Wednesday 16 September 2020

Maine Coon cat: top 5 health conditions claimed for under pet insurance

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance usefully provide the public with the top five health conditions claimed for by owners of the Maine Coon cat in the UK. It is interesting and perhaps revealing. The information may not be generally indicative of Maine Coon health issues. It tells us that the Maine Coon in the UK typically might suffer from these health issues. They appear to point to diseases of internal organs. 

Average Treatment Costs Table
ConditionAverage treatment cost
Organ tumour£949.61
Average annual pet insurance premiums by cat breed - top five

The information in the table relates to the period 01/01/18 to 31/12/18 and refers to paid treatments including excesses. They say that Maine Coons can suffer from specific ailments although they describe the breed as relatively healthy. 

They can suffer from the common heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy which affects middle-aged cats. The heart grows bigger and the symptoms are shortness of breath, reduced appetite and a reduction in activity levels.

They mention tumours. To the best of my knowledge, Maine Coons are not predisposed to developing cancer tumours. But Tesco argues that common feline growths include lipomas (benign fatty tumours), mast cell tumours (a cancer of the immune system) and lymphomas (a cancer of the lymph nodes).

Tesco Pet Insurance do say that this breed may be predisposed to developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The small or large intestines becomes inflamed. My research indicates that it can be quite difficult to cure this disease in felines. I have a page on home remedies for this disease which you can read by clicking on this link.

I have a page on Maine Coon cat health problems - click here to read it. In a post I wrote in 2018 I said that Maine Coons are more expensive to insure than Bengal cats in the UK.

Tesco Bank Pet Insurance helpfully provide us with some suggestions for Maine coon cat names: Max, Luna, Bella, Milly, Lola.

Maine Coon cat. Photo: copyright Helmi Flick and published here with her express permission.

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