Curiosity killed the cat, we often say. Of course, the cat’s curiosity doesn’t always actually kill him. But cats are notorious for landing themselves in all sorts of scrapes because of their inquisitive nature. Whether it’s a strange vehicle, a hole in the ground, a chimney, someone else’s garage, even a drawer or a washing machine – the world is full of places your cat just has to investigate – and get into trouble as a result.
In fact, the cat has been called the most accident-prone of all pets. Because your cat is independent, likes to wander, and is very nosey, it’s hard to prevent him getting into tight corners. What you can and must do is insure him with pet insurance. Without cat insurance you could find his adventures cost you more than you can afford.
Cat insurance is vital. Here are some examples of things that can and do happen to cats.
• Cats seem to love to do a last-minute dash across the road in front of oncoming vehicles. Every year there are literally hundreds of road accidents involving cats. Injuries usually cost at least £1,000, more often £2,000 plus.
• Cat poisoning is very common – their investigations often take the form of sampling something by eating or drinking. There are lots of plants and other substances round the house, garden and outbuildings that can poison a cat. For example cats find antifreeze very attractive but it’s highly poisonous to them.
• Cats love to climb trees and high buildings and can be injured by jumping down and misjudging the distance. There is a belief that cats always fall safely, but it’s not true.
• It has been known for a cat to climb inside a washing machine if it’s left open, and end up going through the whole wash cycle.
• It’s by no means uncommon for a cat to climb into a removal van or other strange vehicle and be carried hundreds of miles away. In a few cases the cat is lucky enough to be returned – this is more likely if it’s microchipped. More often the terrified cat will jump out as soon as the vehicle is opened, and run straight into traffic.
This is only a small selection of the things that can happen to your cat thanks to his inquisitive nature! His curiosity won’t always kill him – but his injuries can be very expensive to treat.
Cat insurance won’t change his nature – and you wouldn’t want it to. But without cat insurance, could you afford to deal with the possible consequences?