'No need' to insure kennel-bound pets

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There is no need to insure your pet before it enters a cattery, kennel or any other type of temporary home, it has been claimed.

Meriel France, education and animal care manager for the Pet Care Trust, says that its up to the owner whether they want to insure their animal or not, adding that there is "no justification" in insuring specifically because it is going into a kennel or cattery.

"Pet insurance usually covers - depending on policy - veterinary bills, holiday cancellation, advertising if the animal is lost and payments [to the owner] if the animal dies," she commented.

"Kennels and catteries should have insurance such as public liability."

She went on to say that catteries and kennels need to be licensed and that they are regularly checked by local authorities to see whether they meet required standards.

Only around 23 per cent of animals are currently insured in the UK, according to the Pet Care Trust's figures.

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