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The Hidden Natural Health Benefit Fresh Catnip Offers Your Kitty


Some kitties like catnip. Others really like catnip. You know the cats I’m talking about. They roll all over the leaves and stems, wiggling, drooling, and leaving a shredded mass of damp, wilted plant bits in their wake.

It turns out there is a scientific reason some cats do this. In addition to a pleasant intoxicated feeling, the Nepeta cataria plant also produces a natural pesticide to help cats ward off mosquitos. When torn or crumpled, the leaves release insect-repelling compounds into the air, coating the cat’s body.

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How Does Catnip Repel Mosquitos?

Catnip is the most popular kitty intoxicant, but a few other plants, including valerian and a species of kiwifruit called silver vine, also cause cats to act cray-cray. The common factor is a class of figure-eight-shaped molecules called iridoids, including nepetalactol and nepetalactone. When produced by catnip and silver vine plants, these chemicals naturally ward off insects such as mosquitos.

Research shows that damaging the leaves of the catnip and silver vine plants “substantially increases iridoid emission.” This pest-repelling benefit could explain why cats tear, shred, and crumple fresh catnip (in addition to the whole getting high thing).

RELATED: Funny Cats On Catnip: The Photos And The Facts

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Plants As Insecticides

Humans and other animal species have likely always benefitted from the naturally-occurring insecticides found in certain plants. Chrysanthemum extract is a pest-repelling trick people have used for generations. Countless birds and animals roll in citrus leaves to protect themselves from bugs. Lemurs even rub millipedes over their bodies as a form of parasite treatment.

But cats seem to be the only ones lucky enough to have their opioid reward centers activated at the same time!

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Should You Grow Fresh Catnip?

Catnip or Nepeta cataria is one of several species of weedy herbaceous plants referred to as catmints. Although native to Eurasia, it can grow in just about any temperate environment. The leaves are aromatic, giving off an odor attractive to cats but that some humans describe as “skunky.”

It is a hardy plant that grows best in full sun but can survive in partial shade and poor soils. While rarely chosen for its beauty, it does produce small white flowers with pale purple or pink spots in the late spring through fall. Catnip is perfectly safe for other pets such as dogs and rabbits. It is even beneficial for many wild species, including birds, bees, and butterflies.

RELATED: Does Your Cat Go Bonkers For Catnip? Find Out Why (Or Why Not)

N. cataria may not be the most attractive-looking or lovely-smelling plant, but your cat will thank you for adding it to your garden!

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Summer Safety: Is It Dangerous To Let My Cat Lie In The Sun?


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With the summer weather here again, your kitty might be taking full advantage of the sunshine. Longer days mean there’s more time to lie in the sunny spots next to the window. But is it safe to let your cat lie in the sun all day?

Hopefully it doesn’t surprise you to know that cats can suffer from sunburns and, in some cases, can develop skin cancer from sun exposure. Some cats have even lost ears or needed amputations due to sun damage.

So before you let your cat lie in the sun all day, talk to your veterinarian about sun protection and limitations on exposure. You can get sunscreen for cats, but don’t forget to talk about it with your vet first.

Here are a few things you should know about cats lying in the sun.

Which Cats Can Get Sunburns?

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Almost any cat can get a sunburn with enough exposure, and places where fur coverage is minimal, such as the ears and nose, are more likely to get sunburned. Some cats are more prone to sun damage than others.

White cats — or cats with white ears or faces — are particularly susceptible to sunburn due to the lack of melanin and protective hair on sensitive areas of the body.

Obviously, the more time a cat spends in the sun, the more likely they are to suffer from sunburns. Cats who like to lie in sunny spots all day are more at risk for this reason.

Cats don’t necessarily realize when the sun is harming them, so don’t rely on your cat to know when enough sun is enough.

What Does Sun Damage Look Like?

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Repeated UVB exposure causes solar dermatitis, a condition commonly seen in sunny climates such as those of California, Florida, Hawaii, and Australia.

In the early stages, redness and fine scaling on the ear margins appear, followed by hair loss in this area. The hair loss then makes the area more accessible to solar radiation.

With repeated exposure, the skin lesions become more severe, with worsening redness, peeling skin, and crust on the ears. The ears may become itchy, painful, or curl on the margins.

Actinic keratoses or a type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma can eventually develop.

Prevention Is Key

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Prevention is the best medicine for cats to avoid sun damage.

Be sure to avoid too much sun exposure by keeping cats indoors during the hours of most intense sun — typically 10am to 3pm — and not allowing them to sunbathe by open doors or windows for long during those hours.

Sunscreen can be applied to increase protection, especially for cats who can’t be kept out of the sun. Ideally, use a sunscreen that is labelled for use in cats, as human products may contain compounds that could be toxic if ingested.

Be sure to apply sunscreen to particularly sensitive areas like the nose and ears. You should ask your veterinarian for further advice on how to apply sunscreen and limit exposure for your cat.

Treatment For Sun Damaged Skin

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Cats with early skin lesions may respond to treatment with beta-carotene, and your veterinarian may recommend a biopsy to determine if cancer is present.

The best treatment option for squamous cell carcinoma is surgical amputation of the affected area. Topical treatments such as Aldara or localized radiation therapy may benefit cats with lesions in more difficult areas, such as the nose or eyelids.

Do you protect your cat from the sun in summer? What other tips do you have for keeping cats safe? Let us know in the comments below!

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Chediak-Higashi Syndrome In Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


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Chediak-Higashi syndrome in cats is a medical condition that usually affects the Persian breed and can cause them to suffer from excessive bleeding if they suffer from an injury. It is considered to be a rare genetic disease.

Additionally, this syndrome seems to affect a specific type of Persian cat: Ones that are of a blue-smoke color.

If you see concerning symptoms in your cat, then you must get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for Chediak-Higashi syndrome in cats.

Symptoms Of Chediak-Higashi Syndrome In Cats

Chediak-Higashi syndrome in cats primarily produces the symptom of bleeding excessively when the cat suffers from an injury.

