Top 10 Cat Vet Visit Reasons

Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. released a list of the most common causes for cat vet visits in 2013.

By Cat Fancy Editors | Posted: April 25, 2014, 4 p.m. EDT

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Cats with ear infections, skin issues or stomach upset  rarely cause pet parents too much worry, but these cat health concerns might spark a visit to the vet to halt illnesses before they get worse.
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Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. recently analyzed data from 500,000 insured cats and dogs during 2013, and found the top 10 medical conditions affecting pets to the point of necessitating a veterinarian visit. Here are the top cat vet visit reasons


 Top Cat Conditions
1. Bladder or Urinary Tract Disease
 2. Periodontitis/Dental Disease
3. Chronic Kidney Disease
4. Excessive Thyroid Hormone
5. Upset Stomach/Vomiting
6. Diabetes
7. Intestinal Upset/Diarrhea
8. Lymphoma
9. Upper Respiratory Infection
10. Skin Allergies

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"To prevent some of the discomfort that so many pets experience from common diseases, the place to start would be by checking them regularly for developing problems,” Carol McConnell, DVM, MBA, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI, said in a press release. "Many of the conditions on our Top 10 list each year can be stopped early or successfully managed in partnership with a veterinarian.”

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VPI received more than 4,600 medical claims for cat urinary tract disease, the most common feline ailment, with an average cost per cat of $422.
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In its press release on the Top 10 list, VPI urged pet owners to familiarize themselves with their pets’ routine and behavior and schedule regular semiannual veterinary examinations to help prevent and identify medical conditions before they become serious or costly.
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Karen    Melbourne, FL

4/23/2015 11:35:18 AM

I spent almost $10,000.00 on my cat, Platelet. He had torn a ligament in his left hind leg and then fractured the right hind leg. We did not realize that the tendon was torn until 2 weeks after he was placed in the cast for the fracture. Then he had surgery and a second cast. The tendon tore again when the cast came off and the orthopedist did an arthrodysis and he lived at the Vet for 2 months to protect the surgery. Once the joint was stable and they removed the appliance, he dislocated the ankle. There was nothing left to do but amputate the leg after all that time and money. He is a very happy 3 legged cat that jumps up and down off the furniture. He can even get up on the bathroom counter via the commode.

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