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Vet visits are an inevitable part of life for all cat owners. The price of annual checkups and potential emergencies should be included when tallying up the total of being a pet parent. So how much does a vet visit cost for a cat? Let’s take a closer look at the most common expenses involved in keeping your kitty healthy.
Not every cat will have the same health requirements, but there are some veterinary basics you should expect to pay for:3
Most cats only require 1 – 2 vet visits per year, which can help spread out the total cost.6 Of course, this can change depending on the age and overall health of your cat. Kittens, for instance, should visit the vet monthly for the first 4 months of their life. During that time, they’ll get all the required core vaccines.
Once your cat reaches adulthood (1 year old), they should see the vet every 6 months to 1 year. Mature cats (7 years and older) need two annual visits, so the vet can catch any developing health issues as early as possible. Your vet will recommend a comprehensive geriatric screening to look for specific biomarkers, including:7
In total, this screening process averages $200 – $250 per visit.
When it comes to our cats’ health, there’s only so much we can plan for. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what you could need to pay for down the line:6
Regular vet visits are an essential step in keeping your cat healthy, but the costs can add up. Many pet parents are forced to choose between their furry friend’s health and their own bank accounts, especially when faced with unexpected emergencies.
Fortunately, cat insurance can help cover many of these expenses.2 Accident and illness policies typically cover some or all of the cost of emergency tests and treatments. And with MetLife’s wellness add-on, you can be reimbursed for the cost of routine check-ups and screenings, including vaccinations.1, 8
Ready to see how much your and your kitty could save? Get started today with a free quote from MetLife Pet Insurance.
1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.
2 Provided all terms of the policy are met. Application is subject to underwriting review and approval. Like most insurance policies, insurance policies issued by IAIC and MetGen contain certain deductibles, co-insurance, exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. For costs, complete details of coverage and exclusions, and a listing of approved states, please contact MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC.
3 “The Costs of Responsible Cat Ownerships,” The Spruce Pets
4 “Core Vaccines for Pet Cats,” AAHA
5 “Dental Disease in Cats,” VCA Animal Hospital
6 “Vet Visits for Cats: How Much Will it Cost (2022 Price Guide),” Pet Keen
7 “Wellness Testing for Senior Cats,” VCA Animal Hospital
8 Can be purchased at an additional cost.