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13th May 2011

No Cat-astrophe for Black Cats

Petplan insurance claims show that black cats are actually lucky

Whilst Friday 13th makes many of us avoid walking under ladders or crossing paths with black cats; according to Petplan, the UK's favourite pet insurance provider, however these superstitions could not be further from the truth. The latest pet insurance claims show that black cats are actually the least accident prone, and lucky compared to other cats.

Petplan's data shows that black cats are 15%* less likely to suffer from an accident or injury compared to their more colourful feline friends, whereas, ginger cats are twice as likely to have a mishap.

Petplan's 'luckiest' cat according to its accident history is Tonto, a 10 year old black cat from Peterborough. His owner, Helen Mason commented: "Tonto is always getting himself into all kinds of mischief from the quite harmless such as getting tape stuck to his tail to the more serious like ripping out his own claw!"

Helen added: "Although Tonto now has a cloven hoof and a forked tongue due to his adventures, he's still going strong and demonstrates that cat's really do have at least 9 lives and thanks to Petplan I've saved over £1,000 in veterinary bills!"

Despite many of us believing that black cats are unlucky, the third most popular name for black cats insured by Petplan is "Lucky", with "Midnight" being the top choice. However, it seems many of us are yet to be fully convinced of black cats luck as only 20% of all cats adopted from re-homing animal shelters are black** making them one of the least popular choice. Tabby cats are the most popular colour closely followed by tortoiseshell.

Carl Stephens, Petplan Communications Manager commented: "Although Petplan has found black cats to be lucky, it's always good to be prepared. Since Tonto is covered by Petplan Helen Mason can rest assured that when her daring cat goes away on one of his adventures she'll be covered if his luck ever does run out!"

*Statistics from Petplan Insurance US.

**In 2010, 2,655 black cats were adopted from 29 of Cats Protection’s Adoption Centres which is 20% of overall total. Stat from Cats Protection.

Notes to editors

Petplan is the largest pet insurance provider in the world, offering comprehensive lifetime pet insurance cover for dogs, cats and rabbits.

Established more than 30 years ago, it is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest general insurers in the UK.

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