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23 April 2008 @ 05:58 am
" - i'm hiding in the small print - won't you take another look...? "  

ITEM! anyone got any goob recommendations for cat insurance...? - yesterday we got sainsbury's pet care's quote for the goming year - & it's double what we've been paying ( a little under £15 a month for the two of 'em ) - so that's them down the dumper - they don't even offer a courtesy cat ( or gourtesy gat ) if one of ours is off the road for a while

( our pusses = 6 years, 10 months old - we've only ever made one claim - for abt £150 - when enzo had bladder trouble w/"struvite crystals" in his down belows two or three years ago - lulu has still got her no claims bonus )

above: lulu, enzo & "i have been chosen" alien friend

ITEM! just in case anyone missed part one of the EXCELLENT "cora's breakfast" gomic strip by nick abadzis in saturday's grauniad you can download a pdf of it from here

ITEM! is it just me or does anyone else find the thought of shreddies being "knitted" by ole grannies a bit off putting...? - normally i like shreddies but have gone back to weetabix for breakfast for the moment

Current Music: i'm mandy fly me by 10cc ( - it makes me think of dick emery )
jauntyemmajauntyemma on April 23rd, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
I insured Dave (cat) with Direct Line for about £7.50 a month then when it came up for renewal it went up to £10 a month :( I think this is fairly common and is why all these money saving gurus keep telling you to shop around. The insurance industry is making its ££s off lazy sods like me who are overwhelmed with inertia when it comes to going to the effort of looking for alternative options, but by the time you've insured your home, contents, car, self etc etc you could employ someone full time to search around for the cheapest deal.

we haven't yet claimed for Dave.. like many neutered male cats he had some kind of bladder thing before we got him and I didn't tell the insurers, do cats have medical records like humans? I don't think his current vet has contacted his previous vet.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
i'd never normally bother to change insurer, bank etc - but w/this increase they were really taking the piss ( - effectively from £15 a month to £30 )

i didn't realise bladder trouble was a gonsequence of neutering - tho i guess it makes sense, poor blighters ( - & touch wood, enzo's been ok for the last three years or so )
catsgomiaow on April 23rd, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
Unfortunately I know 0 about pet insurance so cannot help you but AWWWWWWWWWWW CATS! etc :)
Sheep with a guitarsbp on April 23rd, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
We have a couple of cats insured with More Than for about a tenner a month, and given the amount of money they've needed over the past few years it has definitely been worth it.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
ta for the tip - very useful
Terrie Bhere2bsilly on April 23rd, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I love British cats, they look so posh and sophisticated LOL
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
- that's very funny - there's no one posh &/or sophisticated in our family ( - unfortunately ) - altho the cats probly are the closest...
mwwhitesfmwwhitesf on April 23rd, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
I love Enzo's look of mild annoyance at being interrupted mid-bath or mid-scratch, assuming that's why his right rear leg is held at that angle.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
"mild annoyance" = enzo in a goob mood...!
lairdofdarkness: robot cat sees youlairdofdarkness on April 23rd, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Your cats look ace, me likee.
My Icon shows that my cat Morgan (or sir digby chicken ceaser) is actually a robot.
I have to admit I have never insured my cats....I really should shouldnt I?
Yes I am very weirded out that Shreddies are possibly actually knitted by grannies. In the latest advert they have added an old man who checks EVERY ONE!!! and you see his sweaty hands holding one before he has a bowlful.
Not the most sensible advertising campaign to be honest
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
- have you got another cat as well as morgan aka sir digby chicken caesar? - ( i hestitate to ask but ) what's his or her name...?
lairdofdarknesslairdofdarkness on May 4th, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
Yes we have two Cats. Sir Digby is the boy cat, about 5 years old. Sasha is the old lady cat - I think she is around 13 or so. Cant seem to put a pic on thsi reply, so will post some on blog.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 4th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
talking of pusses, this article in yesterday's grauniad nearly made me blub:

( great soppy lump that i am )

( i never used to bother with the family section until they put the comics in it )
Kiran: [stock] tulipsxkiranvx on April 23rd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Enzo! What a cute name for a cat! :D

I hadn't actually seen the Shreddies advert until you pointed it out. I find it pretty amusing, although, I not a shreddies fan myself. Lol. All bran/weetabix all the way!
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:38 am (UTC)
i'm a bit fed up with weetabix for breakfast now ( - they disintegrate in milk too quickly for my liking ) - i might have to go back to muesli or ( more likely ) toast

enzo & lulu are the names our cats came with ( at 8 weeks old ) so we can't take gredit for 'em
t_guy on April 23rd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
"ITEM! is it just me or does anyone else find the thought of shreddies being "knitted" by ole grannies a bit off putting...? - normally i like shreddies but have gone back to weetabix for breakfast for the moment"

It's not just you. I hate little old ladies in general.
worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
"I hate little old ladies in general."

- !!! - poor the little mum...!
Erkin Peavisserkinpeaviss on April 24th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
Gat inzhuranz
U probably kno this, but, especially if you have time and broabbanb/anytime gonnection, I think the thing 2 do is hit the brice gombarison sites and get the online guotes, and they will probably give you introductory/online deals, and then you can do it again every year, for max savins and boredom.

Looking at the sums so far, they would both have been much better off with luvly tax-free ISAs, but that's a gamble you may prefer not to take.

worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
Re: Gat inzhuranz
as you may have realised, i yam not the financial genius in the fambly - ta for the tip re: gat gomparison websites
mittelstadtmittelstadt on April 24th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Sorry, can't help (we pay vets out-of-pocket, usually) but I'll add to the "awww" factor. I wasn't a cat person 'til I met Kim, but we now have more cats than the cast of "Cats." (I exaggerate, but six seems like a pride of lions at times. More ideas for cartoons though. Pets are always a good topic with the general-market magazines.) Do you just have these in the photo or are there more?

Nick's comic (which I've viewed online) is great.

worldofagwuworldofagwu on May 3rd, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
wow - i can barely cope with two cats - six seems like an awful lot to me - what are their names? ( also, cat pics always go down well on LJ )