Some of the other symptoms may include:

  • Eyes that reflect red under light
  • Watering of the eyes
  • Cataracts
  • Blinking a lot
  • Weakened immune system

Causes Of Chediak-Higashi Syndrome In Cats

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The precise cause of of this syndrome is genetic and results from a recessive gene.

Additionally, the condition mostly affects Persians with a blue-smoke coat and green-yellow eyes; although in some cases, white tiger Persian cats can also suffer from it.

Veterinary Treatments

If you suspect that your cat is developing Chediak-Higashi syndrome, your vet will want to carry out a full physical examination and also conduct blood and urine tests. Additionally, your vet will ask a series of detailed questions about your cat’s medical and breed history.

The vet can also use a smear test using blood from a blood test can to help confirm a diagnosis.

When it comes to treatment, vets often recommend vitamin C supplements to help improve blood function. In some cases, vets might consider a blood transfusion.

In general, lifestyle management is key to treating and living with this syndrome. You will need to make sure that your cat lives in a safe environment that will minimize the risk of them cutting or injuring themselves.

Does your cat suffer from Chediak-Higashi syndrome? How do you help your cat go about their daily business safely? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Heatstroke in Cats: Know the Signs


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Even though heatstroke is more common in dogs than in cats, cats can get it, and it is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.

Dogs  can regulate their body temperature by panting, at least up to a point, but cats normally don’t pant unless they’re already in respiratory distress. Most cats will instinctively move to cooler locations to cool themselves down, but if they’re unable to escape the heat, their body won’t cool down fast enough.

Symptoms

Heatstroke occurs when the cat’s body temperature rises above 104 degrees, which can cause damage to internal organs and cells and can quickly lead to death.

  • Panting or rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Drooling
  • Excessive grooming
  • Sweaty paws
  • Bright red gums and tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Stumbling
  • Unresponsiveness
  • High fever
  • Collapse
  • Extreme lethargy

Prompt treatment is of the essence

Prompt treatment is of the essence. Get your cat to a veterinarian immediately if you think she has heatstroke. While transporting the cat you can

  • Cover her with towels soaked in cold water.
  • If your cat is conscious, try to get her to drink some cold water. You can use a syringe if possible, or squeeze water from a wet cloth around her mouth.
  • Never use ice packs or immerse your cat in ice cold water to reduce body temperature. The sudden drop in temperature can cause your cat to go into shock.

Prevention

The best way to prevent heatstroke is to keep your cats inside. If your cat does go outside, make sure she has access to plenty of fresh, cold water, and shady areas. But even indoor cats may suffer from heat exhaustion on really hot days, especially in homes without air conditioning.

For more on how to prevent heatstroke and keep your cats comfortable in hot weather, read Keep Your Cat Cool This Summer

This post was first published in 2011 and has been updated.

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Kitten is So Eager for Attention She Starts Hugging Every Cat and Dog She Comes Across


A kitten was so eager for attention that she started hugging every cat and dog she came across.

kittens cuddling basketAnnie the kitten and her foster siblingsCindy @foster_kittens

Annie, a 3-week-old dilute orange tabby, was brought into a vet clinic, needing supportive care and a lot of TLC. She was the sole survivor of her litter and showed incredible will to live.

« My daughter (a vet tech at the clinic) kept Annie fed and warm under her desk, and then brought her home for nighttime care and feedings, » Cindy Congdon, a feline foster carer based in Southeastern Idaho, told Love Meow.

« Annie needed to be fed about every 3-4 hours around the clock, so I took care of Annie on the days my daughter worked so she could get some sleep. »

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Between feedings, Annie conked out in her cushy, heated nest with a soft blanket and a cuddle toy to ensure optimal comfort. She craved constant affection from her people, and produced some big purrs out of her tiny body.

« She loved attention and playtime with her human and dog friends. My daughter’s Golden Retriever, Jax, and my Great Pyrenees, Marie, loved watching out for baby Annie, and she followed them around like a younger sibling, » Cindy shared with Love Meow.

big dog tiny kittenShe quickly found her feet and befriended the resident dogsCindy @foster_kittens

Annie was about the size of a large canine paw, but her display of bravery was stupendous as she tried to wrestle the dogs’ faces, chase their tails, and pounce on them with all her might. After a play session, she’d nuzzle up to a fluffy dog belly for a quick cat snooze.

The little spitfire kept both gentle giants on their toes with her unbridled energy and endless mischief-making. She demanded play and cuddles, and never lacked an ounce of sass.

kitten snuggles dogShe curled up against her canine buddy’s belly and fell asleepCindy @foster_kittens

During that time, Cindy had another litter in her care that had been born to a semi-feral cat. The five sweet, fluffy black and white kittens were one week younger than Annie.

Watch Annie and her journey in this cute video:

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« A single kitten needs a lot of playtime, and needs to learn critical social skills that are best learned from other kittens. So, when Annie was old enough to be vaccinated, we introduced her to Stormy (the cat mom) and the Raindrops (the kittens). »

tiny playful kittenCindy @foster_kittens

Annie was beyond thrilled seeing other kittens her size, and unleashed her zoomies in the foster room, while the other five were nonplused by her vigor. « They mostly watched her play with their toys and run around the kitten room. »

By sharing meal time together and having many playdates, their over-zealous new sister began to grow on them. « Annie’s default attitude is that everyone she meets already loves her, so she wasn’t timid around Stormy (the mom), and Stormy was fine to let her play with her kittens. »

kitten hugs tuxedo catAnnie was instantly smitten with her new feline friendsCindy @foster_kittens

Annie, a very busy body, reveled in having playmates to run around and tumble with. She began to learn limits and boundaries, and her innate desire to bite and scratch Cindy’s hands lessened.

« Soon, she led the Raindrops out of their room and into my room across the hall, and I began finding them all snuggled up together in Annie’s carrier, or in her basket, » Cindy shared.

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« Annie and the Raindrops are inseparable now. They chase each other, explore together, groom each other, and curl up together to sleep. » The sweet feline family will soon be ready for adoption.

