What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia


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 kitty is under our care.

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 veterinarians will always recommend 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 or Sedation?

Cat anesthesia may be deemed necessary when a procedure needs to be performed where the cat will be immobilized or if the procedure would otherwise cause pain or distress that is beyond what the cat can comfortably tolerate.

Cat sedatives allow us 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.

Are There Risks Associated with Giving Cats Anesthesia?

There are always risks that come with any anesthetic procedure, but the risks are very low thanks to the experienced veterinary team here at Southern California Veterinary Group of the Inland Empire. With proper care and supervision, there are virtually no risks of complications due to the use of a cat sedative. Our veterinary staff ensures that risks are minimized by performing careful and consistent monitoring throughout the entire time our feline patients are under anesthesia or sedation.

What To Expect The Day Your Cat Receives Anesthesia

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

  • Fasting is necessary the night before your cat undergoes anesthesia
  • Follow any specific directions given to you by your veterinarian
  • Depending on the type of procedure and your cat’s condition, your 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 and after your cat's surgery is performed

Monitoring Anesthetized Cats

Our team will monitor your cat very carefully before, during, and after their surgery is performed, including throughout the time that they are under the influence of a sedative. Our veterinary staff will:

  • Monitor your cat’s heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and carbon dioxide output levels
  • Keep an IV catheter in place to provide fluid support should there be any fluctuations in blood pressure
  • Make sure your cat is breathing well and resting comfortably

*The risks of cat anesthesia are very low with proper monitoring.

What to Expect as Your Cat Comes out of Anesthesia

Our team will continue to monitor your cat’s vital signs, heart rate, and blood pressure as it comes out of surgery, awakens from any sedatives used, up until your cat is ready to return home. Your cat may feel sedated for a period of time after they go 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 us 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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