While both offer comfort and support, they have different purposes and contexts.
Emotional support cats are owned by individuals and provide tailored companionship to those with emotional or psychological conditions in their own homes and when traveling.
They don't need formal training but can still offer a sense of calm and stability to their owners.
These cats can help alleviate symptoms of loneliness, anxiety, depression, and other mental well-being challenges.
On the other hand Therapy Cats undergo specialized selection and training to bring solace to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.
They work with trained handlers and provide emotional assistance in therapeutic environments.
These cats are well-equipped to socialize with diverse individuals and offer companionship where it's needed most.
Baldrick is a Therapy Cat and regularly visits people in places such as care homes.