The former lone kitten has blossomed into a rambunctious young cat who keeps her foster siblings well groomed, and looks out for them like a big sis.

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« I’m hoping that Annie will get adopted with one of her buddies. It’s been a joy to see how far she has come, and how much she loves her new friends. »

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Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Annie and her buddies and Cindy’s fosters on Facebook and Instagram @foster_kittens.

Related story: Stray Kitten Follows Family Home and Dives into Their Embrace When They Get Her Off the Streets

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The 7 Best Cat Insurance Companies In The UK 2022


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Our reviews are based on extensive research and, when possible, hands-on testing. Each time you make a purchase through one of our independently-chosen links, we’ll receive a percentage of the proceeds. Read more about how we’re supported here.

As pet owners, we love to dote on our cats. We love to play with them, cuddle them (when they will let us!) and provide them with nutritious food and delicious treats; and we worry about their health and their safety, particularly if we let them outside to roam.

Cats bring so much love and fun into our homes. While we may go out of our way to give them the best care possible, it’s hard to ignore that gnawing worry when it comes to anything bad happening to them, and how we would navigate it financially. After all, vet fees can be eye-wateringly expensive.

For ultimate peace of mind, it makes sense to get some protection in place to help cover any unexpected costs that arise due to accident or illness involving your cat. However, getting the right cat insurance policy can feel like a minefield, as no two insurance plans are the same. It’s easy to get lost in all the policy jargon.

To make the process easier, we’ve spent hours and hours collating comparative information and quotes from the leading UK Cat Insurance providers, breaking their coverage options down into easy-to-understand overviews in a detailed pet insurance comparison. Before we get into our pet insurance policy findings, though, let’s get more familiar with typical cat insurance inclusions, exclusions, and more.

At A Glance: Best Cat Insurance UK To Buy

Most Affordable

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10.0

Picked by 31 people today!

MoreThan

  • No annual overall claim limits
  • Emergency minding cover included in basic cover
  • Charges reasonably for covering older cats

Best Lifetime Pet Insurance Policy

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9.8

Picked by 31 people today!

Many Pets

  • Lifetime cover applies to all policies
  • 24/7 video vet access through FirstVet
  • Some flexibility on cover for pre-existing conditions

Best Value-For-Money Premium Cat Insurance Cover

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9.5

Picked by 25 people today!

DirectLine

  • No fuss, value-for-money coverage
  • 24/7 video vet access via Pawsquad

Best Cat Insurance For Pre-existing Condition Coverage

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9.4

Picked by 21 people today!

PetPlan

  • Flexible approach to pre-existing condition coverage
  • Broad set of inclusions in most basic cover

Best Option For Expensive Pets

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9.3

Picked by 18 people today!

Animal Friends

  • Ranging from affordable basic cover to extensively comprehensive cover options
  • Good coverage options for expensive breeds
  • Free vet video consults 24/7

Best Option For Older Pets

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9.2

Picked by 18 people today!

Wagel

  • No co-payments on claims made for older pets
  • 24/7 video vet access with FirstVet
  • £2m liability cover included as standard

Best Pet Insurance For Travel-enthusiast Cat Parents

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9.1

Picked by 18 people today!

Tesco Bank

  • Generous cover for interrupted travel, even with basic cover
  • 24/7 vetfone advice

What Does Cat Insurance Typically Include?

Policy inclusions can differ significantly between insurers, particularly in terms of what is automatically included and what must be selected as an extra. Some coverage options are only available in premium policies, while others may either be an optional extra, or minimally covered in basic policies, with increased coverage amounts as part of a premium policy.

As a general guide, in addition to covering veterinary treatment for accidents and/or illnesses, cat or pet insurance covers:

  • Complementary (Alternative) Treatments – Such as acupuncture or hydrotherapy, if recommended by your vet.
  • Advertising/reward cover – To cover the cost of advertising to find your lost pet, often including an amount you can use to offer as a reward for their return
  • Euthanasia  – At the end of your pet’s life, some policies will include cover for putting your pet to sleep as standard
  • Dental Treatment – Many policies only cover dental treatment in the event of an accident causing damage as standard, although some will include accident and illness-related dental cover in both basic and premium cover
  • Behavioural Treatment  – Treatments to address behavioural issues.
  • Interrupted Travel  – holiday cancellation cover if you need to either cancel a trip or return home early because your pet has gone missing or needs emergency veterinary treatment.
  • Emergency Minding – cover to assist with pet boarding or minding costs in the event that you have to stay in hospital for 4 or more days.
  • Straying/Theft/Death – Covering the initial cost of your pet. Insurers differ on what they will cover in terms of the reason that your pet is permanently lost – some will cover for straying and theft only, others will offer cover for death only from illness. If you have an expensive breed of cat, it’s particularly important to read the fine print on this inclusion.
  • 24/7 Vet Advice – In such a digitally competitive age, most insurers offer access to a complementary Vet Advice service. These are often accessible 24/7 online, and some include video consult. Some of the above items are only available as optional extras cover, or included to a minimum extent in basic cover. For example, some insurers will include £500 worth of emergency minding cover as standard, but increase this cover to £1,000 or more under a premium policy – which would definitely take the edge off unexpected vet bills.

What Does Cat Insurance Typically Exclude?

  • Routine & Preventative Treatments – Any routine vet checkups, vaccinations, and any preventative medicines such as worm or flea treatments will not be covered
  • Neutering/Spaying – You will need to cover the costs of having your pet neutered or spayed yourself, as well as any costs associated with pet pregnancies and giving birth
  • Routine Dental Treatments – While some dental treatments are covered under policies when they relate to an accident or illness, routine care and extractions etc. are rarely covered
  • Pre-Existing Conditions – Pet insurers rarely cover for any treatments relating to conditions your pet was suffering from before the policy started, and most are very strict on this, but there are some exceptions depending on certain criteria. Again, if you need insurance that allows for some pre-existing condition cover, it’s vital that you read the small print before choosing a provider
  • Cremation/Burial – Some insurers include this cover, but most do not
  • Liability – Coverage for your cat injuring or damaging another person or property away from the home is occasionally available, but most pet policies limit this cover to dogs only

How Much Do Cat Treatments Typically Cost?

