When does the vet have to anesthetize the cat?

Sometimes it is unavoidable to give an anesthetic to a cat - for example during an operation or dental treatment. This can save the velvet paw from pain. Because the vet can Sometimes anesthesia is necessary in cats - Shutterstock /

do not work safely when the fur nose is moving.

There are different options for anesthesia, depending on the cat's health and the type of intervention. Your veterinarian will inform you about the different methods in a preliminary discussion, and tell you the advantages and disadvantages. Do not hesitate to ask if you do not understand something or are otherwise concerned.

What is anesthesia for cats?

Your cat always needs anesthesia if she has to stay calm for treatment. This is the case with operations, for example castration. However, anesthesia cannot usually be avoided even with dental treatments against tartar or in the case of broken teeth. Sometimes it may also be necessary to briefly anesthetize the cat so that it does not move during an X-ray examination. Otherwise the recordings would be blurred and therefore unusable. Anesthesia also has the advantage that your cat does not feel any pain during surgery or other treatment.

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Different types of anesthesia at the vet

There are usually four types of anesthesia: injection anesthesia, inhalation anesthesia, TIVA (total intravenous anesthesia) and short anesthesia, also called sedation. Injection anesthesia is the classic and at the same time the cheapest method. The anesthetic is injected directly into the vein or muscles and after 5 to 15 minutes your cat falls asleep. The anesthesia lasts about 30 to 60 minutes, after which the kitty slowly wakes up again. However, since the anesthetic first has to be broken down by the liver and excreted through the kidneys, it can take several hours before the fur nose is really fit again.

Inhalation anesthesia is gentler, but is not offered by every veterinarian. The cat is briefly anesthetized, after which a rubber tube is inserted into her trachea. The animal is given anesthetic gas through a mask. This method can control sleep during anesthesia if the dose turns out to be too high or too low. Anesthesia can also be stopped in an emergency. The cat wakes up very quickly afterwards, since it only needs to exhale the anesthetic.

With the TIVA, a gentle anesthetic is administered through a venous catheter. This form of anesthesia can also be broken off quickly and is gentler on the kitty than the injection anesthetic. The short anesthetic works very quickly. The vet can give an antidote and stop it quickly. This can be useful if the cat only needs to be sedated for a few minutes for X-rays or blood tests.

Important precaution

The vet should examine your cat thoroughly before anesthesia. So he can choose the right method, calculate the dosage of the anesthetic and take into account any health problems of your cat. For cats with kidney problems or older animals, for example, injection anesthesia can be difficult. Your darling should also eat 12 hours before the treatment, so that he does not vomit during the anesthesia. Your vet will advise you of this before treatment.

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