Shelter Cats are Just as Healthy as Purebred Cats, According to Data

Petplan Pet Insurance encourages giving homeless and “second-hand” cats a second chance at a loving home.

Recent data from pet insurance company Petplan show that cats adopted from cat shelters are about 5 percent less likely to have an unexpected trip to the vet, compared to cats purchased through pet stores or other sources. The group encourages prospective cat owners to consider adopting their next cat from a shelter or cat rescue organization.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people think that shelter pets aren’t as healthy as pets who come from breeders or pet stores,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “In fact, according to our data, adopted pets are actually 5.2 percent less likely to require an unexpected visit to the vet than their purpose-bred counterparts. Since the majority of rescue or shelter pets are mixed-breed pets, it’s possible that their ability to avoid unexpected vet visits might be due to them having fewer of the hereditary diseases we see more often in purebred pets.”

In addition to donating money to dog and cat welfare causes, Petplan also has developed innovative partnerships with dog and cat shelters, rescues and humane societies nationwide to provide adopted cats and dogs with 30-day promotional pet insurance. The program, which helps alleviate the stress of unexpected cat vet bills for adoptive parents, ensures second-chance cats get optimum care — especially during the critical transition period.

Despite the great work of cat shelters nationwide, there are still misconceptions about shelter cats. Petplan separates fact from fiction on some of common myths:

• Myth: Shelter cats aren’t spayed or neutered
Fact: Many shelter cat are spayed or neutered, and some even come with other benefits, such as a microchip, and low-cost veterinary care at the shelter. Some even come with free pet insurance.

• Myth: Shelter cats are prone to bad behaviors or health problems
Fact: Shelter cats are no more prone to poor behavior or health problems than purebred cats. In fact, most shelter cats receive extensive medical observation and care to ensure they are healthy and ready for adoption.

• Myth: Shelter pets are harder to train
Fact: Many shelter cats receive training and socialization before adoption to help make the transition into their new family easier.

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