Most Expensive Cat Breeds
Published on Thursday, 11 November 2010
When adopting a new cat or kitten, we consider the costs of spaying and neutering as well as food and lodging, oftentimes, we consider the costs of vaccinations too.
Some cat breeds appear to be more prone to illness and disease than others, pet insurance company, Trupanion, gives us the lowdown.
Trupanion, North America’s fastest growing pet insurance company, released the top five most expensive cat breeds, based on pet insurance claims submitted by Trupanion policyholders since August 12, 2000.
While any cat breed can be plagued by accidents and illnesses that require expensive veterinary care, these are the five that required the highest cost of care, according to Trupanion databases.
- Siamese – Siamese cats are one of the oldest breeds of domestic cats. Claims for this breed total $74,638.91, with 77% related to illnesses and 23% related to accidents. The average claim amount is $396.44.
- Bengal – This breed is recognizable by its leopard-like appearance. Claims for Bengal cats equal $73,408.67, with 96% associated with illnesses and 4% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $364.95.
- Himalayan – Himalayan cats are a cross-breed of a Siamese cat and a Persian cat. Trupanion policyholders have spent $69,449.29 to date on this breed, 98% for illnesses and 2% for accidents. The average claim amount is $215.99.
- Maine Coon – Maine Coon cats are a large breed with a heavy, luxurious coat. Claims for this breed equal $63,683.01, with 90% associated with illnesses and 10% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $313.81.
- Ragdoll – Ragdoll cats are laidback and intelligent and are easily trainable. According to Trupanion databases, policyholders have spent $40,442.41 on the Ragdoll breed, with 93% associated with illnesses and 7% associated with accidents. The average claim amount is $277.70.
According to the American Pet Products Association, veterinary care is the second highest spending category behind food, with $12.04 billion spent in 2009. Veterinary costs continue to rise and cat owners are continuing to pay to keep their cats safe and healthy.
Do you shell out big bucks for your cat too? We’d love to know if you do or don’t! Leave us a comment below.