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What To Know When Your Cat Needs Anesthesia


Why Would Your Cat Need Anesthesia?

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

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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 Forever Pet Dental. However, with proper care and supervision, there are virtually no risks of complications due to the use of a cat sedative. Our veterinary staff ensures the risks are minimized by performing careful and consistent monitoring throughout the entire time our 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 recommended the night before any cat sedatives 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

The 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 a cat sedative. After your cat comes out of surgery, 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.

Our veterinary team will continue to monitor your cat’s vital signs, heart rate, and blood pressure as he or she comes out of surgery, awakens from any cat sedatives used, and until he or she is ready to return home. Your cat may feel sedated for a period of time after coming home with you.

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.

Some cats may not regain their appetite until the next day. Always follow all instructions given to you by your veterinary team to aid in your cat’s full recovery.

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