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Cat Surgery - What to Know

Types of Cat Surgery
Elective: These include non-emergency procedures like spaying, neutering, and dental cleanings.
Non-Elective/Emergency: These involve immediate threats to the cat's life, such as severe wounds and significant injuries.

Common Surgeries
Spays and neuters
Dental procedures
Neurotomy or gastronomy
Abdominal procedures for foreign bodies
Wound management
Fracture repairs
Bladder stone removal

Pre-Surgery Lab Work
We are required to evaluate how the cat will react to anesthesia and assess overall metabolic stability.
Examines kidney and liver values, white and red blood cell counts, platelets, protein levels, and electrolytes.

Pre-Surgery Preparations
Understand the recovery time, procedure intent, and post-operative care needs.
Questions about previous surgical experiences, medications, and recovery should be addressed.

During Surgery
Registered veterinary technicians with advanced training monitor anesthesia.

Recovery time varies; soft tissue surgeries usually take around ten days.
After surgery, the cat may go home with pain medication, activity restrictions, and possibly dietary changes.
Pay close attention to discharge instructions, including wound care and activity restrictions.

Home Preparation
Fasting overnight before the surgery and familiarizing the cat with a carrier are recommended.