Does PetMD Need More Cat Health Posts? And the Top 15 Feline Veterinary Conditions by the Numbers
Two days in a row and I’ve kept to the cats in my posts. Does that spell a trend? Not particularly. But the fact that I take special note of this less than typical double-header — and never do I question its more-than-occasional canine correlation — means that cats may be getting short shrift on FullyVetted.
That’s the honest truth. And for that I sincerely apologize. Though it’s true that more dog owners spend time here on FullyVetted, the chicken-or-egg conundrum remains: Would more feline keepers invest more of themselves in this Blog if more of my content met their needs?
That’s why I’m wondering whether we need a dedicated cat health blogger here on PetMD.
Not that I will ever stop blogging about the kitties. Their issues interest me too personally to pass off, and the unique, unmistakably cat-centric perspectives offered by their humans are too damn entertaining. Dedicated cat people are just like that … pleasantly eccentric and all that.
Anyhoo, it’s up to you to to offer your opinion on this weighty issue. Because, perhaps it’s true that cats can share nicely, but they may well benefit from having their own space, too.
So now that that’s out of the way … onto the top fifteen cat health conditions. These common cat problems were reported by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) as their most-often-claimed, and were therefore most worthy of being included in their newest, cats-only policy.
Though I’ll beg to quibble a bit, since my personal top fifteen differs a titch, I’ll easily concede that these are a really-close version of my daily veterinary reality:
1. Lower urinary tract disease
2. Chronic renal failure
3. Skin allergies and infections
6. Tooth infection requiring extraction
7. Upper respiratory infections
8. Ear infection
9. Eye infection
12. Soft tissue injuries/sprains
13. Laceration and bite wounds
14. Benign skin growths
All told, these fifteen (listed in no particular order) are responsible for sixty percent of the feline medical claims submitted to VPI each year. Of these, believe it or not, the most expensive feline condition on the list is number six, tooth extraction, which reportedly costs an average of $360 per claim.
In my experience, benign skin growths could easily be tossed off the list and replaced with one infinitely more sinister: abdominal mass. And that tooth extraction? All told, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, nerve blocks, antibiotics and post-op pain meds included, that’ll be more like $450. But, as I said, otherwise I won’t quibble. These numbers look pretty spot-on.
And now, here’s where I’ll recruit the lot of you FullyVetted cat folk to come comment. If you can’t back up these here common cat health issues with your personal experience, at the very least I hope you’ll weigh in on the cat blogging thing. Or haven't I goaded you enough?
Dr. Patty Khuly