Top 10 Kitten Accidents Revealed

Soft tissue trauma is the No. 1 accidental injury, says pet insurance company.

Posted: May 10, 2010, 3 a.m. EST

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Soft tissue trauma is the No. 1 accidental injury in kittens, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance of Brea, Calif., which recently looked at its database of more than 480,000 insured pets to find the top accidental injuries suffered by cats during the first two years of their lives.

Top 10 Kitten Accident Claims

  1. Soft tissue trauma
  2. Laceration or bite wound
  3. Foreign body ingestion
  4. Abrasion
  5. Leg fracture
  6. Eye trauma
  7. Sprain
  8. Insect bites and stings
  9. Torn nail
  10. Skin Puncture 

“While younger pets are less susceptible to serious illnesses such as cancer, our data shows that pets of all ages can suffer costly accidental injuries," said Carol McConnell, DVM, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. "Pet insurance is designed to defray unexpected treatment costs — whenever they may occur. It’s important for owners of puppies and kittens to keep in mind that just because their pets may be young, they’re not indestructible.”

VPI recommends that pet owners “baby-proof” their homes. Examples include clearing obstacles inside and out that an uncoordinated younger pet might collide with during playtime, removing items that can be mistaken for food from the floor and countertops and keeping all medications tightly sealed and securely stored in drawers or medicine cabinets.

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Sheryl    Casa Grande, AZ

5/10/2010 10:48:03 PM

Interesting.

Anon    City, CA

5/10/2010 7:02:39 PM

Interesting, but not really detailed.

Jeff    San Jose, CA

5/10/2010 6:07:06 PM

Interesting list!

Shirley    Tucson, AZ

5/10/2010 5:05:25 PM

Thanks for the list.

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