11117 Jefferson Ave.

Newport News, VA 23601

Cat Anesthesia

Anesthesia is a reversible unconsciousness. Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, will utilize anesthesia to sedate your cat for certain surgeries and other procedures. Anesthesia is used to help with pain and to relax the muscles. The relaxation of the muscles and the suppression of reflex movement assists our veterinarian during surgery. The unconsciousness the cat experiences ensures that they will not recall the procedure or sense any pain.

Before your cat undergoes surgery or a procedure, we will assess internal organ system function with a blood panel and heart function with an electrocardiogram to determine the safest anesthetic protocol to use for your cat. The induction of anesthesia will cause your cat to become unconscious. Once induced, they will be intubated and connected to oxygen and anesthetic gas.

While under anesthesia, your cat is connected to state-of-the-art monitors, and one of our trained technicians will observe them until they have fully recovered. Our two Licensed Veterinary Technicians have more than 50 years of combined experience and will monitor your cat closely. Cats do differ from humans when anesthetized, as they typically do not recover with a sense of nausea as humans often do.

Why Give Your Cat Anesthesia?

Cat anesthesia is used during procedures in which your cat needs to be immobilized for diagnostic procedures like x-ray or during surgery, in which your cat would otherwise feel pain. Sedating your cat allows us to keep your cat perfectly motionless and pain-free during surgery and other procedures. While under anesthesia, your cat will be in an unconscious state and will not feel any discomfort.


The veterinary team at Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, will examine your cat's vital signs, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and blood pressure as he or she comes out of surgery or awakens from any sedatives used. We will monitor your cat until he or she is ready to return home.

Don't be surprised if your cat feels sedated for a while after returning home.

Our friendly staff will discuss your cat's pain management plan with you, as your cat may need pain medication for several days after a procedure. If that is the case, we will provide you with specific instructions. Make sure you follow all instructions we provide you to ensure your cat's full recovery.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please call Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA tel:757-595-3337.
Please note that some cats may not regain their appetite for a day or two after surgery.

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