According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), in 2021 the average claim value on pet insurance was £848 per claim. In recent years, the cost of veterinary treatments has risen sharply.

As reported by the ABI, examples of how much it can cost to treat a cat at the vets include:

  • Consultation – Sometimes free, but often between £40 – £60
  • Treating a respiratory condition £726
  • Surgery for a broken tibia – Almost £2,000
  • Treatment for soft tissue sarcoma (cancer) – £12,000 +

If you’re lucky, you may be able to sail through your cat ownership with minimal veterinary costs, but no one has a crystal ball. As you can see from the above examples, medical treatment for pets can be extremely expensive.

When you consider that the average cost of annual pet insurance is around £125 annually (£10 a month), you can see why taking out pet insurance could make all the difference at a crucial time.

Couldn’t I Just Save For Emergencies Instead?

Absolutely, and for some, this is a solid option. It’s important to remember, however, that savings take time to build up. Depending on when the need for emergency vet treatment may strike, the funds might not be sufficient to cover unexpected costs.

Pet insurance policies do have an initial exclusion period to avoid claims being made upon fraudulent applications, but your pet is typically fully covered within a week or two of your policy starting.

What Is Lifetime Cover?

With pet insurance, a Lifetime Cover policy is one in which the treatment of a condition will be covered for as long as necessary. While lifetime insurance or lifetime policies are still limited regarding annual maximum claim spends, they will reset each year to provide long-term care for ongoing conditions.

Conversely, without lifetime cover, claimable conditions are only covered up to a set amount and only for 12 months from the first related claim being lodged.

Best Pet Insurance Policies

There are a wide range of insurers to choose from, and with so many variables of cover options, it can be a minefield to determine which insurance provider will best suit your needs.

To assist you in finding the right cover for your cat, we’ve reviewed 7 of the leading UK cat insurance providers to find out how they compare.

Our Evaluation method

To review and compare the following pet insurance providers, we gathered a wide range of information from each, requesting quotations for our three fictitious (but super gorgeous nonetheless) mixed breed cats:

  • Indie – Two months old (kitten insurance)
  • Beau – Five years old
  • Charlie – 13 years old

If you also have more than one cat and are looking for multi pet policies, the below research will hopefully be useful. All three mixed-breed moggies have their vaccinations up-to-date. Beau and Charlie have been neutered, but Indie is too young to have been spayed yet.

For the purposes of not overcomplicating the comparison data, all three cats are in good health with no pre-existing conditions or behavioural issues, and all were adopted at no cost.

Given that there are so many differing coverage variables between insurers, we sought two types of pet insurance quotations from each: 

  • Basic Coverage: A quote to cover all three cats at the most basic level offered with no extras (some of these quotations include very limited inclusions under basic cover, but you can opt to include these when tailoring your own cover.
  • Premium Coverage: A quote to cover all three cats at the most comprehensive level offered – including any and all extras.

Let’s see how they fared!

Top 7 Cat Insurance Providers Reviewed

When it comes to cat insurance policies, there is no such thing as ‘one size fits all.’ Each pet insurance policy offers a varying degree of coverage, excess options, extras and more. The following seven pet insurance companies were chosen based on how frequently they feature on top UK pet insurance provider lists across a wide range of reputable sites.

Given these variations, no two pet insurance policies can be accurately compared on a like-for-like basis, but of the seven we reviewed, there are some honourable mentions:

#1 Most Affordable Pet Insurance For Cats: MoreThan

MoreThan is our overall pick for the most affordable standard pet insurance for cats (beating out Animal Friends by a whisker). If you’re in the market for the cheapest basic pet cover, MoreThan should be one of the insurers you get a quote from. They are also extremely competitive with their premium cover policies, which offer a more substantial level of cover.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Annual coverage (per condition) amounts range from £1,500 – £6,000
  • Excess is fixed at £100, but you can opt to make additional voluntary excess payments of 10% or 20% of the total vet bill to reduce your premiums
  • No annual overall claim limits

Basic Morethan (No Extras) Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau and Charlie: £26.38 p/month

Excess: £100 (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 9+)

Cover: £1,500 per condition (or for 12 months, whichever is reached first)

Annual claim limit: none

Cover includes: 

  • Dental cover: Accident only
  • Emergency minding: £1,000
  • Complementary treatments: £500
  • Death: £500

Premium MoreThan Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £64.94 p/month

Excess: £100 (+ 20% co-payment for any claims made for any pet age 9+)

Cover: £6,000 per condition per 12 month period (resets every year for ongoing care)

Annual overall claim limit: none

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Advertising/reward: £1,000
  • Behavioural treatment: £1,000
  • Dental cover: £2,000 accident or illness
  • Emergency minding: £1,000
  • Complementary treatments: £1,500
  • Death: £2,000

Pros

  • No annual overall claim limits
  • Emergency minding cover included in basic cover
  • Charges reasonably for covering older cats
  • 24/7 Vetfone advice

Cons

  • Strictly no pre-existing conditions covered
  • Lifetime cover not included in lowest cover options

Click Here To Get A Quote On MoreThan Pet Insurance For Cats

#2 Best Lifetime Pet Insurance Policy For Cats: Many Pets

ManyPets is one of the best options for those seeking affordable lifetime coverage, as all policies include it as a standard. They are also the top choice for insuring expensive cat breeds, with the highest coverage available (by far) for covering the initial cost of your pet in the unfortunate event that it is lost, stolen, or dies.

