Cat health insurance is an increasingly popular purchasing decision for pet owners.
As veterinary care costs rise, cat owners (and dog owners as well) are more and more looking into alternatives to the increasingly high cost of pet medical care. One of those options is to buy an insurance policy.
Here are a number of companies that offer plans in different countries. We'll also look at some self-insuring options as well.
These companies offer pet insurance to customers in the US. We've already covered some top companies that offer plans to US residents here.
Veterinary Pet Insurance which offers two major medical plans.
Quick Care Pet Insurance which offers flexible plans with varying levels of coverage and deductibles.
These companies offer pet insurance to customers in the UK:
More Than pet insurance will cover older cats, and coverage includes alternative therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy. Their policies also include advertising and reward money if your pet gets lost, boarding fees if you are hospitalized, and bereavement counseling should you need it. More Than gives you a Personal Customer Manager to work with by phone or email.
Pet Protect has been offering pet insurance in the UK since 1983. One of the ways they differentiate themselves from other companies is that all of their policies are lifelong. This means that as long as you renew your policy, they will keep paying for treatment up to the benefit amount each year.
With other companies, you might run out of benefits at the end of 12 months, or when the financial limit was reached. This makes this type of policy good for chronic or catastrophic conditions. The also pay 50 percent for vet prescribed diets (not weight loss related).
While buying a full-featured policy is a good financial move in many cases, there are alternatives. Here are some possible alternatives to buying full-featured insurance policies.
There are two ways you can cut down on your insurance policy costs and still pay for your cat's medical expenses. The first method is to become fully self-insured where you cover the whole cost of your cat's health care yourself. The second is to buy a cheap policy that covers part of the cost, and cover the rest of the cost yourself.
Embrace is the only company offering pet insurance that you can totally customize. You can essentially piece together a policy that suits your needs, and pay more or less depending upon the options you choose. Chronic care coverage, dental, and prescription drug coverage are all available through Embrace.
Pet Assure is not insurance, but a discount plan for cat health care. Participating veterinarians give you a discount right at the time of service, so there are no forms to fill out or waiting for claims.
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