What’s in a Name? Petplan Ranks “Unluckiest” Cat Tags & Mutt Monikers

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Maya, Stella, Emma and Henry top the list of pets with un-fur-tunate health histories.

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When it comes to accidents and illnesses, some furry friends strike it lucky, while others can’t seem to catch a break. According to Petplan pet insurance, a pet’s name could reveal who has the luck of the Irish and who could use a four-leaf clover.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Petplan combed through half a million claims records and rounded up the names of the hapless hounds and clumsy kitties who visited veterinary offices the most in 2014. Here’s how some popular names placed:

Top Accident-Prone Pet Names *
1. Maya            
2. Tucker        
3. Thomas        
4. Rascal        
5. Rosie            
6. Tommy        
7. Samantha        
8. Tigger        
9. Olive            
10. Samson        

1. Stella
2. Tucker
3. Dakota
4. Emma
5. Jake
6. Cooper
7. Riley
8. Teddy
9. Winston
10. Gracie

Top Under-the-Weather Pet Names**
1. Emma        
2. Sebastian        
3. Gus            
4. Henry        
5. Rosie            
6. Sasha        
7. Simon        
8. Joey            
9. Toby            
10. Riley        

1. Henry
2. Scout
3. Kona
4. Gus
5. Tucker
6. Stella
7. Riley
8. Gracie
9. Winston
10. Rocco

Petplan also examined claims data in two additional categories: cats least likely to land on their feet (literally!) and dogs most likely to eat something they shouldn’t. Pet parents may want to invest in a safety net if they have a cat named Chloe – which tops the list as the most-likely-to-fall feline name. Other clumsy cats that have trouble sticking the landing include: Jake, Simon, Abby, Lucy, Buddy, Oscar, Trixie, Milo and Nigel.

Dogs can be down on their luck, too – namely pups named Oscar, who took first place in the “indiscriminate chow hounds” division. Other dogs most likely to eat something they shouldn’t go by the names Jackson, Tucker, Murphy, Jack, Stella, Teddy, Sam, Lily and Ruby.

After playing the name game, Petplan found that one particularly luckless four-legged friend could really use a four-leaf clover: Tucker. Pets who share the name made the top 10 in three of the four categories: accident-prone, under the weather and most likely to eat something they shouldn’t.

“Our unlucky names lists are all in good fun, of course, but they do underscore the importance of protecting all pets with insurance,” says Natasha Ashton, co-Founder and co-CEO of Petplan. “The truth is, a name may forecast your furry friend’s inclination toward calamity to some degree, but we can never really predict our pets’ health. A pet parent’s best bet is to make your own luck by protecting all the paws you love – no matter what you name them.”

Though Ashton acknowledges that Petplan made the “unlucky pets” lists on a lark, she does show a bit of Irish superstition. “If you do have a furry friend named Tucker at home, you might want to give us a call,” she winked.

For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.gopetplan.com.


  • based on Petplan injury claims data

** based on Petplan illness claims data

Petplan is more than a pet insurance company. We're dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving—but thriving—into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud. For the third consecutive year, Petplan was included on Forbes' annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America.

Petplan’s fully customizable cat and dog insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2014. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit http://www.gopetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.

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