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Stray Cat: What Precautions to Take Before Bringing Them Home

Harley enjoying the hammock, shared by Catherine M.

Cats naturally tug at heartstrings with their big eyes, comforting purrs, and high-pitched meows. Furthermore, cats and kittens always seem to be desperate for homes. Because cat litters can come from multiple sires, it’s common for thousands of strays to be found in and around the same neighborhood. However, you should be aware of some precautions before welcoming a stray cat into your home.

Call the Vet
Because strays live outdoors, you don’t know what they’re bringing in. Most people think of fleas and ticks, but cats can also carry fatal diseases and parasites. Toxoplasmosis is one such offender, and can cause serious health complications or death. Have the cat thoroughly examined and spayed or neutered if this hasn’t already been done. Apprise the vet of your lifestyle and potential hazards in your home such as plants that could be poisonous to felines. Your veterinarian can help you adjust your lifestyle for your new friend.

Giving a Small Dog a Chance

Lacey - Scott Sterbenz - Image 1“We lost our 15-year-old Border Collie/German Shorthair mix over five years ago. After years of an empty household we decided it was long enough. We looked, trying to find a puppy both my wife and I could agree upon. Never having owned a dog weighing under 50 lbs, I finally conceded to my wife’s wishes to get a small dog. We looked at the shelter dogs, we looked online and we talked to friends to no avail. Finally, we found this cute little Maltese, which no one wanted because she had one black-rimmed eye and one pink-rimmed eye.

Pet Insurance Claim of the Week: dog ate pieces of Kong toy

Quinn is a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd with an apparent penchant for chewing. His recent unplanned vet visit was due to an incident of chewing and swallowing bits of his Kong toy.

The Aussie made an emergency visit to his vet where they took radiographs to assess the situation. They induced vomiting, but Quinn ended up needing surgery to remove the extra pieces. After an overnight stay, he was released to go home and recover. We hope he is feeling much better now!

Total claim amount: $1,757.00
Deductible applied: -$300.00
Ineligible costs (exam fees): -$85.00
10% co-insurance: -$137.20
Eligible for coverage: $1,234.80

Trupanion Reviews – Week of 12/5

Ruby miniature dachshund wants to thank Trupanion for help with her healthcare costs -Catherine U.


Am a pet lover I see post all the time about how other people’s pet insurance didn’t cover their pets illness. I am just thankful we have trupanion, you guys r awesome. I recommend trupanion to anyone I know that is looking for pet insurance. -Samantha N.

Gotta love it. Suzy just had surgery and her aftercare is both extensive and expensive. Claim submitted Monday, approved Tuesday, and the reimbursement cheque arrived Friday, just in time to start all over again with another vet visit Monday. Thank you for being efficient it certainly takes a lot of the stress out of the equation, especially this time of year. -Julz T.

Trupanion, you are the best! Thank you so much for helping us take care of our boy, Brian. -Audrey H.

Lilly told all her friends they need Trupanion insurance. -Christy R.

We just want to thank you, not only for covering 90% of our $2650.00 bill, but for the amazing customer service your staff has provided. Jordan Jessup, your Senior Claims Assistant was quick responding to my emails with a kind and caring tone (at least that’s how i read it….lol)
Kristina Crow, the claims specialist also was very nice and loved how she actually answered the phone the whole 2 times i called. I’m used to it going to voice mail and having to wait for a call back. Like everyone, I hate dealing with Ins. Co. of any kind, thank you for making our experience with you, a pleasant one. We hope you have a great holiday.
BTW you helped Bella, (the brindle aka dark, boxer) -Liza B.

Thank god for #trupanion each time my dog goes to the vet it’s usually more than this so I’m truly thankful for them. Thanks to Trupanion my Denver bear is getting all the proper treatments he needs for his road to recovery. Please get your pets on Trupanion #believe me they are literally a #life saver!!!!

Cadi and Topaz are thrilled they are covered by Trupanion! Thank you for your support of therapy pets and service animals!

We have been very pleased with the care Trupanion Dog Insurance has provided for our Shar-Pei, Dyna. I recommend this company to all with pets they love. -Carleen K.

Hi Eva, I don’t work for trupanion but I have my pet covered by them. I want to let you know this company is beyond amazing! It is legit when they say they pay 90%. My cat has had cancer twice and most recently had to have her leg amputated and they paid 90%. I would be in a really bad spot financially if it wasn’t for this wonderful company. Not only do they pay what they say, the checks come quickly. -Stacy D.

Ideal Timing and a Timely Response

Cooper - Karen Belanger - Image 1 (small)“I have to say how impressed I have been with Trupanion. This is the first time I have carried pet insurance and it couldn’t have been at a better time.

I received the first email telling me the claim had been opened the same day it was faxed over. There have been a couple of emails inquiring on Cooper’s progress, and less than a week after I paid the bill I was advised the cheque was on its way.

I will and have recommended Trupanion to several people already and will continue to do so. Huge thanks.”

Cathy M.

Calgary, Alberta

Enrolled: November 2013
Condition: Exploratory Surgery
Total Paid: $2,674.00