Many Pets offer some flexibility with pre-existing condition coverage. Coverage is limited in the first year, but if your pet has no need to treat the condition for a two year period, it may be considered a new condition and be claimable.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Annual coverage amounts range from £3,000 – £15,000
  • Excess options are £69, £99, £130, or £160
  • Lifetime cover applies to all policies

Basic Many Pets (No Extras) Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £31.04 p/month

Excess: £69 (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 9+)

Cover: £3,000 annual maximum (refreshes each year for ongoing conditions)

Annual claim limit: £3,000

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Dental cover: Accident only
  • Behavioural treatment: Yes – no amount specified
  • Emergency minding: £100
  • Complementary treatments: £500

Premium Many Pets Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £55.10 p/month

Excess:  £69 (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 9+)

Cover: £15,000 annual maximum (refreshes each year for ongoing treatment of the same condition)

Annual overall claim limit: £15,000

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Advertising/reward: £6,000 (includes cover for the initial cost of your pet)
  • Behavioural treatment: Included – no amount specified
  • Dental cover: Accident and illness cover – no amount specified
  • Emergency minding: £2,000
  • Interrupted travel: £2,500
  • Complementary treatments: £2,500
  • Stray or Theft: £6,000
  • Death: £6,000

Pros

  • Lifetime cover applies to all policies
  • 24/7 video vet access through FirstVet
  • Some flexibility on cover for pre-existing conditions

Cons

  • Somewhat limited inclusions in most basic cover, although you can opt to include £200 advertising/reward cover as an extra

Click Here To Get A Quote On Many Pets Pet Insurance For Cats

#3 Best Value-For-Money Premium Cat Insurance Cover: DirectLine

Of the 7 insurers reviewed, DirectLine offers up the best overall value-for-money premium cover. They take a no-fuss approach to setting up affordable coverage, making the process less overwhelming.

DirectLine was a little harder to compare because they do not accept new policies on cats 10 years or older. That said, the coverage they offered for Indie and Beau demonstrated clearly that they provide a higher annual coverage limit at an affordable price when compared to other insurers.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Coverage options: £4,000 per condition (time-limited) or £8,000 per condition (no time limits on reaching maximum claim amount)
  • Excess options £80 or £160
  • No annual overall claim limits

Basic Directline Cover (No Extras) Example:

Example quotation: Indie & Beau: £12.86 p/month

Excess: £80

Cover: £4,000 per condition (or for 12 months, whichever is reached first)

Annual claim limit: none

Cover includes: 

  • Dental cover: Accident only
  • Complementary treatments: Yes – no amount specified

Premium Directline Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie & Beau: £23.71 p/month

Excess: £80

Cover: £8,000 per condition (no time limit to reach claim maximum per condition, but limits do not reset annually)

Annual overall claim limit: none

Cover includes: 

  • Advertising/reward: £1,000
  • Dental cover: Accident cover and £1,000 disease-related
  • Emergency minding: £1,000
  • Complementary treatments: Yes – no amount specified
  • Interrupted travel: £5,000
  • Death, loss or straying: £1,500

Pros

  • No fuss, value-for-money coverage
  • 24/7 video vet access via Pawsquad

Cons

  • Will not accept a new application for cats age 10 or over
  • No lifetime pet insurance policy/cover offered, although ‘per condition’ maximums are not time-limited

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#4 Best Cat Insurance For Pre-existing Condition Coverage : PetPlan

The insurance provider PetPlan has a lot going for it, including being the stand-out choice for anyone seeking comprehensive insurance that doesn’t immediately void coverage for pre-existing conditions.

PetPlan takes a far more flexible approach to pre-existing condition cover than many providers. Their policy is to cover pre-existing conditions wherever possible, with the guidelines mostly being subject to the extent of symptom-free periods or whether the condition will be a life-long issue. It’s not cut-and-dried, but there is more scope for coverage than many other insurers who state very clearly that they will offer no pre-existing condition cover regardless of the circumstances.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Coverage options range from £3,000 per condition (time-limited) to an annual maximum claim limit of £12,000
  • Excess is fixed at £75/£80/£85 depending on the cat and associated coverage
  • £12,000 annual maximum claim limit for a premium policy

Basic Petplan Cover (No Extras) Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau and Charlie: £53.35 p/month

Excess: £75 Indie/£85 Beau & Charlie (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 9+)

Cover: £3,000 per condition (or for 12 months, whichever is reached first)

Annual claim limit: none

Cover includes: 

  • Dental cover: accident & illness
  • Complementary treatments: £500
  • Behavioural treatment: Yes – no amount specified
  • Advertising/reward: £1,000
  • Emergency minding: £1,000
  • Interrupted travel: £1,000
  • Straying or theft: £1,000

Premium PetPlan cover example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie (no lifetime cover): £86.82 p/month

Excess: £80 Indie/£85 Beau & Charlie (+ 20% co-payment for any claims made for any pet age 9+)

Cover: Lifetime cover – no maximum ‘per condition’ amount (overall annual limit applies and resets every year for ongoing treatment of the same condition)

Annual overall claim limit: £12,000

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Advertising/reward: £2,000
  • Behavioural treatment: Yes – no amount specified
  • Dental cover: Accident or illness
  • Complementary treatments: £2,000
  • Interrupted travel: £2,000
  • Emergency minding: £2,000
  • Straying or theft: £2,000
  • Death: £2,000

Pros

  • Flexible approach to pre-existing condition coverage
  • Broad set of inclusions in most basic cover

Cons

  • No lifelong cover available for older cats
  • Lifetime cover not included in lowest cover options

Click Here To Get A Quote On PetPlan Pet Insurance For Cats

#5 Animal Friends

Animal Friends is a good all-round option, as well as offering the highest available coverage of the group – you can opt for coverage as high as an £18,000 annual limit, but it will cost you a pretty penny. That said, their basic coverage is particularly affordable, and trying to get premium lifetime cover for a 13 year old cat is what sent the Animal Friend’s premium quote sky-high.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Coverage options range from £1,000 per condition (time-limited) to an annual maximum claim limit of £18,000 (with no ‘per condition’ limits)
  • Excess options range from £69 – £159 (fixed at £99 for pets aged 9+)
  • Annual claim limits range from £4,000 to £18,000

Basic Animal Friends Cover (No Extras) Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £28.41 p/month

Excess: £69 Indie & Beau/£99 Charlie (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 10+)

