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What are Anesthesia Allergies?

Anesthesia allergic reactions occur almost immediately following the cat’s exposure to anesthesia, which means your cat will already be in the presence of a doctor when symptoms begin to show. Although hearing your cat suffered a complication during a medical procedure is unsettling, as long as the vet was monitoring your cat and treated the reaction quickly, your cat should fully recover.

If your cat is going to the vet for a procedure that requires the use of anesthesia, it’s normal to feel nervous. There are many risks associated with anesthesia, especially if your cat has certain health conditions or allergies. Unfortunately, you can’t tell if your cat has an anesthesia allergy until he has already had a reaction. Cats can be allergic to local or general anesthetics, and symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the allergy. Some cats will only experience a bit of swelling and irritation where the anesthesia was injected or applied topically, while others will begin to go into anaphylactic shock or cardiac arrest.

Symptoms of Anesthesia Allergies in Cats

If your cat is ever given local or general anesthetics during a medical procedure, the vet and his team of assistants will be closely monitoring him to look for signs of an allergic reaction, along with other complications. Some of the symptoms they are looking for can include:

  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Signs of cardiac arrest
  • Swelling or irritation at the injection site
  • Anaphylactic shock

Causes of Anesthesia Allergies in Cats

Some cats will have an allergic reaction to anesthesia, while others will not. Unfortunately, there are no known causes of allergies. Allergy tests can be conducted to determine if your cat reacts to any common allergens, however, anesthesia is not one of the allergens included in testing. Cat owners do not become aware of their cat’s anesthesia allergy until the cat has already had a reaction. 

Diagnosis of Anesthesia Allergies in Cats

If your cat has a surgery scheduled in the near future, you will most likely have to bring him in for pre-op testing to ensure he is healthy enough to undergo surgery. You may be wondering why an allergic reaction can still occur during the procedure if your cat has been thoroughly pre-tested. This is because there’s no way for a vet to test for an anesthesia allergy. 

Prior to a surgery, you should let your vet know whether your cat has any known allergies and if he has ever had any bad reactions to medications in the past. If your cat has been given anesthesia before and had a negative reaction to it, your vet needs to know this before the procedure is performed.

Once a local or general anesthesia has been administered to your cat, the vet should immediately be able to diagnose an allergic reaction based on the observable symptoms. Make sure you ask your vet for the exact name of the anesthesia that was used so you know to avoid this type moving forward.

Treatment of Anesthesia Allergies in Cats

Luckily, anesthesia allergic reactions occur immediately, so your cat will already be in the presence of a veterinarian when the symptoms begin. The treatment will depend on the severity of the reaction. If it’s just mild skin irritation, the vet may not administer any medication unless the condition worsens. Moderate allergic reactions can be treated with antihistamines, which can be given orally or intravenously. If the cat is under sedation from generation anesthesia, the antihistamine will be given through an IV, however, if the cat is awake and reacted to local anesthesia, the medication may be given orally.

Serious reactions will need other forms of treatment. The vet may administer epinephrine through an auto-injector device such as an Epi-Pen. Epinephrine will immediately enter the cat’s system and begin to alleviate the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction. If your cat’s airways begin to swell because of the allergic reaction, he may be unable to breathe. The vet will need to closely monitor his airways during an allergic reaction, and if swelling is spotted, emergency surgery may be needed to open the airways.

Recovery of Anesthesia Allergies in Cats

As long as the vet is closely monitoring your cat while under anesthesia, your cat should fully recover from any allergic reaction that occurs. You should be able to take your cat home after his condition has stabilized. Make sure you follow all of the vet’s instructions closely and administer any corticosteroids or antihistamines as instructed. If your cat’s condition worsens, take him to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Find out what type of anesthesia caused the reaction and ask your vet to write a note on your cat’s record so this allergy is documented. This will help you ensure your cat is not ever given this type of anesthesia again in the future.

Anesthesia Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Silver
Persian Cat
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

Hi i wanted to know that is hair loss in inside of her leg and itchy skin, symptoms of anesthesia drug !? She had this symptoms after a week that she had used the anesthesia drug.

