Cat Illness Plan and Take Your Cat To the Vet Week
Because it is take your cat to the vet week, I wanted to talk a bit more about why it is super important to make sure that your cat gets checkups. I just had my checkup at the Morris Veterinary Clinic and with the help of my Thundershirt for cats I for the first time remained calm and both my carrier and I stayed clean.
We cats instinctually hide illness and injury from our parents. We can’t help this, it is wired into us from our wild ancestors. Survival of the fittest. We don’t want to be an easy target so we cats are very skilled at covering up when we don’t feel well.
By the time a cat shows symptoms, they could be very sick. I am living with feline diabetes so I need checkups and ProZinc injections twice per day. My parents are attentive to my condition and at times might even be classified as helicopter parents, because they hover over me so much.
First Cat Only Pet Insurance Plan
Pets Best Insurance, one of the nation’s leading pet insurance providers, recently added a new, low-cost feline specific plan, with plan options starting at less than $4 a month. The company has offered pet insurance policies to both cats and dogs since 2005, but this feline only plan illness plan is the first of its kind, in that it only covers costly feline illnesses-whereas the standard plans cover both illness and accidents.
After listening to the needs of cat owners from across the nation, Pets Best Insurance, the very company that was founded by US pet health insurance pioneer, Dr. Jack Stephens, has launched a low cost feline-only illness cat insurance plan to help cat owners provide the best veterinary care to their pets.
“While pet insurance is certainly increasing in popularity, we’re not seeing cat owners insure their pets as the same rate as dog owners,” Dr. Stephens said. “We’ve been told the reason is because our standard plan coverage was almost too comprehensive for indoor-only cats. Cat owners’ primary worry seems to be cat-specific illnesses—and so the Feline Illness plan was born.”
Dr. Stephens said premium cost is another thing Pets Best Insurance took into consideration, and that the average Feline Illness plan starts at just a few dollars a month, depending on the deductible selected.
“We wanted to provide an affordable introductory pet insurance for cat owners to help cover higher vet costs associated with the more-expensive illnesses that are entirely out of the cat owner’s control,” he said.
Some of the most expensive feline illnesses covered include, cancer, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, chronic renal failure and pancreatitis, just to name a few.
“Before you know it, your cat could be very sick,” he said. “If you have cat insurance, you can take them into the vet early on without worrying about the vet bill.”
The Feline Illness plan covers over 20 feline illnesses and reimburses cat owners up to a $4,000 annual limit per year, and up to a $10,000 lifetime limit. While the plan does not cover all feline illnesses, disease or accidents, Pets Best Insurance thinks the coverage is extremely comprehensive and will help even more pet owners protect their beloved pets.
“We still recommend our standard plans for cats that include coverage for illness and accidents. However, if a feline owner on a tighter budget wants a plan that covers a good majority of the severe or chronic cat diseases; our Feline Illness plan will be the answer.”
Dr. Stephens said indoor-only cat owners sometimes think their cats are safer. But illnesses like cancer, kidney disease and diabetes are rampant in cats and treatment for these conditions can be thousands of dollars.
“Cat illness coverage seemed like an obvious necessity and it was something that was lacking in the industry until now.”
Cat owners can get a free quote at www.petsbest.com and purchase online or over the phone. While pet insurance premiums are based on age, location and breed, the feline illness only plans start as low as $4 a month.