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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.

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

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1 thought on “What Were the Top 5 Feline Medical Conditions in 2018?”

  1. My situation was my cat Hemingway having a reaction to his annual vaccinations. It was completely unexpected. Our vet changed the vaccines that they use, which contained a chlamydia vaccine that he had never had before. Hemi normally tolerated his vaccinations. This tone he became very ill and was ill for several weeks. He stopped eating, was lethargic, had fevers. He lost a pound of weight in a week. We nearly lost him. Over $1000 later, he finally came around thanks to his doctor knowing what to do in giving him appetite stimulants & b12 shots. But he had to have a battery of tests done and xrays to rule out other causes, which is where the biggest expense was.

    He wasn’t even able to get himself to the litter box. I learned after he peed in his sleep on my bed that I had to carry him to the litter box a few times a day. He wasn’t happy about it, but he always went for me, the poor little guy.

    Thankfully he’s 100% better and back to being himself. You can’t put a price tag on your pets or family, but unexpected expenses can catch you by surprise when you really aren’t ready for it. I’m just glad he’s ok now. Our vet discontinued using this particular set of vaccines and went back to the ones they used before. I guess they had several cats that had reactions to it. It was very a very scary experience.

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