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.


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