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Pet insurance needed for penniless pooches and bankrupt kitties

13 August 2009 / by Rachael Stiles

Petplan has revealed the world's richest fat cats, prosperous pups and reptiles that are rolling in it, but every owner can "keep their pet healthy and happy, without breaking the bank."

Among the wealthiest of the world's pets are self-made animals that have made it big in the entertainment industry, such as Moose, better known as Eddie in the TV sitcom Frasier, who is worth about £1.8million.

There are also those pets that ride on the coat tails of their successful owners, such as Oprah Winfrey's dogs, which stand to inherit £30million from the chat show star.

But Petplan's definitive 2009 Pet Rich List, which unveils the world's 50 richest dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and other animals, serves as a reminder that not all furry friends are cushioned from catastrophe by a nice little nest egg, so Petplan pledges to treat all animals the same.

"Regardless of wealth, Petplan is committed to making sure that every owner can keep their pet healthy and happy, without breaking the bank," said Alison Andrew, head of marketing at Petplan, which is the UK's largest provider of pet insurance.

"We know that pets play a very special role in their owner's lives and the 2009 Pet Rich List highlights the lengths that some owners go to provide for their furry friends," she said.

At the top of Petplan's rich pet list is an Alsatian named Gunther IV, who enjoys a diet of caviar and steak. He was handed his £224.6million fortune, including a Miami mansion and a villa in the Bahamas, by his late father, Gunther III, who in turn inherited his wealth from his owner, Countess Karlotta Libenstein.

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