With the warmer weather upon us and springtime dangers lurking around the corner, our four-legged feline friends are susceptible to an increased number of accidents and illnesses. So, Embrace Pet Insurance has compiled a list of spring dangers for cat parents to be on the lookout for this season.
1. Chocolate and Other Sweets
Even with all the attention the cocoa bean gets, chocolate still ranks as the number one pet poison according to vets across the USA. Xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in many common human food products such as candy and chewing gum, is another item to keep out of your cat’s reach.
Other hazardous items like fake grass, candy wrappers, and plastic eggs are notorious for causing gastrointestinal obstructions in pets. Cats especially seem to enjoy chewing on the shimmering, wiggling temptation of fake grass. Take it from Carly, a curious kitty who racked up more than $5,000 in vet bills after swallowing 36 inches of ribbon. Thankfully, Embrace covered the charges, but it’s important to remember to be diligent and keep fake grass out of your cat’s reach.
2. Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning with products labeled “natural” doesn’t mean your cats are free from harm (or expensive veterinary bills!). According to claims data at Embrace, the average cost of a cat poison claim is over $1,000. Avoid this hazardous situation all-together by making sure that your spring cleaning products are pet-friendly and, when cleaning, keep your kitty secure and away from the area until all cleaning substances are dry and out of paws’ reach.
3. Spring Plants and Flowers
Easter Lily and other springtime blooms are common findings this time of year. This plant and related plants in the lily family are very toxic to cats if ingested. The first signs of a problem are vomiting and lethargy, and if untreated, these may progress to kidney failure and death. The average cost of treatment for lily intoxication is $1,250, so be careful to keep these problematic blooms away from your kitty at all times. Daffodils, another popular component of spring floral arrangements, are also toxic to cats.
4. Springtime Allergies
Just like you, your cat can have allergies to the plants and pollens of springtime, especially if you have an indoor/outdoor kitty. Spring and autumn are the peak seasons when most pet parents notice an increase in their pet’s chewing and scratching. Don’t be alarmed if your cat develops a new itch but do seek veterinary advice. Treating your cat’s allergies can cost upwards of $300, which, Embrace covers under their accident and illness plan.
5. Fleas and Ticks
Springtime is a welcome relief to many of us who live in colder climates. However, one thing to remember as outdoor cats start spending more time outside, is proper flea and tick prevention. Indoor cats can also get fleas if you have other pets in the home that could bring them in from outdoors. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian to decide on the best plan for you and your cat. Flea and tick prevention is covered under Embrace’s Wellness Rewards.
Unfortunately, expensive vet bills can come at any time, during any season. That’s why many cat owners elect to protect themselves. Pet health insurance offers peace of mind when it comes to the wellbeing of your cat, while reducing the financial burden. Instead of worrying about bills, you can focus your energy on what’s more important, a healthy kitty! To learn more about Embrace’s personalized pet insurance and get a free quote, visit their website.