We have a modern, fully equipped sterile operating theatre with state of the art monitoring and anaesthetic equipment to allow us to provide the best possible care.
We perform routine or elective procedures every weekday. Your cat will usually be admitted by the vet or nurse in the morning, when we can fully explain the procedure involved and any aftercare that may be needed. We require your consent in writing, before you entrust your cat to our care. We often recommend that older cats or those with pre-existing medical conditions have a blood test prior to anaesthesia, so we can plan the safest protocol and predict any increased risks.
Prior to surgery the vet will examine every patient fully. A pre-medication is given to allow a relaxed anaesthetic induction, which will allow us to use lower doses of drugs, thus minimising side effects. An intravenous catheter is placed in every cat, in all but the shortest procedures, to allow rapid delivery of drugs and fluids as needed. We anticipate that cats, being small, will lose a lot of body heat during surgery, and will provide heated mats, insulated blankets and special warm air devices to minimise this.
Anaesthetic monitoring is taken very seriously at Cambridge Cat Clinic; a fully qualified nurse will continuously assess your cat throughout their procedure, until they are fully recovered. Most patients go home on the same day as their operation. If we feel that your cat would benefit from extra monitoring or pain relief in the clinic overnight, we will discuss this with you.
Please note that cats undergoing anaesthesia or sedation should not be fed from midnight the night before. Water need not be withheld. We have found that bringing an item that smells of home, for example a blanket, or item of your clothing, to leave with your cat, will help alleviate some of the stress of the unfamiliar environment.