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Boo
DOMESTIC
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss, redness
Hair Loss

My cat Boo tested FIV-positive when I took him for a routine check-up and vaccination after I rescued him. Shortly after, we scheduled Boo for neutering. He had a beautiful coat prior to his operation, and right after it he started to have hair falling off him in clumps, and the areas would be reddish from excessive scratching. Boo had also started to indulge in compulsive grooming, and will choke every 30 mins or so. Please help, my vet has only prescribed anti-inflammatory tablets for Boo. My heart pains each time I look at him. Thank you.

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Spice
Feline
6 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Ane
Weakness
Anethesis

My kitten was 6 months old and went to vet to be spayed , I got the terrible phone call that she died on the table after being spayed . The vet said they noticed her heart rate dropping and turned off the anesthesia but they could revive her.

I just lost my 5 month old male kitty yesterday. I took my two kitties, brother and sister to be spayed and neutered. My male died apparently shortly after waking up. They said he seemed fine, woke up from surgery. When they took my female in there 15 minutes later the make had died. Now my female is having trouble with congestion and fluid in her lungs do we are treating that. Such a common simple procedure has turned into a nightmare. We are so broken hearted our kitty is gone and now the other is having problems. The dr thinks it’s from being allergic to the anesthesia

Im sorry to hear about your poor little kitty. I just got done burying my 6 month old male kitten, I was told male cats have a higher risk being under anesthesia. I dont believe it.

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Davie
Tuxedo cat
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive grooming and raw spots/so

My cat developed a lump where he was vaccinated. Our vet performed surgery to remove the lump and since he came home he seems to be grooming excessively and scratching to the point of leaving raw spots/sores. Could this be an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. It has continued since having stitches removed. Can you give a cat benedryl?

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Sagira
tabby
13 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

Hello. I had a situation happen recently with my cat, and I really need help in understanding what happened. My cat was 13 years old, and appeared to be in good health. My vet recommended a tooth cleaning. I was nervous about her going under anesthesia, but the vet convinced me it was safe and the tooth cleaning would help prolong her life. She fasted, and they did bloodwork the day of the cleaning. I took her in, and when she came home, she was lethargic, and just not herself. I mentioned this to the vet, and they said to continue to watch her. She seemed to get a little better, and so I let it be. The vet said the cleaning went well, and that her teeth were is very good condition. A month transpired, and suddenly she was worse again (note, she never was fully herself after that anesthesia). I called the vet and made an appointment. The next day she rallied, and so I canceled the appointment. Two days later, she threw up (not unusual, she does this when she gets excited or eats too much, we had been running around alot that day and may have gotten her excited). We went out to dinner, and when we came back, she did not greet us at the door as was her habit. I called her, and heard this terrible moaning from the back bedroom. She was lying on the bed like a rag doll and making this awful noise. I tried petting her, she did not purr as she normally did. She jumped down, went into the living room and lied down again and continued to moan. I packed her up and took her to the emergency vet. After their exam, they told me that she had tumors and that her gums were very pale. They said that we could try to remove the tumors, but given that she did not handle the anesthesia well (we told them) and her age, they really thought surgery to remove the tumors was not a great idea, and that they were likely cancerous anyway, and we'd have future problems, very soon. We ended up putting her down, and I am heartbroken. We had no idea that she had tumors. I have so many questions for which I have not been able to get answers. Did putting her under anesthesia play a role? I can't get past the fact that she was never right again after the anesthesia. Why didn't the vet ever find the tumors? We took her for yearly visits. I am so heartbroken, I miss her, but most importantly, I need to know what happened. Can you help me?

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Piper
Cat
3 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Blind , disoriented
Blindess unable to

Our beautiful black Maine coon cat was bitten by a dog on his back end. We did not realize till morning there was a wound that required veterinary care and stitches. It was a holiday weekend and our vet was not available. We did find a Vet that took emergency cases. It took us an hour to get our cat to the emergency vet. The cat had surgery to see her wound from the dog bite. The cat was given a long acting antibiotic and anesthetic. Something went wrong. The cat as having a really hard time recovering. The cat could not see and was very disoriented. We are devastated. It has been 4 days from surgery and there has been no change. The cat is being kept comfortable with a fentanyl patch and gabapenton narcotics.
We were told the cat may come around by it may take a week or a month. We don’t know what to do. Should we hold out and see if there is improvement or have the cat put down. He was a beautiful 3 year old and now is unable to stand or walk and his eyes are non responsive.
Does anyone have advise on an experience like this?

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Barlow
tabby
16 Weeks
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

swelling of tongue and penis.

