Trupanion releases the most expensive cat breeds, based on claims submitted by policyholders.
(Vocus) October 18, 2010 —Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company, today released the top five most expensive cat breeds, based on pet insurance claims submitted by Trupanion policyholders since August 12, 2000.
While any cat breed can be plagued by accidents and illnesses that require expensive veterinary care, these are the five that required the highest cost of care, according to Trupanion databases.
- Siamese – Siamese cats are one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats. Claims for this breed total $74,638.91, with 77% related to illnesses and 23% related to accidents. The average claim amount is $396.44.
- Bengal – This breed is recognizable by its leopard-like appearance. Claims for Bengal cats equal $73,408.67, with 96% associated with illnesses and 4% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $364.95.
- Himalayan – Himalayan cats are a cross-breed of a Siamese cat and a Persian cat. Trupanion policyholders have spent $69,449.29 to date on this breed, 98% for illnesses and 2% for accidents. The average claim amount is $215.99.
- Maine Coon – Maine Coon cats are a large breed with a heavy, luxurious coat. Claims for this breed equal $63,683.01, with 90% associated with illnesses and 10% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $313.81.
- Ragdoll – Ragdoll cats are laidback and intelligent and are easily trainable. According to Trupanion databases, policyholders have spent $40,442.41 on the Ragdoll breed, with 93% associated with illnesses and 7% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $277.70.
According to the American Pet Products Association, veterinary care is the second highest spending category behind food, with $12.04 billion spent in 2009. Veterinary costs continue to rise and cat owners are continuing to pay to keep their cats safe and healthy.