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Behavior of the cat after sedation
Behavior of the cat after sedation

Sedation is a procedure that is often used in veterinary medicine and differs from actual anesthesia.

As some side effects may arise, it is good to monitor the behavior of the cat after sedation.

What is sedation


When the veterinarian injects an anesthetic to the cat, the cat suffers a loss of consciousness, an altered perception of pain and a decrease in muscle tone that relaxes.

It is a procedure used in view of a surgical operation, to allow the animal to undergo the operation without realizing it and therefore feel pain.

Sedation, on the other hand, is another thing; the injected drug determines in the cat alone a partial loss of consciousness.

The cat, immediately after sedation, appears asleep and the perception with the surrounding environment is attenuated.

Sedation is used, for example, to reduce a cat's agitation, in view of normal clinical visits or before carrying out diagnostic tests - an inspection of the oral cavity or the removal of a foreign body.

Sedation in cats is also performed before anesthesia, to allow the animal to begin to relax.

In particular, it is performed before local anesthesia which removes sensitivity only in a specific area of the body.

What to do after the procedure


Since sedation still involves the cat taking a drug, it is important to keep the animal under control in the first few days.

Side effects of the sedative may include tiredness or agitation.

Once back home, the cat can roam around the house and be restless; among other side effects of sedation there may also be difficulty urinating.

To get your cat to recover, the advice is to prepare a warm bed at floor level.


During the hours following the sedation, also check the body temperature which must not exceed 38-39 ° C.

In any case, always consult your vet if you notice any behavior that does not convince you after sedation.