Post Published on July 3, 2016 | Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny
Service Cat Registration Petition
When you think of a service animal is a dog or a miniature horse the only animal you think of? Under the law those are the only animals that are recognized. But not everyone wants a dog and how many people can really use a miniature horse? We need to recognize more animals and what better animal to add to the list than a cat.
A cat has many of the same abilities as a dog and more than a miniature horse. A cat also provides a few more benefits. A cat can do such important things such as warn a person if they are going to have a seizure, alert those with hearing impairments and provide feedback if someone’s blood sugar gets to low or high. These are just a few examples of what a service cat can provide. For some good examples of trained cats please visit YouTube and search “Trained Cats”.
In addition to the positive abilities a cat provides it also has a lower cost of care. One of the best things about a cat is that they don’t require multiple trips outside when nature calls. This alone can provide many individuals with a disability a service animal than a dog or miniature horse ever could. Many individuals with disabilities can’t go outside due to their condition and this prevents them from having a service animal. In addition to their lower maintenance cats require less food then most dogs or miniature horses. This is another benefit that many people with disabilities could benefit from. Many people with disabilities are on a very limited budget and adding the cost of feeding an animal to their already stretched budget may prevent someone from getting a badly needed service animal.
By adding a cat as a qualified service animal we would be providing possibly millions of persons with disabilities the chance to get the additional life experience that can only be provided by having access to a service animal. By having a cat as a service animal this will allow many individuals to do things that are impossible now.
When thinking about service animals let’s get cats on the list and make it possible for more individuals with disabilities a chance for a life that most people take for granted. We need to do everything in our power to allow everyone the chance for a good and productive life.