Pet Insurance Company Reveals Costliest Cat-Related Claims

Expensive cat illnesses include rectal cancer and bladder stones.

Posted: January 15 2008 2 a.m. EDT

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Pet Insurance Company Reveals Costliest Cat-Related Claims
When cats fall ill, it can be a traumatic and sometimes costly experience.
When cats fall ill, it can be a traumatic — and costly — experience. Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) ranked the most common, expensive illnesses based on claims received from thousands of pet owners.

The costliest conditions typically involve diagnostic tests and emergency surgery, where average fees run from $500 to nearly $3,000, VPI reports. The most expensive conditions for cats and their average fees are:

1. Foreign Body Ingestion (Small Intestine) — $1,629
2. Urinary Tract Reconstruction — $1,399
3. Foreign Body Ingestion (Stomach) — $1,391
4. Rectal Cancer — $1,011
5. Bladder Stones — $989
6. Intestinal Cancer — $942
7. Hyperthyroidism (Radiation) — $920
8. Fibrosarcoma (Skin Cancer) — $780
9. Acute Renal Failure — $565
10.  Mast Cell Tumors — $497

Although some conditions cost significantly more, these figures represent the most commonly claimed conditions based on reports from VPI’s 460,000 insured pets and their owners. Illnesses or injuries that were not commonly reported were not included in the ranking.

Treatment costs vary case by case, and financial figures were compiled based on the average cost of initial claims. VPI states that the figures are not intended to suggest typical reimbursements, reflect a national average of veterinary fees or account for ongoing fees associated with any of the conditions.

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David    Saint Louis, MO

3/25/2010 5:13:04 PM

I guess I'll have to just have a kitty saving account. Pet insurance costs too much for what you get. My cats usually cost 50-100 per year for shots, exams, medicine at the most. I can't afford 20+ dollars per month for insurance for a healthy pet. I'd rather save $200-300 for an emergency visit for one of my 4 cats.

Ellen    Attleboro, MA

1/16/2008 12:55:23 AM

I have a little kitty illness savings account~ Works better for me so far~ My girl had a mast cell tumor, and three operations before she was three~

Angela & Chica    Arlington, VA

1/15/2008 5:52:03 PM

Interesting! I would love to see more information on this subject, pet insurance, if possible

Kathy    Morehead City, NC

1/15/2008 10:14:17 AM

Interesting article but I think it's better, at least for me, to have a kitty savings acct, rather than paying premiums, to use for vet expenses.

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