Pet mischief at home can be costly

The antics of our pets can drive up significant costs in damage to the home, revealed Saga Home Insurance. (s)
The antics of our pets can drive up significant costs in damage to the home, revealed Saga Home Insurance. (s)
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The antics of our pets can drum up hours of amusement - but it can also drive up costs in damage to the home, revealed Saga Home Insurance.

Tortoises starting a house fire causing £6000 of damage by knocking over a heat lamp was one of the more unusual claims dealt with over the last year by the company. Luckily, the tortoises were unharmed.

One customer’s dog shattered a window by charging straight through closed patio doors to scare a cat in the garden, resulting in a £2000 repair bill.

Another returned home to what she thought was the scene of a burglary - until she found her cat sitting among £500 worth of smashed ornaments.

Others include a dog treading paint all over the carpets and a husky swallowing his owner’s £2000 hearing aid.

Paul Green, communications director for Saga, said: “We are a nation of pet lovers but even the best behaved dog or cat can leave you with a big bill. Animal accidents in the home can cost thousands to put right.”

How much has your pet’s mischief-making set you back over the years?