Owning a cat can be expensive, especially if they require a lot of veterinary care.

One of the best ways to keep them healthy – and save you money – is to keep them contained on your property, as explained in an article published today on nzherald.co.nz.

Here is a brief extract from that article, with our emphasis added:

One major advantage of pet insurance is help with medical treatment bills. Claims processed by PD Insurance shed a unique perspective on cat health, and [Michelle] Le Long [chief operating officer of pet insurance specialist PD Insurance] says three of the top five most commonly claimed conditions are diarrhoea, gastroenteritis and conjunctivitis.

“Bladder and upper urinary tract infections are routinely claimed, too. But the biggest by far – and I really do mean by far – is for injuries sustained in cat fights,” she stresses.

“This sends a clear message to every cat parent. The best way to keep your cat safe, uninjured and healthy is to keep them contained on your property, rather than letting them wander beyond the boundaries. There are various non-intrusive ways to do so, from secure catios and cat enclosures to cat-proof fencing,” advises Le Long.

PD Insurance customers are alerted to the risk of cat fights, with policy wording recommending keeping cats contained and claims for injuries from fighting limited to two for the life of the pet.

You can read the full article here.