January 2011 Issue

A Guide to Anesthesia for Cats

Experts discuss how it works, and why itís considered to be safe for the majority of cats. Hereís why.

Any surgical procedure that will be painful to your cat will require that the animalís pain perception be dulled, if not totally blocked, by an anesthetic of some sort. Understandably, some cat owners find the notion that a pet will be placed under anesthesia a frightening prospect. "Thereís always a risk," acknowledges James Flanders, DVM, an associate professor of surgery at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine. "But if the cat is known to be in generally good health and if the anesthetic drugs are used properly, the chance that something will go wrong is very slim."

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