Cat insurance

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Why do I need cat insurance?

Cats are a lot harder to train than dogs, and they can be unpredictable. That can lead to accidents, illnesses or injuries – which means unexpected vet bills for you.

Pet insurance can help cover the cost of healthcare if they get injured or fall ill.

If your cat has a recurring health problem, it can be covered by a pre-existing conditions policy, as long as it hasn't had any symptoms for 24 months.

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How much is cat insurance?

It really depends on the age, size, breed and health of your cat, plus your own personal information like your address.

A young, fit moggy living at a postcode well away from busy roads is likely to pay less than an elderly Persian in a built up city location. Find out more about how your pet insurance price is affected by where you live, and the cost of insuring older pets.

To find out exactly how much your cat will cost to insure, you’ll need to get a quote – it only takes a few minutes.

Treatment costs

The cost of treatment varies, depending on the type of injury or illness, whether it’s a chronic condition, the breed of your cat, where you live and which vet you use. But you could be looking at a bill in the thousands of pounds for broken bones or pet hospital stays – could you afford to pay that yourself?

Pet insurance can cover a large part of the cost. The type of pet insurance you choose will depend on how much you can claim for, and how long.

For example, a fractured leg means expensive x-rays, surgery and physiotherapy, which would be covered by a time-limited policy.

But this could easily lead to longer-term costs: more surgery for the removal of stabilising pins and treatment for joint stiffness or lameness resulting from the original fracture – if that continued for more than 365 days, your time limited policy would stop paying out, but you could continue to claim on a lifetime policy, as long as you keep renewing it.

As your pet grows older, your pet insurance costs will probably increase. But so does your pet’s chances of needing to see a vet for an illness or injury.

The average pet insurance claim was £817 in 2020, according to the Association of British insurers (ABI)

Could you afford to pay when your cat’s poorly without insurance?

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There are four main types of cat insurance:

Accident only

This is usually the cheapest option because it only covers your cat for treatment due to accidents.

If you’re worried about your pet developing an illness, then this might not be the best option for you.


A time-limited policy covers new illnesses or conditions that develop in the 12-month cover period. Each condition is covered up to the policy limit for 365 days from when it first shows signs, as long as the policy is still active. After that period is up, you’ll have to cover the treatment costs yourself.

Any pre-existing conditions won’t be covered when you renew your policy. There might also be a cost limit per condition.

Maximum benefit

This type of policy covers your cat’s illnesses and accidents up to a maximum amount per condition.

If your pet’s health condition becomes long term, and you reach the maximum amount, you’ll have to pay the rest of the treatment fees yourself.

Lifetime (annual limit)

Lifetime cover insures your cat for injuries and illnesses up to a fixed amount per year. Limits can be per condition, or an overall limit for all conditions for the year, or sometimes both.

For example, you’d be covered if your policy limit is £8,000, and you need to claim £5,000 for the cost of asthma treatment for your cat.

If you renewed the cover at the end of the year, your pet would continue to be covered as the asthma limit would reset to £8,000.

You could also claim up to £8,000 each year for any other insured condition it develops.

Things to consider when comparing cat insurance:

  1. Age limits

    Insurance for your cat will probably have upper and lower age limits – usually older than eight weeks, but the maximum age will vary between insurers. As long as you keep paying your premiums, it will be covered even when it passes the maximum age.

  2. Co-payments and excesses

    If you make a claim, you’ll need to pay an excess. On some policies, you might have to pay a contribution or co-payment towards your cat’s treatment too, particularly when they reach a certain age. It’s usually a fixed percentage. Check policy docs, and make sure you’re comfortable with how much you’ll need to contribute towards a claim.

  3. Third party liability

    Third party claims aren’t usually covered by cat insurance as they're considered ‘free spirits’, meaning their owners can’t be held responsible for their actions.

  4. General treatments

    Standard treatments, like worming, flea control and pet vaccinations are rarely covered, so you’ll need to pay for these yourself.

  5. Policy extras

    You might be offered extra cover for lost or stolen cats, emergency boarding fees, dental care or accidental damage in your own home.

What isn’t covered by cat insurance?

  • Vaccinations – Pet insurance doesn’t cover vaccinations and boosters, so you’ll need to pay for those yourself
  • Pregnancy and giving birth – If your cat’s expecting kittens, make sure you budget for the cost of unexpected emergency treatment like a Caesarean, just in case
  • Pre-existing illnesses – Even if you have a lifetime policy, it won’t cover any conditions related to illnesses or injuries that your pet had before the policy was taken out
  • Dental treatment – Dental injuries that are the result of an accident might be covered, but it’s unlikely your policy will include tooth maintenance and treatment for decay
  • Cremation or burial – If your cat sadly passes away, your policy might cover the cost of euthanasia, but probably won’t extend to a burial or cremation

More than one cat to insure?

If you’ve got more than one moggy in your life, you can take out a multi-pet policy. Most will cover up to six animals.

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[3]As of February 2022, there are 21 active pet insurers on the panel at Stickee Technology.