I adopted a kitten from a shelter. Unfortunately there was a mistake in sexing the kitten and opened up the cats abdomen to perform a spay when the cat was a male. He was given Hydromorphone IM, Ketamine IM, Medetomidine IM. He was also given a local of Bupivicaine for incision line and testicular block. Maintenance anaesthetic was isoflourane. During surgery it was noted that the tongue and penis was swollen. He was put on an IV with dexamethasone until swelling resolved. He was under for 3 hours. The record says there was a short period when pressures were low but stable throughout. He has developed a lump at the base of the spay scar now and I will have to bring him to a vet if it doesn't resolve. It was suggested by a vet tech that it may just be his stitches but I don't want to wait too long. I'm very nervous now taking him to a vet to get anything done that requires sedation on anesthetic. Is there any idea which drug may have caused this reaction? Do I need to be concerned that he was under for 3 hours? Also is there any concern with opening up a male cat for a spay. Is this normal to get a lump from stitches? Thank you!

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Choco
domestic short hair
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Pain in area of condition

My kitten has swelling in his left leg- we went to the vet (4 days ago) to check if he had any broken bones in his limbs (his right arm wasn’t well), and he wasn’t so comfortable with x-rays so we gave him a bit of anasthetic, on one of his legs (I don’t remember which, probably his left)

His eating habits are the same, he’s drinking enough

He urinates, but doesn’t defecate; except for this morning where he did a little while I held his tail up for him (he can’t sit down to do it, but he can urinate by laying down in his litter box)

He was making a steady recovery from his arm injury, until yesterday- he was walking around like he would, but suddenly just collapsed like his leg just malfunctioned

He can use his arm like he did before, but his left leg is a bit tense and is swelling, and he feels pain when I touch it (very lightly pinching to feel around)

We keep him in an enclosed space so he wouldn’t try to walk up or down stairs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, I'm not sure what injury Choco actually had or what was determined was wrong with his leg. Is he on any medications? Since I can't see him, it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian for a recheck, as it sounds like he is having a setback in his recovery.

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Choco
domestic short hair
2 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling
Pain in area of condition

My kitten has swelling in his left leg- we went to the vet (4 days ago) to check if he had any broken bones in his limbs (his right arm wasn’t well), and he wasn’t so comfortable with x-rays so we gave him a bit of anasthetic, on one of his legs (I don’t remember which, probably his left)

His eating habits are the same, he’s drinking enough

He urinates, but doesn’t defecate; except for this morning where he did a little while I held his tail up for him (he can’t sit down to do it, but he can urinate by laying down in his litter box)

He was making a steady recovery from his arm injury, until yesterday- he was walking around like he would, but suddenly just collapsed like his leg just malfunctioned

He can use his arm like he did before, but his left leg is a bit tense and is swelling, and he feels pain when I touch it (very lightly pinching to feel around)

We keep him in an enclosed space so he wouldn’t try to walk up or down stairs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1611 Recommendations
From your description, I'm not sure what injury Choco actually had or what was determined was wrong with his leg. Is he on any medications? Since I can't see him, it would be best to follow up with your veterinarian for a recheck, as it sounds like he is having a setback in his recovery.

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Bailey
tabby
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puffiness

My cat had her stitches removed today along with laser therapy on her leg. I know they gave her anesthesia because she is wobbly. After I got her home I notice she is puffy under her neck. This was her 3rd visit and had anesthesia to 2 prior visits. Should I be worried about her puffy neck/chin area? It looks like a double chin

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Each time an animal is put under anaesthesia it should be a standard procedure that you sign a consent form giving permission for your Veterinarian to place Bailey under general anaesthesia. However, if Bailey is not having any difficulties breathing, you should keep an eye on her for the time being but if the swelling gets larger or breathing is affected you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cat
Maine Coon
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

pupils dilated fast pulse no coordi

My 6yp cat had dental cleaning and 1 tooth extraction earlier today and now she seems to be having a seizure. She was fine earlier (when i brought her home) - but now her pupils are dilated and she doesn't have good coordination and is agitated. Her pulse is through the roof and her breathing feels very labored and raspy. We had a cat with seizures in the past - it looks just like one one of those times

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
If your cat is displaying symptoms of seizures, unusual behaviour, respiratory difficulty or any other symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as soon as possible; there isn’t anything I can recommend for you to do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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