What are the risks of anesthesia in cats?

Feline anaesthesia, as with people, will always entail a risk. Anesthesia is just the stuff that makes a cat unconscious for surgery. Some studies have suggested the risk of death in cats from it is about 1 in 1000. There are also much rarer instances where cats suffer from seizures or brain damage from lack of oxygen. This doesn't mean you shouldn't get your cat surgery. But it does mean for elective surgeries or anything that is optional, you should weigh that risk in making your decision. Local anesthetics have much less risk than general anesthesia, so ask your vet if that's an option. For some surgeries, however, it isn't, because the cat may fight back or it may be more serious.

   

General Flea Tipsheet

pictures of fleas

flea bites

Pet Questions

Pet Product Reviews

 

Sources and Useful Links:

http://cats.about.com/cs/anesthesia/a/understanding.htm

http://www.2ndchance.info/anesthesia.htm

Back to Pet Questions Page

Back to Flea Control Guide Main Page

Text copyright 2005-2006 Fleascontrol.com and may not be reproduced without consent. This is not the official web page of any of the products listed on this site, this is a review page created by an individual. It is not by a vet, and is meant to be informative and not to substitute for a vet's advice - always consult a vet if you suspect a health problem.