We strongly recommend you take out insurance for your cat as soon as possible, to assist with unexpected veterinary fees.
Veterinary practices are improving their services all the time and as human medicine progresses some of the diagnostic techniques and treatments find their way into veterinary practice.
Most practices now have wide-ranging facilities such as hospitalisation with general anaesthetic facilities and ultrasound scanning.
Treatment costs do not come cheap and repairing broken bones following an accident can soon exceed £1,000 or more. This may come as quite a shock and cause a payment problem.
It is not surprising therefore that more and more pet owners are taking out insurance policies.
Cats can be insured, with most policies costing no more than a few pounds a month, as the average cat insurance claim is less than the average dog claim.
When To Take Out A Policy
The same rules apply to buying a pet policy as your own health insurance policy – buy it when young and healthy and there are no existing conditions to report. Read the small print carefully and take particular notice of the terms and conditions that will explain what is and what is not covered together with any excess payments that may be required.
What Do You Get For Your Money?
In general, diagnosis and treatment for any accident, injury, or illness, should be covered - but please check this with your provider as not all pet insurance policies are equal.
However, pre-existing and chronic conditions will almost certainly be excluded or subject to an excess. Any insurance policy with a high claim likelihood has to maintain a careful balance between premium level, excess charges and exclusions for the insurer to remain in business.
Third Party Liability
This is an important benefit to protect pet owners against being sued if their pet causes damage or injury. This can be a cat causing a road accident.
As with most types of insurance, premiums will vary according to risk. A valuable pedigree can command a higher premium than a moggy. Postcodes will also be taken into account and proximity to built up areas of towns and cities.
Routine and preventive care will be excluded together with anything classed as cosmetic. All pre-existing conditions will also be excluded.
One in three pets may require unexpected veterinary treatment every year.
You may be surprised to hear that you are more likely to claim on your pet insurance than your car or household policies. In fact, in our experience if you are one of the few people who don’t need to claim on your pet insurance you really are very lucky indeed!
It’s important to be aware that not all pet insurance is the same. Some policies limit the amount of time or money that you can claim for. Don’t just shop around on price alone.
Whilst advances in veterinary medicine mean we can do more for your pet, treatment costs can soon mount up. We recommend lifetime cover pet insurance to all our clients to help cover unexpected vets bills.