Rosie and his brother love causing a Ruckas – especially their first night at home.

Bringing your new pet home, you don’t expect a rush to the emergency vet the next day – for Rosie’s parents this was a reality.

Name: Rosie

Breed: Domestic shorthair

Tricks & Loves: Rough-housing with his brother Annie, climbing trees and chasing ping-pong balls.

Rosie's story: Rosie fell off a bench seat and fractured his leg. He was in a cast and confined to a cage for several weeks before his leg healed.

How Rosie became part of the family

The black-and-white kitten looked like our old cat Annie, so he was named Annie. Rosie is black with a tabby mottle, and my three-year-old daughter named him after her great aunt. Both the cats are male but my kids don’t care about that!

“The kittens love to play fight together. They were rolling around on a bench seat and Rosie fell”

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Why we got pet insurance

We got the six weeks Free Health Cover when we got the kittens from the SPCA. After Rosie’s accident, we’ve continued with pet insurance for both our kittens.

What happened to Rosie?

The kittens love to play fight together. They were rolling around on a bench seat and Rosie fell – there was a horrendous kitten cry and he was lame. It was 8:30 at night, so I couldn’t blame the children! We took him to the after-hours vet and it was a fractured leg. The vet put a cast on him initially, which was then changed twice, and he got a toe infection – it was very traumatic and I cried. He had to be in a cage for weeks, with a head cone on, and Annie was on the outside of the cage – it was stressful and neither the cats or the kids handled it well. But it came right in the end, his leg was all good and it was a happy ending.

“After Rosie’s accident, we’ve continued with pet insurance for both our kittens.”

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What having Southern Cross Free Health cover has meant for our family

We both grew up on farms so we would never have thought about insuring a pet before this happened – we saw cats as kind of disposable. But now we adore our cats; sometimes someone says ‘you can just get another one’, but you can’t! Rosie’s accident was stressful enough even with the Free Cover.

How is Rosie these days?

Rosie and Annie are both starting to go outdoors more now, although they still spend a lot of time indoors, not playing with cat toys and instead playing with the children’s knitted finger puppets. The kids have specific jobs for the kittens, feeding them and being on ‘poo alert’ with the litter tray. They love the kittens and the kittens love to snuggle up with the children – so it’s been a very happy ending.

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We’d like to the thank Emma, Gus, Bridgette, Rosie and Annie for welcoming us into their home and allowing us to share their story. Our customers really are the best.

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