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What Were the Top 5 Feline Medical Conditions in 2018?

Embrace Pet Insurance examined its more than 200,000 claims filed last year — these are the top medical conditions for cats.

Jackie Brown  |  May 13th 2019

Embrace Pet Insurance recently released its data for the more than 200,000 claims filed last year.

Top feline medical conditions in 2018.

The No. 1 problem sending cats to the veterinarian was intestinal issues, which includes vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. According to Embrace, the average cat claim is more expensive than the average dog claim. This could be because cats are better at hiding their pain and discomfort, so by the time pet owners seek treatment, the problem is more advanced.

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About the author

Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to pet and veterinary industry media and is the former editor of numerous pet magazines, including Dog World, Natural Dog, Puppies 101, Kittens 101 and the Popular Cats Series. Prior to starting her career in publishing, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons and miniature poodle Jäger. Reach her at

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Catster magazine. Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting area of your vet’s office? Click here to subscribe to Catster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home. 

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