NEW FIGURES released recently by pet insurer Petplan indicate that a cat is run over on UK roads every two and a half minutes. According to the company, drivers hit 630 cats every day, nearly a quarter of a million in the last year.
Petplan research also indicates that kittens are most at risk, with half of all the cats involved in road traffic accidents (RTA), being aged between seven months and two years old.
The company has produced a free guide for owners to help prevent and deal with cat RTAs.
Feline Accident Black Spots
Bristol is pinpointed as the UK’s cat accident black spot. The city had the highest number of cat RTAs in the last 12 months. London comes a close second as the most hazardous place for cats. Grimsby and Dundee, says Petplan, are cat heaven having the lowest reported incidents in the last year.
Top Ten Black Spots
Petplan’s research also found 35% of drivers admitted to either hitting or nearly missing a cat and three out of four drivers confessed to having no idea what to do if they were to hit a cat. Almost one in ten Brits felt the best course of action, rather than seek professional help, was to stop and apply first aid themselves, while a meaner 13% would leave the cat for dead.
Simon Wheeler, Head of Marketing, Petplan, said: “The luckier cats that do survive often suffer terrible injuries. Last year our most expensive claim came in at over £10,000, which illustrates just how crucial pet insurance is. It enables pet owners to make life saving decisions when tragedy strikes.”
Petplan paid out over £1million on RTA claims involving cats last year and quotes the average vet bill for treatment of RTAs at around £500.
Fifty-five per cent of drivers feel that cat owners should take further steps to look after their animals. Eighty-five per cent of people believe a reflective collar is a good preventative measure to make it safer for cats and drivers on the streets, whilst 64% say keep cats indoors at night.
* Petplan’s free guide to cat care is available by calling 0800 316 0270.