A new survey has revealed that the average vet fees for cats are on the rise in the UK by around four per cent, with pet owners paying out £775 million last year.
According to Direct Line’s Pet Insurance data, in a bid to recoup veterinary costs, pet insurance claims were made on average nearly every two minutes, with cats mostly visiting their vets for treatment for wounds, tumours and gastrointestinal disorders, such as vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line, commented on their findings saying, “Our analysis reveals the importance of insuring your pet against illness and injury, as owners can be left footing bills running into thousands of pounds.
The most commonly claimed-for ailments for dogs and cats
“Many conditions can be easily treated so it is important to get your pet checked out as soon as you suspect something is wrong. Comprehensive pet insurance provides the vital peace of mind that a trip to the vet won’t always result in a trip to the bank.”
Direct Line Pet Insurance customers concerned about their pet’s health can take advantage of free access to the PawSquad app, which allows users to video call or text a vet in any situation including emergencies.
Sarah Page-Jones, Chief Veterinary Officer at PawSquad, added: “As time goes on, it becomes possible to treat pets more comprehensively and to manage a wider range of conditions, so average veterinary bills continue to rise.
“Unfortunately, we still see a far lower percentage of cats visiting their vet than dogs, often due to the stress caused to both pet and owner. PawSquad’s instant access, online video and chat service provides a stress-free way for pet owners to obtain veterinary advice from the comfort of their own home.”