most common injuries she sees and one of
the most common causes of trauma among
the claims Pets Best Insurance of Boise,
Fighting with or getting attacked by
other animals like coyotes is another outdoor
danger that Dr. Eisen often sees — that is, if
the cats survive the attack. Other outdoor
risks include infectious diseases like rabies
as well as viral contagious feline diseases like
FIV, FIP and FeLV.
“A lot of them get stuck looking for shel-
ter,” Dr. Eisen says. “They end up in someone’s
garage.” If they get lost, they become mal-
nourished because they haven’t been able to
Poisonous substances they come
across, broken bones from falling out of
trees and lacerations are other outdoor
injuries that Dr. Eisen treats — not to mention ticks, fleas and all the diseases associated with those parasites.
“Microchip your cat, because if they’re
going outside and they get lost and are not
able to find their way home, hopefully a
good person will bring them somewhere
and they find you,” Dr. Eisen says. Keep their
vaccinations up-to-date in case they do get
out, she adds.
Rather than let your cat outdoors, make
an enclosure so the cat gets a sense of being
outside without all the dangers, Dr. Eisen
suggests. You can also make the indoors
so much fun that your cat loses interest in
3 Other cats Bite wounds that become abscessed are
among the most common cat injuries that
Pets Best Insurance and Cleveland, Ohio-based Embrace Pet Insurance process.
“The most common outdoor injury/
accident is for sure cat bites/abscessed
wounds,” says Embrace Pet Insurance Claims
Manager, Jenna Mahan. Usually these injuries
are the result of fighting. To prevent these
types of injuries, Mahan suggests keeping
But even indoor cats can sustain these
types of injuries. Sometimes Dr. Eisen treats
bite wounds or lacerations from cats in
multiple-cat homes. “Make sure cats who
cohabitate get along well,” she says. She
recommends creating a less stressed environment for them. “There are products to
calm them down,” she says, including foods,
supplements and a synthetic pheromone
product like Feliway.
4 String and string-like objects
Cats find string and other small objects irresistible. They bat them around, which is fine
as long as they don’t try to eat them. Keep
string-type toys away from your cats when
you are not playing with them. And keep
used dental floss in a closed trash container.
“We’ve seen cats that eat string, ribbons,
Cats’ curiosity leads
them to explore
anything that opens,
where they can then
get stuck. Don’t
before doing a quick
Although Pets Best
far more cat illness claims
than injuries, based on claims submitted to the insurance provider
from September 2005 to April 2016, the top three accident claims for
cats are below, along with the common causes of those claims.
1. Trauma: This includes general trauma to a cat from an accident and
can include getting hit by a car or injuries from jumping off something that was too high.
2. Bite wound: This often is the result of a fight.
3. Skin abscess: A wound that has abscessed is also the result of a fight.
Source: Pets Best Insurance