Number 10 Downing Street has been hitting the headlines with the news of Larry, the new rat-catching cat moving in. And while Larry is by all accounts settling in nicely, the truth is that without pet insurance, Larry could find himself in serious financial trouble.
It was an embarrassing scene some months ago when a rat scurried across the doorstop of Number 10 during a press briefing. After previous success with keeping a cat and as such the rodents at bay, Larry was brought in from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. Larry comes as a recommended mouse and rat hunter, but according to one pet insurer, Larry's small victims are unlikely to go without a fight.
Karen Jakes, head of AA Pet Insurance says: "Larry will need to be on his guard when he's out ratting. A rat bite can form an abscess in a cat's skin which might not immediately be noticed beneath the fur but it is likely to become infected and make the cat very unwell within two or three days. It can be very serious and even fatal if not treated immediately. Cats have been known to contract a form of leprosy from a rat bite.
"I would certainly advise staff at Number 10 to keep a close eye on Larry when he's back from his hunting expeditions. At any sign of incisions on his skin or if Larry seems listless, they should immediately take him to a vet."
Veterinary Surgeon, David Brooks says insuring our (often) furry friends is vital. "Pet insurance is the best option to protect the wellbeing of your pet and as well as vet bills, most policies cover for a variety of other useful things," he said. "These include paying for advertising costs and a reward should your pet be stolen or lost, and reclaiming costs for booked holidays if your pet becomes unwell and you are therefore unable to travel. Many policies now also cover homeopathic remedies."
An estimated 1 in 3 pet owners need to claim vet treatment, and with the cost of a broken leg costing upwards of £1000, now is the time to insure your pet's health. Pet insurance can be tailored to your pet's specific needs, and with a whole host of pet insurance products on the market, it can be tricky knowing where to start.