Cover: £1,000 per condition (or for 12 months, whichever is reached first)

Annual claim limit: £4,000

Cover includes: 

  • Dental cover: Accident only – no amount specified
  • Advertising/reward: £200
  • Emergency minding: £500
  • Complementary treatments: £500
  • Death or loss: £500

Premium Animal Friends Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £217.11 p/month (£125 just for Charlie)

Excess: £69 Indie & Beau/£99 Charlie (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 10+)

Cover: Lifetime cover – no maximum ‘per condition’ amount (overall annual limit applies)

Annual overall claim limit: £18,000

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Advertising/reward: £200
  • Behavioural treatment: Yes – no limit specified
  • Complementary treatments: £3,000
  • Dental cover: £3,000 (accident & illness)
  • Emergency minding: £1,500
  • Interrupted travel: £2,500
  • Death or loss: £3,000

Pros

  • Ranging from affordable basic cover to extensively comprehensive cover options
  • Good coverage options for expensive breeds
  • Free vet video consults 24/7

Cons

  • Expensive premium cover for older cats
  • Lifetime cover not included in lowest cover options

Click Here To Get A Quote On Animal Friends Pet Insurance For Cats

#6 Wagel

Wagel is a popular, straight-shooting pet insurance provider, although it must be said that the online quotation process was a little frustrating. It seems to be modelled on a no-fuss approach, but it felt a little too no-fuss.

There was frustratingly little upfront information given (i.e. age-related excesses, policy inclusions, etc.). You can access the policy inclusion information via an inconspicuous tab, but that takes you through to lengthy policy documents as opposed to any easy-to-read snapshot overview of inclusion.

On a positive note, all Wagel policies offer lifetime coverage with no ‘per condition’ limits, they don’t charge co-payments on claims made for older cats, and they include £2m liability cover.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Annual coverage amounts range from £1,000 – £10,000
  • ‘Claim Contributions’ can be set anywhere from zero to £250
  • No ‘per condition’ claim limits
  • Lifetime cover on all policies

Basic Wagel Cover (No Extras) Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £42.09 p/month

Claim contribution: £100

Cover: Lifetime cover – no maximum ‘per condition’ amount (overall annual limit applies)

Annual claim limit: £1,000

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Dental cover: £1,000 accident & illness
  • Complementary treatments: £1,000
  • Behavioural treatments: £1,000
  • Death or loss: £1,000

Premium Wagel Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £116.61 p/month

Claim contribution: £100

Cover: Lifetime cover – no maximum ‘per condition’ amount (overall annual limit applies)

Annual overall claim limit: £10,000

Cover includes: 

  • Lifetime cover
  • Behavioural treatment: £1,000
  • Dental cover: £1,000 accident or illness
  • Complementary treatments: £1,000
  • Death or loss: £1,000
  • Liability: £2 million

Pros

  • No co-payments on claims made for older pets
  • 24/7 video vet access with FirstVet
  • £2m liability cover included as standard

Cons

  • Strictly no pre-existing conditions covered – although they state that it’s something they are working towards in the future
  • Policy inclusion information not forthcoming in an easy-to-understand format

Click Here To Get A Quote On Wagel Pet Insurance For Cats

#7 Best Pet Insurance For Travel-enthusiast Cat Parents: Tesco Bank

Tesco Bank also offers good value-for-money cat insurance, as well as particularly good coverage for travel-enthusiast cat owners. Any cat owner who frequently travels will be glad of the extended coverage included in their Tesco policy, even with basic cover.

Key Coverage Info:

  • Coverage options range from £3,000 per condition (with a £3,000 overall annual limit), to an annual maximum claim limit of £10,000 (with no ‘per condition’ limits)
  • Excess options: £60, £120, £200
  • £10,000 maximum annual claim limit on premium lifetime policy

Basic Tesco Cover (No Extras) Example:

Example quotation:Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £32.05 p/month

Excess: £60 (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 8+)

Cover: £3,000 per condition (or for 12 months, whichever is reached first)

Annual claim limit: £3,000

Cover includes: 

  • Dental cover: Accident only
  • Advertising/reward: £1,000
  • Emergency minding: £1,000
  • Complementary treatments: £500
  • Interrupted travel: £5,000
  • Death: £1,500

Premium Tesco Cover Example:

Example quotation: Indie, Beau, and Charlie: £72.97 p/month

Excess: £60 (+ 20% co-payment on claims made for any pet age 8+)

Cover: Lifetime cover – no maximum ‘per condition’ amount (overall annual limit applies)

Annual overall claim limit: £10,000

Cover includes:

  • Lifetime cover
  • Advertising/reward: £1,000
  • Dental cover: Accident or illness
  • Emergency minding: £1,000
  • Interrupted travel: £5,000
  • Complementary treatments: £1,000
  • Death: £1,500

Pros

  • Generous cover for interrupted travel, even with basic cover
  • 24/7 vetfone advice

Cons

  • Strictly no pre-existing conditions are covered
  • Lifetime cover not included in lowest cover options

Click Here To Get A Quote On Tesco Bank Pet Insurance For Cats

Getting The Right Cover For Your Cat

As you can see, many of the coverage inclusions for pet insurance are standard, but some plans will be more useful to one pet parent than another. Consider factors such as extensive travel-related coverage, heightened coverage for expensive breeds, or flexibility regarding pre-existing conditions.

Take the time to consider which inclusions are most important for you and your cat, and be sure to get a handful of quotes to compare before deciding on one provider.

Be Sure To Do Your Own Research

While we have gone to great lengths to provide you with a wealth of accurate information, many conditions apply to the above data, and it is imperative that you carefully read through your chosen insurer’s policy documents to ensure that you are getting the cover you need.

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New TikTok Trend: Is It Okay To Put An Ice Cube On Your Cat?


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A new trend that some call the “put an ice cube on your cat” challenge has emerged on the TikTok social media platform — and it’s caused pet experts to warn against taking part in the challenge.

