Cat owners caught napping when it comes to cover

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  • | by Kristian Dando

Cat owners are lagging behind canine loving counterparts when it comes to taking out pet insurance, according to new research from Saga.

The company’s pet insurance division asked owners of both cats and dogs about their pet's policies and revealed that dogs are twice as likely to be insured as cats; 52 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.

With the average cost to treat a tumour in a cat being £274, pet owners are running the risk of a serious blow to their finances should their pet need unexpected care. Almost two in three owners of cats and dogs admit that they do not have any savings put aside to cover this - this is made up of 60 per cent of dog owners and 70 per cent of cat owners.

Buying a registered pedigree puppy can cost upwards of £400 but a kitten can cost as little as £20 or £30 but, most common medical conditions cost a similar amount for both animals.