Pet insurance pays, partly or in total, for veterinary treatment of the insured person’s ill or injured cat. Some policies provide coverage if your cat is lost or stolen and some have a death benefit.
As veterinary medicine is increasingly providing higher tech medical services and drugs and owners have higher expectations for their cat’s health care and standard of living, the market for pet insurance has increased.
Pet insurance companies offer the pet owner the ability to customize their coverage by allowing them to choose their own level of deductible or co-insurance. This allows the pet owner to control their monthly premium and choose the level of coverage that suits them the best.
Some of the differences in insurance coverage are:
- Whether congenital and hereditary conditions (like hip dysplasia, heart defects, eye cataracts or diabetes) are covered;
- How the reimbursement is calculated (based on the actual vet bill, a benefit schedule or usual and customary rates);
- Whether the deductible is on a per-incident or an annual basis;
- Whether there are any limits or caps applied (per incident, per year, age or over the cat’s lifetime); and
- Whether there is an annual contract that determines anything diagnosed in the previous year of coverage is considered pre-existing the next year.
Source: Pet Insurance