Emotional support animals provide unconditional love and comfort to their owners. Your furry friend will motivate you to get out of bed every day.
You cannot deny the positive vibe you get from your support animal. Researches have also shown how pets can help individuals who are dealing with stress and other mental issues.
However, keeping a pet is not easy. If you qualify for an emotional support animal, your mental therapist will provide you with an ESA letter. With a legitimate ESA letter, you can get an ESA of your choice.
You might think you can only keep a cat or a dog for an emotional support animal. This is not the case. Some people like to think outside the box by keeping a few other animal species as well.
Are you also allergic to fur? You don’t want cat hair on your furniture? Are you looking for some other animals to be your ESAl?
You are at the right place then. Here is a list of animals you can have as an emotional support animal.
What more relaxing than having a small, fuzzy creature live with you?
Do you know what is the best thing about a rabbit as an emotional support animal? They are quiet, shy animals. You will not have to worry about the excessive noise keeping your neighbours awake.
Bunnies are extremely quiet, hence well suited for an apartment. Your neighbours will not be bothered by you for keeping an animal. Also, bunnies have a very loving nature that will help you bond with them.
Are you worried if your apartment would be small for your bunny? That’s the best part of keeping a bunny. You don’t have to worry about your apartment space for your rabbit. These small, adorable creatures occupy a very little place.
You can set up a litter box and food in specific places. You don’t have to take them for a walk like dogs. They also don’t need a backyard to roam around. In such a case, a rabbit will be your go-to support animal.
Yes, ducks can also be your support animal. You must be wondering if anyone has ever gotten a duck as an ESA?
Well, yes. In 2016 a duck named Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt went viral after its appearance at the airport. Daniel became a celebrity when it was spotted on the airport with a captain America diaper and red shoes.
Daniel’s owner described how the duck had been a great support for her. Whenever Daniel felt something wrong with her, it would just come up to her and help her calm down by playing and giving lots of hugs.
Ducks are exotic animals, but you can keep them to relax and soothe your mind.
Do you want an animal you can interact with? Look no more.
According to scientific research, so far birds are the only animals who are able to replicate human speech. Birds are really intelligent creatures. This is the best reason to get a bird as your emotional support animal.
Especially, parrots. If you teach your parrot how to speak, you will always a communication partner with you. Your bird will be there for you to respond to you and talk to you using the words you taught it.
Another great reason to have birds is that you will not have to worry about their litter boxes or to take them to a walk every day.
If you have a dog, you have to take them to run to keep them happy and healthy. Similarly, for a cat, you have to constantly change their litter to make sure your house is clean and odourless.
In the case of birds, they can use their cage as a bathroom space. Yes, you will have to clean their cage, but that’s convenient as compared to taking care of a cat or dog.
Have you ever heard of Turkey as an emotional support animal? Do you find Turkey an unusual creature for an ESA?
Well, I have some news for you if you haven’t heard before. In 2016, a woman was allowed to fly on Delta Airlines along with her emotional support turkey.
While some people might think of turkey as an exotic animal, these big birds can prove to be a great companion to provide you comfort and relieve.
These tiny little balls of fur can prove to be a great companion for you. Hamsters have a very calm personality. Their soothing presence can really help a mentally disturbed person. They will just curl up on your lap to provide you mental relief.
The best part about keeping a hamster as an emotional support animal is that they are inexpensive, independent and occupy a very little space.
Keeping an emotional support animal should not break your bank. Feeding a hamster is also very easy and inexpensive. All you need is a big bag of hamster mix which contains all the necessary ingredients like grains, seeds and proteins.
Buying pet houses for cats and dogs can cost you a little, especially if you are a student. Hamsters are the best in such a case. They occupy such a little space; they are easy to take care and their small size makes them perfect for little children.
Just like cats and dogs, horses are also kept as pets. In this case, keeping a horse can be another example of an emotional support animal. Horses have a high trainability due to which it is easier to keep them in the backyard of your house.
Horses are very playful animals. They are easy to take care of if you have a proper place for them and enough resources.
Another advantage of having horse is that horses have a long time span as compared to other animals. So, you can have a long-lasting bond with your companion.
You can choose any emotional animal of your choice. The purpose is that your ESA should provide you mental relief. Dogs and cats are the first two animals that pop into your mind when we talk about emotional support animals.
If you don’t want a dog or cat, you can go for the above-mentioned animals or any other animal of your choice. An ESA provides unconditional love and relief and that is the only thing that matters.
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