Top 5 Accidents for Dogs and Cats by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Pets are naturally curious and often fearless. Most of the time, this playful approach to life serves up nothing more than a mild bonk on the head.

Other times, though, an accident can be more serious and require prompt veterinary care. And it’s not just dogs—even indoor cats can find themselves in trouble. That’s why a lot of pet parents are getting pet insurance for their pets, since it can help make vet bills more affordable.

Here are the top 5 accident claims—for both dogs and cats—among pets protected with ASPCA Pet Health Insurance:

1.  Bite Wounds

Bite wounds top the list of claims received for both cats and dogs. No matter the source, bite wounds should be taken very seriously and treated by a veterinarian right away. Not only do they pose the risk of bacterial infection, but bite wounds can also transmit dangerous diseases such as parvovirus and rabies.

2.  Swallowed Objects

It seems like our furry friends sometimes eat first and taste later. Whether it’s a rock or a baby’s diaper, pets seem to have a nose for the forbidden. If an object doesn’t pass on its own, pets may need surgery to get the item out. If you think your pet ate something, though, don’t try to induce vomiting on your own. Call a vet right away for proper advice.

3.  Cuts

Cuts can be become dangerous if bacterial infections go undetected under longer fur. Have any cuts or scrapes checked out by your vet right away. Severe infections can crop up and get dangerous very fast.

4.  Car Accidents

Always make sure your dog is on a leash when he or she is outside, and take care in traffic when you’re walking your pet. Also watch out for your cat. Check that doors and window screens are secure to make sure your cat doesn’t accidentally get outside.

5.  Fractured Teeth

Fractured teeth can result from trauma to the face, a high fall or even rough play. If left untreated, a fractured tooth could affect the pet’s overall health. Regular checkups and dental exams are a good idea as pets often mask symptoms of dental problems.

This article is sponsored by ASPCA Pet Insurance.

Cat Care 101 by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

Have you just adopted your first cat? You may have a few questions about how to care for your new feline. First and foremost, know that all cats require love and patience. It can be tough adjusting to a new home, but just keep in mind that they are surely grateful to have you as their pet parent.

In addition, there are some very important basics that go into proper care for your cat. They include:

  • Feeding– Consult your veterinarian about how much to feed your pet. Typically, kittens can be fed about four times a day, which can slowly be reduced to one or two meals a day by the time your cat reaches their first birthday.
  • Healthcare– Your cat should see the veterinarian at least once a year for an examination and annual shots, and immediately if she is sick or injured. Because veterinary bills can add up, pet insurance can help alleviate some of the cost.
  • Housing– Your cat requires a warm, quiet place to rest and call their own, such as a pet bed. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel and be sure to wash the bedding often.
  • Litter Box– All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended.

Your cat should also be licensed as soon as possible, even if it remains indoors. Also, micro-chipping can offer a permanent solution for keeping tabs on your cat whereas collars can fall off. Micro-chipping provides great reassurance in knowing if your cat were to ever become lost they would have a high chance of being returned safely home. Many pet insurance companies, like ASPCA Pet Health Insurance even help cover this expense!

Best of luck with your new cat and know that your veterinarian will always be there should you have any further questions about their care.

This article is sponsored by ASPCA Pet Insurance.

Cat Breeds – What to Choose?

Are you thinking about getting a cat? If you are, there’s lots to think about. At the top of list – what breed to get? Cat breed is very important when choosing a four-legged companion to spend the next 10 to 20 years with!

Every breed has its own distinct personality. Some are really curious, some are extremely high energy, some are very laid back. Some do well with children and other pets, some need to be only kitties. Do you live in a house or an apartment? Will the kitty be indoor only or indoor-outdoor? All these things matter when choosing a cat.

You’ll also want to consider the cat’s size and coat. Full grown cats can range from as small as 4 or 5 pounds to over 25 pounds! How much grooming do you want to do? Short hair cats need less grooming than long hairs, and some long hairs are easier to care for than others.

Look at Candy, EK, and me. We’re three different breeds and as different as night and day on all levels. I’m a Maine Coon mix and I’m purrfect, of course. I have long hair, but it doesn’t tangle and mat like some long hairs. And I think I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m just gorgeous and floofy! I’m playful, but pretty laid back. I’m very intelligent and good at inventing games.

EK is a Siamese mix. He’s also very smart, but much more active. He’s always into everything and makes lots of trouble. He hogs all the toys and interrupts every game even if mom just spent a long time playing with him. He wants all the attention. He’s got short hair that’s kind of course and gets stuck in clothes a lot more than mine does.

Then there’s Candy. She’s a funny duck. She’ll play, but she really has to be pushed. Where EK and I will cuddle any time, Candy only wants attention when Mom’s getting ready for work or for bed. Mom can sit on the sofa for hours and no sign of Candy. As soon as Mom starts getting ready for bed, Candy’s all over her begging for attention. She’s also a short hair like EK, but her fur is extremely soft like a rabbit’s fur.

So that’s a little bit about cat breeds. Happy hunting for your new, four-legged friend!

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored blog. All content is original and all opinions are my own. © 2012 Cheryl Stavis