Cat Passport and Insurance

Insuring and taking your cat abroad

The Pet Passport allows the entry of your cat to all members of the most European countries without any additional health certification being required. For a Pet Passport to be issued there are certain criteria that must be fulfilled. All animals must be 3 months of age before they can be vaccinated.

Before a Pet Passport can be issued your cat must have:

Countries outside the EU may have additional requirements which require a health check and a certificate by a DEFRA nominated Official Veterinary Inspector a few days before the travel date. For these countries, application for the appropriate paperwork should be made to DEFRA at least a month before the travel date.

Before returning to the UK your cat must be treated with a specific worm and tick treatment. This needs to be done 24-48 hours before their return to the UK, and be done by a Veterinary Surgeon abroad, who will then issue the appropriate certificate.

Provided rabies booster vaccinations are given at the correct time and the passport signed by an official veterinary surgeon, it will remain valid.

 

Does quarantine still exist?

Yes. All cats entering the UK that do not have a valid Pet Passport must undergo a period of 6 months quarantine. It is essential that all documentation is valid and correct.

 

It is important that when considering overseas travel with your cat, you contact DEFRA to ensure that all requirements are identified and a pre-travel plan to be created.

Where can I get further information?
The PETS Helpline:
Tel: 0870 2411 710 (8.30am – 5pm, Mon – Fri)
DEFRA Website: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine

 

Cat insurance

It is cited that 1 in 3 pets will require veterinary treatment this year. This could be for a long term condition such as arthritis or Diabetes Mellitus, or a ‘one off’ occasion such as a broken leg.

As veterinary medicine becomes more advanced, costs increase and in some cases become a deciding factor on the treatment plan. This is where insuring your cat can help you provide the best possible treatment, no matter the condition.

There are many pet insurance companies available which will insure against accident, illness and injury. However, policies can vary greatly and so should be considered very carefully. It is not a decision where comparisons are made just on price.

When looking for an insurance policy for your cat, check the following:

  • Make sure that the policy is a LIFETIME or LIFE POLICY.
  • There is no limit on the time that can be claimed for each condition.
  • There are no exclusions at renewal for ongoing conditions.
  • The company is a pet insurance specialist.
  • Whether the excess will increase after each claim.

We recommend the Covered for Life Policies from Pet Plan. This type of policy covers conditions such as arthritis which would require long term, regular veterinary treatment. Provided that the policy is renewed annually, then cover continues for life.

The Cover for Life policies are available provided your cat is between 6 weeks and 10 years of age. If your cat has any illnesses or injuries prior to insurance being organised, then these will not be covered by the company.

When you take out a policy you should always check your terms and conditions in conjunction with your Certificate of Insurance to see what is and what is not covered.

As the insurance policy is between the client and the insurance company, clients are responsible for settling accounts with Practice. These costs can then be reclaimed by the client from the insurance company.

You are far more likely to claim on your pet’s insurance policy than your home insurance policy and yet we don’t think twice about insuring our homes!

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