THE KITTEN PATIENT

05/11/18

 

There’s nothing more exciting than bringing home a new kitten for the first time! And no matter how hard you prepare to make things perfect for your new addition, it sometimes just doesn’t work out that way and many things can go wrong. As we like to say, accidents can happen, and pets get sick!

Below are some common kitten insurance claims:

  1. Upper Respiratory Infection

Most cat owners, particularly those who have had more than one kitten in their lives, will have experienced the common symptoms of a cat with an upper respiratory infection. Adopting a cat or kitten from your local shelter, SPCA or even purchasing from a breeder often results in a kitty showing signs of a respiratory problem shortly after coming home. The typical signs of this are sneezing, coughing, running eyes and nose. Stress and the state of a cat’s immune system plays a major role in terms of how serious these respiratory infections can become. Kittens that are immune-compromised, just because they are young and adult cats that are stressed due to their environment or a change in environment, like being newly adopted, are most susceptible.

A visit to the veterinarian for an URI could cost up to $500.00.

  1. Foreign Body Ingestion/Obstruction

Kittens are curious, which is why it’s so important they don’t get the run of the entire house to pick up and chew on whatever they please. A foreign body is an item or object that enters the body easy enough but will get stuck or lodged during its exit. Commonly seen kitten foreign bodies include, hair or elastic bands, string or sewing thread, tiny kid’s toys, and home décor.

Tip: It’s okay to confine kittens to a pet pen or kitten-proof room if they can’t be supervised. Provide adequate & safe kitten toys.

A visit to the veterinarian for a foreign body could cost up to $3,500.

  1. Parasites

Intestinal parasites and/or worms are a very common illness seen in kittens. The most common types are Giardia, Roundworms, and Tapeworms. Most of the time the effects of parasites are short-term, however, if not diagnosed and treated can lead to serious issues. Also, commonly seen in kittens are Ear Mites. These microscopic pests are transmitted from animal to animal and can cause a dark, waxy residue resembling what looks like coffee grounds in the ear. If your kitten is scratching or shaking its head from side to side, chances are ear mites are to blame.

Tip: It’s important to see your veterinarian so they can rule out any external or internal parasites to keep you and your kitten safe!

A visit to the veterinarian to treat parasites could cost up to $500.

  1. Fractures

The leading cause of bone fractures in kittens is trauma. This usually results from falling from a high surface after exploring, being stepped on or roughhousing with other pets in the house. Depending on the location and type of fracture, the treatment required can vary greatly in terms of cost. Surgery is commonly required to fix most fractures, followed by months of rest – not a very fun time for your newly acquired feline or your wallet!

A visit to the veterinarian for a fracture repair could cost up to $5,000.

  1. Diarrhea

Having a kitten with diarrhea is common, but it should be taken seriously, as untreated dehydration could become a deadly symptom for your kitten. Diarrhea may not seem like an emergency, but it doesn’t clear up within a day or two, it could be an indication that something more serious is going on. Stress, dietary indiscretion, food intolerance, parasites and bacterial infections are the usual suspects. However, underlying much more serious medical issues can cause diarrhea as well, including immune disorders and viral infections such as Feline Infectious Peritonitis or Panleukopenia (Distemper).

Tip: Don’t wait until it’s too late: A treatment plan, diagnosis and supportive care from the veterinarian can save your kitten's life!

A visit to the veterinarian for diarrhea could cost up to $2,000.

It’s important to take your kitten to see the vet for an overall health check within the first 24-48 hrs of bringing them home. This allows your veterinarian to check for any birth defects, hereditary disorders, and/or abnormalities.

Every pet owner wants their pet to be happy & healthy and insuring your kitten early helps you get the best coverage possible. Accident & Illness coverage means you’re as prepared as you can be. Learn more and get a quote today: https://www.petsplusus.com/insurance-coverage/accident-illness-coverage