They may have nine lives, but cats still need the right care if they get sick or injured. It’s true that cats tend to land on their feet – but that doesn’t mean that they don’t pick up illnesses and injuries too.
So is pet insurance worth it for cats? In a word, yes. Vet bills can quickly mount up, but pet insurance can help cover these costs and ensure that your cat can receive the best care possible.
However, not all policies are the same. When shopping around, you want to make sure your plan covers everything you might need. From paying out for chronic illnesses and breed-specific conditions, to covering advertising costs if your cat is lost or stolen, a comprehensive plan will help you keep your cat happy and healthy.
Long-term illnesses and injuries that need extensive treatment can be more costly than you might think. Some insurance policies place restrictive veterinary limits on a condition which means you may find yourself having to pay a lot more towards your pet’s health than you might have budgeted. So it’s vital to look at the policy details when browsing for pet insurance so you know what to expect when it comes to your cat’s health plan.
Our figures show that illnesses account for more than 90% of claims – so whether your cat spends their time indoors or outdoors, having insurance is really important. These surprise trips can be expensive, but Petplan’s cat insurance means you can be protected if your feline companion needs veterinary care.
If your cat develops a common chronic illness this could require expensive treatment and medication over many years – so it’s sensible to put insurance in place to help cover the cost of veterinary bills.
Because most policies won’t cover pre-existing conditions, you might not be able to get insured for a particular condition after your cat develops it. Insuring your cat as early as possible before any ill health occurs will give you peace of mind that you won’t be hit with an unexpected veterinary bill.
At Petplan, we have two different types of cat insurance so you can decide which one suits you best.
Some cat owners decide to self-insure – in other words, to put money aside to pay for any veterinary bills without insurance.
But it’s important to remember that younger cats are still prone to injuries or getting ill. If your cat needed treatment in their first few years, you might have to choose between paying a bill you couldn’t afford or compromising your pet’s health. Even if they fall ill once they get older, there is still no guarantee that you would have saved enough to give your cat the best possible care.
Certain cat breeds will experience health problems more frequently. For example, Persian cats are more susceptible to breathing difficulties and chest infections, while Ragdolls have a higher risk of suffering from gastrointestinal disorders.
It’s important that you find out what the common health issues are for your breed and consider all aspects of caring for your feline companion. You should also be aware that your cat’s breed can affect the cost of your insurance policy.
Insurance costs tend to be higher for pedigree cats, but this is because they will more likely need unexpected treatment. If you are considering bringing a pedigree cat home, the right insurance could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Find out what to look out for with our cat breed advice pages below.
We also offer a range of other benefits which you may never have thought you could claim for within your cat insurance policy. For example, we can help cover the purchase price of your cat if they get lost or stolen, or the cost of a cattery or someone looking after your pet if you are hospitalised. Pet insurance can help cover you for such instances.
Along with vet fees our policies also cover you for:
Insuring your cat allows you to budget monthly for unexpected veterinary bills. Petplan allows you to pay monthly or yearly instalments via direct debit at no additional cost, helping you budget for your pet’s care in a way that works for you.
If you have more than one pet, you’ll be eligible for a yearly discount per pet through our Multi-pet insurance cover.
When you’re choosing cat insurance, it’s important to pick a policy that’s tailored to your cat’s specific needs. Here are some key considerations to think about:
We’ll cover vet’s bills up to £12,000 per year depending on the plan you choose
We cover MRI and CT scans as standard
We can pay your vet directly
We settle 90% of claims in 5 working days
Our insurance offers peace of mind for owners. Get a quote with us today and you are one step closer to knowing your cat will get the best care when they need it most.
Pet insurance policies are as unique as pets themselves. At Petplan, we calculate your premium based upon a range of factors such as your cat’s age and breed, and where you live. What you pay will also depend on what policy you choose.
You can insure a cat from the time they are 6 weeks old. Insuring your pet from as young as possible will help to ensure any new conditions are covered.
If you want to take out our Covered For Life® policy, you need to do so before your cat reaches 10 years of age. You can still take out our Petplan Essential policy at any age.
At Petplan, we like to be transparent. We’re open about what isn’t included in your policy, and if we place any extra exclusions on your cover for any reason, we will clearly state them on your Certificate of Insurance.
Insurance is designed to cover unforeseen incidents which means we don’t cover the general costs of looking after a pet such as vaccinations, spaying/neutering, worming, and flea treatments. Like most pet insurance providers, we do not cover illnesses and injuries your pet had before you took out a policy with us.
You must keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date for the duration of your Petplan insurance. If you choose not to vaccinate, you will not be covered for conditions that your pet should have been vaccinated against.
Cats must be vaccinated against feline infectious enteritis, feline leukaemia and cat flu. Again, this normally starts with a course of two injections at 9 and 12 weeks of age, followed by an annual booster.