Side effects of sedating a cat
Injectable anesthesia that we use consists of a drug called ketamine which is injected into the muscle.
For more painful procedures such as declaws, ketamine works very well at helping to prevent pain from being felt in the first place.So, if there is a complication, such as not breathing during surgery, we have to maintain supportive care until the ketamine starts to wear off.We have two different types of gas anesthesia that we will use in cats. Sevoflurane is a very fast acting gas anesthesia which will result in a quick loss of consciousness and a quick return to consciousness. Isoflurane takes just a little longer to both lose consciousness and regain consciousness, but it is a little more cost effective.Therefore, we will usually use sevoflurane to induce anesthesia, and then switch to isoflurane to maintain anesthesia during the procedure.Ketamine does have some brief discomfort associated with its injection, but it is fairly inexpensive, which enables us to keep our costs low for routine procedures that do not take long to perform.Ketamine does have some cardiac effects, and can lower what is called the seizure threshold, so we will only use it on young healthy cats.
In addition, it is a rare side effect, but ketamine can potentially change a cat's personality, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently.
Once ketamine is in your cat's system, we cannot reverse it.
General anesthesia is defined by Webster's Dictionary as a loss of sensation affecting the entire body accompanied by a loss of consciousness. At All Feline Hospital, the vast majority of our surgical procedures are performed with general anesthesia.
This means that your cat will be completely asleep for the procedure, and will wake up afterwards.
We offer 2 primary types of general anesthesia for most procedures. For select routine procedures on young cats, you do get to choose which type of anesthesia you would like to have used.
For older cats, or for more advanced lengthy procedures, we will only use gas anesthesia.