out if you bring an emotional support animal and face no legal action.

  24. An Unlucky Ducky on June 27, 2022 at 4:13 am

    As a person who wants to be an animal trainer, and train multiple types of service animals, I hope to change that. It is quite worrying that people with service cat’s are rare, as cat’s are almost as difficult to train as a medium size dog(without clicker training)

  25. Amanda Willison on June 27, 2022 at 4:15 am

    I have a emotinal support cat and bird.

  26. Nita F on June 27, 2022 at 4:15 am

    thanks so much for doing this and mentioning me your super nice. you mention a raw diet. what do people give animals for diets? Is it safe for cats?

  27. Kuty Hooves on June 27, 2022 at 4:16 am

    It makes sense for a cat not to be a service animal because of the difficulty of doing so, for many reasons. Yet, I see no reason for a cat who is trained and we’ll equipped to service a human, not to classified as one. I have pstd disorder and mdd, and my cat is registered as an emotional support animal. She calms me down when I have an attack, like if I’m crying, shaking, screaming, or in distress, she immidetly stops everything and paws at me. She then will lick me and sit on my lap or chest putting her head under my chin to distract me. She also talks to me regularly, such as a human would to others trying to communicate. She provides me comfort when I need a friend, and is constantly watching over me and follows me everywhere I go. So such cases like this, I see no reason to deny a cat to be an emotional support animal.

  28. Allenah McClendon on June 27, 2022 at 4:16 am

    While service cats are not covered by the ADA, they are still a thing. You also have to follow state laws, like in Mississippi, where PSD’s do not have public access rights. In some states, they allow service cats. I don’t like it when people post videos without doing proper research. Before you post more videos of this sort, can you please do more research because some people out there don’t know much, and will go to your video and take that information instead of doing all the research they should do, because THEY think that YOU did it when you didn’t and are possibly making things harder for them. At least tell people to do more research on their own during you videos.

  29. Danielle G. on June 27, 2022 at 4:16 am

    Montana, Oregon, North Dakota, North Carolina, Mississippi, Indiana, Alaska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia all allow service cats

  30. Louie The service cat on June 27, 2022 at 4:19 am

    I don’t care about the ada I am in Canada Ontario and under our OADA allow service animals such as dogs and cats louie is a recognized service animal in Ontario Canada and will even get his PA test when he’s a year old

  31. Noel Stormguard Dalmatian SDiT on June 27, 2022 at 4:19 am

    Can a cat be a Service Animal? (YES, where states allow.)

  32. levikush10 on June 27, 2022 at 4:22 am

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  33. Alexander Sweet Boyo on June 27, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Cats can be ESAs but not service animals, ESAs can live in no pet housing and fly free in plane cabins, ESAs can not go into stores or no pet places, therapy animals go to hospitals, library’s, and other places they are approved to go to by the place,they can not go into stores or no pet places, service dogs/mini horses can go anywhere with their handler the only place they can’t go is to religious properties if the properties owner does not want them to be there

  34. Miss Toasty on June 27, 2022 at 4:23 am

    I think alot of the confusion is the Word in itself : Service Animal. There are 3 different types of service Animals only 1 type is allowed all public access and share the same law in all states there is no alterations.

    1. Emotional Support Animal is a Service Animal. However, there is no need for training involved. This provides emotional support for a person. The rights they have only is Housing and Flying. They are allowed in homes or apartments where there are restrictions. They are allowed to fly with their owners as well. However before flying they need a letter stating they are an ESA from their doctor.

    So again they are only protected by the Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) of 1988 and The Air Carrier Access Act establishes a procedure for modifying pet policies on aircraft to permit a person with a disability to travel with a prescribed emotional support animal, so long as they have appropriate documentation.

    2. Therapy Animals – provide comfort to people in hospitals, old age homes, rehabilitation facilities, and other places where therapeutic assistance could be of importance. They are not protected in the ADA for public access, nor FHAA or ACAA.

    3. Service Dogs/Miniature Horses – are the only one protected for all public access. Here is a snippet of the law:

    Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA

    A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability

    Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.

    Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

    In addition to the provisions about service dogs, the Department’s revised ADA regulations have a new, separate provision about miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.(Miniature horses generally range in height from 24 inches to 34 inches measured to the shoulders and generally weigh between 70 and 100 pounds.) Entities covered by the ADA must modify their policies to permit miniature horses where reasonable. The regulations set out four assessment factors to assist entities in determining whether miniature horses can be accommodated in their facility. The assessment factors are (1) whether the miniature horse is housebroken; (2) whether the miniature horse is under the owner’s control; (3) whether the facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight; and (4) whether the miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.

    So "Service Cats" or "Service Lizards" are not permitted at all by the ADA and do not have public access. But is allowed to fly with you or live with you in a pet restricted house given you provide documentation.

  35. no on June 27, 2022 at 4:23 am

    ESAs arent service animals they cant go in all places no pets allowed only planes and housing

  36. Juna Matrix on June 27, 2022 at 4:23 am

    My cat is a task trained service cat and has been my partner for over 7 years. He has passed his public access test. If your curious to see him and how he works here is the link to his video

  37. Wewe Mcrhyne on June 27, 2022 at 4:26 am

    My child needs an emotional support cat. Luckily cats are allowed in her apartment complex

  38. idkwhat to name dis lol on June 27, 2022 at 4:31 am

    Would i qualify for being able to have a esa cuz my mom died and i beened sad about it for 2 years btw im 12

  39. Charlotte Manasco on June 27, 2022 at 4:33 am

    I have a question. I suffer w/ really bad anxiety attacks and I have a 3 year old tabby cat that I’ve had since he was 6 months old. He helps to calm me down; along w/ the medication from my doctor; when I have an anxiety attack. But since he’s a cat, I can’t call him a service animal. Do the links u list help me 2 register him as a service animal? He’s all the things u mentioned in the video. He’s up 2 date w/ his shots, fixed, good around other people and animals, laid back and is on a good diet. The only thing he eats is Friskie’s wet and dry cat food mixed. Hell, he’s like a kid. He follows me around everywhere I go, LOL.

  40. Twin Stars System on June 27, 2022 at 4:34 am

    We’d probably benefit from a service animal for our dissociation in the future, but dogs set my anxiety off and i struggle to trust dogs no matter how well i know them, so a cat would be ideal, but we haven’t seen anything about service cats with that speciality

  41. Oreoblizzard AJ on June 27, 2022 at 4:35 am

    I’m so scared of dogs….

  42. Jelena Vecic on June 27, 2022 at 4:37 am

    I have PTSD and i have cat.when i have nightmares she wakes me hp right away, when im.down or have anxieties she is trying to confort me, purring , i walk make cat outside, we have out excersise every night arouns 8pm (running and chasing each other), she is always by my side, she can understand 2 languages and understand very well commands. For my health consition cat is perfect option.

  43. xXbambi xX on June 27, 2022 at 4:37 am

    CATS CAN NOT BE SERVICE ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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