Top Ten Cat-astrophe Hot Spots Named

Charity pet insurer reveals the cat-claim capital of the UK


Winchester, Hampshire – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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PDSA Petsurance has hailed Edinburgh as the most cat-accident prone city in the UK, with nearly £30,000 worth of claims paid out to owners of poorly moggies in 2013.

PDSA Petsurance has hailed Edinburgh as the most cat-accident prone city in the UK, with nearly £30,000 worth of claims paid out to owners of poorly moggies in 2013.

Coming in second place on the top ten table is Leeds, whose owners claimed nearly £23,000 to cover vet bills for their feline friends’ accidents, illness and sickness, followed by Derby with £18,000 worth of cat claims*.
The figures have been revealed as the pet insurance industry expresses concerns over the number of cats left uninsured in the UK. In fact, PDSA figures indicate that only 34% of UK cats are insured** - leaving their owners at risk from unexpected and potentially unaffordable veterinary bills.

Price comparison site Gocompare.com backed up the charity’s concerns when they announced that only 20 per cent of quote completions in 2013 were from cat owners, compared to 80 per cent from dog owners***.
This figure is much lower than expected, given that cats are the most popular pet in the UK, with 9.5 million UK households owning a cat compared to the 7.8 million who own dogs**.

Research compiled by PDSA Petsurance also shows that the average UK cat claim on its books now costs around £377.

Gurpreet Dhillon, Product Manager for PDSA Petsurance, said: “Analysis of claims shows us just how much money cat owners are saving by taking out insurance policies, but given that there are an estimated 7.8 million* UK cats that aren’t insured, this serves as a reminder as to the cost implications connected with cat ownership.”

PDSA Petsurance also recorded a number of quirky claims that cost in excess of £1,000, including a cat who swallowed a ball and one mischievous moggy that ate an entire Eccles cake, leading to extensive vet treatment for raisin poisoning.
Poisoning from human chocolate is another popular claim, with cats choosing to chow down on the sweet treat, which contains theobromine and can be fatal if ingested in large quantities.

The most expensive claim paid out though, was to the owner of a cat with Myelodysplastic Syndrome – a blood-related medical condition – costing £5,123*.

PDSA, the UK’s leading vet charity, earns up 25% from every PDSA Petsurance policy purchased, which helps the charity treat the sick and injured pets of people in need.

To find out more about PDSA Petsurance please visit www.pdsapetsurance.co.uk
25.3% of policies will generate a donation of 25%. The average donation per policy is 18% of premium paid.
 
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* PDSA claims data 1 January 2013 – 14 October 2013
**Figures taken from PDSA’s PAW Report 2013
*** Gocompare.com data from January to December 2013
 
Notes to Editors:
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, providing free veterinary care for the sick and injured pets of people in need and promoting responsible pet ownership. For further information about PDSA please visit www.pdsa.org.uk or call 0800 731 2502.
 
For media enquiries, please contact Amy Dickin in the Press Office on 01952 204 740, email dickin.amy@pdsa.org.uk , or visit www.pdsa.org.uk/mediacentre


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