The trend involves asking cat parents to place an ice cube on their cat and then video the kitty’s reaction to share with the world. Some of the videos have already clocked up over a million views.

The trend may seem harmless at first. But experts have warned that it could distress cats and cause them to experience anxiety, just like a prior trend that involved scaring cats with cucumbers.

The Problems With This Ice Cube Challenge

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While in some cases ice cubes can help cats during the sweltering summer months — such as an ice cube in a bowl of water to freshen it up — a number of pet experts have strongly warned against physically placing an ice cube on a cat.

As JoAnna Puzzo, the feline welfare manager at the UK-based Battersea Dog and Cat’s Home, told the Newsweek outlet:

“Cats don’t enjoy getting wet, and the extreme cold of the ice could startle your cat, potentially leading them to respond by redirected aggression onto their owner, for example, by swiping or biting.”

The general consensus from pet experts and animal welfare advocates is that the ice cube challenge is likely to upset cats.

A Better Way To Introduce Your Cat To Ice Cubes

As mentioned above, you can actually use ice cubes to help keep your cat hydrated, just as long as you stick to adding ice cubes to water bowls rather than placing them directly on your cat.

Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Ice cubes in a bowl of water can sometimes intrigue cats who might otherwise be reluctant to drink enough water.
  • Always use fresh, clean water to make any ice cubes for your cat — and preferably use filtered water.
  • If your cat — ahem — warms to ice cubes in their water, you could also try placing one directly on the floor so that they can bat it around before taking a few licks.

What do you think about the TikTok trend of putting ice cubes on a cat’s head? Would you ever attempt it with your own cat? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Pool Safety: Tips For Cat Parents To Keep Kitties Safe In Summer


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If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool in your backyard, there are some safety tips you should know to keep your cat safe in summer.

Even if your cat is a strictly indoor cat, a well-timed escape and slip into the pool can quickly become tragic. Or maybe you have an adventurous cat who loves to take a dip!

Whatever the case, here are a few tips for keeping your cat safe in summer when you have a swimming pool.

Teach Your Cat To Swim

For some cats, the idea of even toeing a body of water is nothing short of a nightmare. Still, if you have a pool, it might be a good idea to teach your cat to swim, just in case they slip.

Introduce your cat to the water in a calm manner. You can slowly loosen your grip on your cat — but still hold them! — as they get used to the water. Eventually, their instincts will kick in.

It is important to not just put your cat in the pool and expect them to swim, though. Being near your cat and reassuring them that they are safe and secure will make this an easier experience for everyone.

Even once they’re comfortable swimming, you should always be in the pool when your cat is, just in case something happens.

Understand The Symptoms Of Near Drowning

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If your cat falls into the pool and goes under the water for some time, you may think you’re in the clear if you pull them out quick enough. However, cats can experience near drowning, a form of asphyxiation, even 24 hours after the initial event.

Symptoms of near drowning in cats include bluish gums, red and frothy spit-up, and a gurgling sound in the chest.

If you suspect your cat is experiencing near-drowning, get them to your vet ASAP. When left untreated, the potential water in the lungs can collapse the organ.

Know That Some Pool Chemicals Can Irritate Cats

While a short dip probably won’t hurt your cat, prolonged exposure to common pool chemicals like chlorine can irritate your cat’s skin. They can also hurt your cat internally if they get thirsty and try to take a sip from the pool.

If your cat is hanging out with you by the pool, be sure to have a fresh, clean water bowl available so they aren’t tempted to drink a chlorine cocktail.

You may want to try a cat water fountain that keeps your kitty’s water flowing instead of letting it get stagnant. This will sometimes encourage cats to drink more than with a regular bowl.

Invest In A Pool Alarm Device

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There are several different kinds of pool alarms on the market that can alert you if your cat falls in the water.

Some pool alarms sound off if anything disturbs the surface and makes waves. Usually, you’ll need to install these near or on the side of the pool. Mostly, these types of alarms sound when something large, like a human child, falls in, but some are sensitive enough to detect small animals and pets like cats.

Dry Your Cat’s Ears If They Go For A Dip

If your cat is secure being in the pool — while you’re always supervising, of course — it’s important to make sure their ears are nice and dry once they get out.

Just like with human swimmers, bacteria can start to grow in your kitty’s ear and cause a nasty ear infection. Have some towels on standby just in case.

Do you have any other tips for keeping cats safe around the pool? How do you make sure your kitty doesn’t get hurt around the water? Let us know in the comments below!

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Desmopressin For Cats: Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects


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Desmopressin for cats is a hormone-based drug primarily used to treat the condition diabetes insipidus. You may also find it under a number of brand names including Stimate, DDAVP, and Minrin.

The medication is considered to be a synthetic vasopressin drug that veterinarians usually prescribe in order to treat diabetes insipidus in cats. It works by producing a hormone that can help the kidneys to reduce a feline’s urine flow.

While the drug is not technically FDA approved for cats, vets frequently prescribe the medicine.

Remember that when drugs are only available through prescription, it is especially important to follow your vet’s dosage and frequency instructions. Here’s what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of desmopressin for cats.

Uses Of Desmopressin For Cats

Veterinarians mostly prescribe desmopressin for cats to treat diabetes insipidus. When a cat suffers from diabetes insipidus, they might find themselves both urinating more than usual and feeling the need to drink more water than usual. Weight loss and dehydration can also set in.

When a cat takes the drug, it acts to replace the hormone vasopressin, which in turn regulates a cat’s kidneys.

Before taking this medication, it is important that your vet checks out your cat properly and confirms that they actually suffer from diabetes insipidus.

Dosage Of Desmopressin For Cats

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The following information is meant as a guideline for typical use of the drug in cats. It must not replace your vet’s advice for your individual pet.

Desmopressin for cats comes in a range of forms, including as a tablet taken by mouth and a liquid nose spray. There’s also an injection, usually administered in hospital, that is typically only given to dogs, not cats.

The usual dosage of the nasal spray is one to two drops administered to the eye or nose. Tablets usually come in doses of .1mg to .2mg per pill.

