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What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia

There may be a time when your cat will require a procedure or surgery for his continued health. At the time of surgery, your cat will require anesthesia which will be carefully administered and monitored by our veterinary staff. Knowing the basics about how anesthesia will be is used in cat surgery and the recovery basics will help to ease your mind while your cat is under our care.

Cat anesthesia may be deemed necessary when a procedure needs to be performed wherein your cat will be immobilized or if the procedure would otherwise cause pain or distress that is beyond what your cat can comfortably tolerate. We want you to feel absolutely comfortable with our hospital, staff, and recommendations and anytime a cat sedative or anesthesia is being recommended we want to reassure you that our veterinary staff is here to answer any questions and provide any assistance that will make the procedure easier for you and your cat.

Because cats have specific needs, it is important to make sure that veterinary anesthesia protocols are followed properly to prepare your cat for surgery. We make it our priority to ensure that your cat is in optimal health before any cat surgery is performed. Therefore, our veterinarian may recommend some diagnostic testing before the procedure to ensure that we have a complete picture of your cat’s physical health.

Why Would Your Cat Need Anesthesia?

Cat anesthesia is used in association with any type of procedure that demands that your cat is immobilized or during any type of surgery in which the cat would otherwise feel pain. Cat anesthesia allows us to keep your cat perfectly still and pain-free during the surgery. During anesthesia, your cat will be in an unconscious state and will not feel any discomfort.

Risks Associated With Giving Cats Anesthesia

There are always risks that come with any surgery, but the risks are very low thanks to the experienced veterinary team here at Metairie Small Animal Hospital. With proper care and supervision, we are able to minimize the risks of complications due to the use of a cat sedative or anesthesia. Our veterinary staff performs careful and consistent monitoring throughout the entire time feline patients are under cat anesthesia.

What To Expect The Day Your Cat Receives Veterinary Anesthesia

You will receive a specific set of instructions from your veterinarian before your cat receives cat anesthesia or undergoes any surgical procedure. We will discuss with you any risks of veterinary anesthesia.  Here are some things to keep in mind as you arrive with your cat for the surgery:

  • Fasting is required the night before any cat sedatives or anesthesia are administered
  • Follow any specific directions given to you by your veterinarian
  • Depending on the type of procedure and your cat’s condition, our veterinarian may recommend additional prescription pain medications while your cat recovers
  • Ask any questions you may have and our veterinary staff will provide answers and help to ease your mind before or after the cat surgery is performed

Monitoring Anesthetized Cats

Our veterinary surgical team will monitor your cat very carefully during and after the cat surgery is performed and throughout the time that they are under the influence of anesthesia. During your cat's surgery, our veterinary staff will:

  • Monitor your cat’s heart rate, body temperature, oxygen levels, and carbon dioxide output levels
  • Keep an IV catheter in place for possible fluid administrations and in case any emergencies arise
  • Make sure your cat is breathing well and resting comfortably


What To Expect As Cats Come Out Of Anesthesia

The veterinary team at Metairie Small Animal Hospital will continue to monitor your cat’s vital signs, heart rate and respiration rate as it comes out of surgery, awakens from any cat sedatives used and until your cat is ready to return home. Your cat may feel sedated for a period of time after it goes home. Our staff will talk to you about your cat’s pain management plan. Your cat may need pain medication for several days and you will receive specific instructions before your cat is released. If you should have any questions or concerns, please call Metairie Small Animal Hospital right away. Some cats may not regain their appetite until the next day. Always follow all instructions given to you by your veterinary team to ensure your cat’s full recovery.

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