Sedation for Cats

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by crazedcat, Jun 6, 2009.

  1. crazedcat macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2009
    My cat is very aggressive so much so that she had to be sedated in order to get a proper exam and nails clipped by the vet. Her visit was at 11 in the morning and now its evening and she is still acting abnormal. She wont let anyone touch her, she screams at the top of her lungs, and she is just plain scared of leaving the corner. Is this normal and if so how long is she going to act like this.
  2. Conversion macrumors member


    Apr 30, 2009
    Hmm.. that doesn't sound normal. I have 4 cats and only one of them can get a little upset and scratch if I pick her up because she hasn't learned to be picked up when she was a kitten.
    How long have you had her? And has she always been so aggressive?
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    I wonder if one or more of her claws was improperly trimmed, meaning she's in pain. Does the vet have a 24 hour number?
  4. redwarrior macrumors 603


    Apr 7, 2008
    in the Dawg house
    If they sedated her though, that can make her act very strange for a long while after. I would put her in a cat carrier and see if she'll sleep it off. It took my dog 12 hours to get over a light sedation.
  5. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    HOW was the cat sedated ?

    IV ? Injection ? gas?
    those have different half lives

    it is also possible that the cat was stretched a little too much when they were handling her while sedated and now is very sore
  6. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I wouldn't get too worried just yet. She is probably scared, maybe a little sore, and still somewhat "off" from the sedation. If it were my cat I would let her have a nice quite night and then check on her in the morning and call my vet if she wasn't back to normal.

    Good luck, and I hope everything turns out fine.
  7. dehory macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah, just give the cat some space and let it chill out for a while. Getting sedated can paradoxically actually make them really anxious. If it's still acting like that after a couple of days, give the vet a call to see what they think.
  8. 99MustangGTman macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2008
    Germantown MD/ Columbus OH
    Did they use Ketamine? Studies show that a cat's behavior is affected for life after using the drug on the cat.

Share This Page