It is important that you stick to the precise dosage and frequency instructions that your vet recommends if they prescribe this drug for your cat. This is because the precise dosage will vary depending on a number of factors including your cat’s age, weight, and general health.

As always, it’s also vital that you complete the full course of any medication that your vet prescribes for your cat, even if it seems like they are getting better.

Side Effects Of Desmopressin For Cats

The main reported side effect of desmopressin for cats is an inflammation of the eyes. Additionally, blood clots might occur in some cases.

In general, the following categories of cats should avoid this drug:

  • Cats with a history of suffering from blood clots
  • Pregnant cats
  • Cats with heart disease
  • Cats who have a record of being allergic to the medication

Additionally, this medicine might react badly with cats who are already taking any of the following medications:

  • Chlorpropamide
  • Urea
  • Fludrocortisone

Finally, in the case of an overdose, consult with your emergency vet straight away.

Has your vet prescribed desmopressin to your kitty? Did it help with their condition? Let us know in the comments below!

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Do Cats Know When You’re Sick?


When you bond with a cat, you unlock a friendship that is unlike any other. Some people say they even like their cats better than their human partners. With that kind of strong relationship, many cat people report their feline friends are surprisingly attuned to their feelings and well-being. Cats seem to know exactly when they’re needed most, and their uncanny ability to offer companionship when their humans are feeling their worst has many of us wondering if cats know when people are sick. Of course, we won’t have an exact answer until someone invents a way to read a cat’s mind. We can, however, make a few presumptions based on anecdotal evidence and what we know about feline biology and behavior.

Do cats know when you're sick?

Cats can detect subtle differences that make every human smell slightly different.

Cats Can Smell When You’re Sick

Like many animals, cats lead with their noses. A cat’s sense of smell is the strongest of their five senses, and the feline olfactory system is 14 times more powerful than that of a human. This means that we humans can’t even imagine all of the sensory information cats receive through a single sniff.

This incredible sensory skill allows cats to identify people, objects, and animals by scent alone. It’s how they hunt prey, navigate in unfamiliar territory, find water, and they even use their noses to decide where to go to the bathroom.

Cats can detect subtle differences that make every human smell slightly different. When you have a strong bond with a cat, they will recognize your scent before they recognize your face. They know exactly what you usually smell like, and they know when something is off. A common example is when you come home after visiting with a friend’s pets. Your cat will smell those other animals on your clothes and skin, and they might even give you a disappointed look as if to say, “What, I’m not good enough for you?”

Besides calling you out for spending time with another cat, your cat can also use their nose to detect human hormonal changes. Hormones are natural chemicals that affect numerous body processes. Hormones can also alter a person’s natural body scent. A human nose can’t pick up on those changes, but evidence suggests that feline noses can.

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Besides sniffing out actual illness, cats can also tell when people are sick by smelling things like cough drops and lotions.

Hormones are most often associated with puberty and pregnancy, but hormone levels also fluctuate when a person is sick. Even a basic cold can throw off a person’s natural hormonal balance and subtly change their natural scent. When you have the flu, and your cat acts oddly, it could be because they’re intrigued and confused by your unusual scent.

There are also anecdotal reports of cats sniffing out specific illnesses, like cancer, hypertension, and diabetes. A cat named Oscar, from Rhode Island, could reportedly tell when patients at an intensive care facility didn’t have long to live. He’d choose patients, seemingly at random, to snuggle with. At least 50 of those patients passed away a few hours later. There are no studies to prove the theory that cats can sense illness. There is, however, research to suggest dogs can sniff out odor signatures related to specific types of cancers and even illnesses like COVID-19. Dogs typically have slightly better noses than cats, but not by much. It’s not a stretch to believe cats have a similar ability.

Besides sniffing out actual illness, cats can also tell when people are sick by smelling things like cough drops and lotions. If you always use Vicks VapoRub when you have a cold, for example, it won’t take long for your cat to associate that smell with you being sick.

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If your cat spends significant time with you, they know what your heart usually sounds like.

Cats Recognize Physical Symptoms

Your smell isn’t the only thing that changes when you’re sick. Many illnesses come with physical symptoms like rapid heart rate, high temperature, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, weight loss, or weight gain. If your cat spends significant time with you, they know what your heart usually sounds like. They also know what your skin usually feels like and what your breathing sounds like. They are observant enough to notice when these things change.

Your cat might not initially connect these bodily changes to an illness, but they might be intrigued enough to spend more time with you. This can make it seem like your cat is doing their best to make you feel better.

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How a person behaves when they’re sick is potentially the most obvious way a cat clues into human feelings and well-being.

Cats Notice Behavioral Cues

How a person behaves when they’re sick is potentially the most obvious way a cat clues into human feelings and well-being. When you’re sick, your routine and mood changes. You don’t get up with your alarm, you don’t go to work, you stay in bed, you might forget to feed the cat–all of these behaviors send your cat a message. Because cats love routine, they are hyper-aware when something in their environment (including your behavior) is different.

It’s unclear whether a cat will link these deviating behaviors to your actual illness. It is likely, however, that they’ll recognize patterns and act accordingly. If you’re sick often, your cat might notice the pile of tissues by the couch and learn to anticipate a change in the routine. Your routine change might even inspire your cat to also switch it up. If you stay in bed all day, that might encourage your cat to also stay close and cuddle instead of doing whatever they usually do. Their change in behavior makes you think they’re doing it to make you feel better. This might not be the case, but does that matter?

Whether or not cats know when you’re sick is still unclear. They can smell hormonal changes and notice physical symptoms. It’s also clear they recognize sickness-related behaviors. It’s hard to say, however, whether they have the cognitive ability to combine that sensory information and link it to how they themselves feel when they’re sick. Therefore, any change in your cat’s behavior might simply be intrigue or confusion, and not a purposeful attempt to nurse you back to health. But that’s not important. If your cat helps you feel better when you’re sick, that’s all that matters.

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Because cats love routine, they are hyper-aware when something in their environment (including your behavior) is different.

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