A whisker of truth: Facts & fiction about anaesthetising cats
Cats present some unique anaesthetic and analgesic challenges. Small body size and species-specific responses to drugs can complicate feline anaesthesia. Cats can be difficult to handle, intubate and monitor. Cats are likely to become hypothermic. Fluid overload from supplemental fluids is more common in cats than in larger patients. Cats tend to hide disease and pain - and everything else. However, this catalogue of potential cataclysms should not provide a catalyst for compromising anaesthesia and pain management in our feline friends. Cat-specific anaesthetic and pain management drugs and techniques will be purr-fectly discussed.
- At the end of this lecture the delegate will be able to:
- •Understand the increased risk for anaesthetic death in cats vs dogs.
- •Develop cat-specific anaesthetic protocols that include drugs, monitoring and physiologic support.
- •Develop analgesic protocols that address cat-specific pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics.