Originally Posted by Sicycat
I just get concerned/worreid/scared with the whole anesthesia thing.
Anesthesia is very scarey, but it can be done safely. When Spot came into my life, he was already a senior. A few months after coming to live with me, he had to have surgery to drain an abscess. When it didn't heal, he had to have the same surgery again. During one of the surgeries, the vet also did a dental on him. Spot was a pretty old kitty, probably 13-15 years old at the time. He had hyperthyroidism and a heart murmur. He came through both surgeries without any big issues (he was a little wobbly for a few hours afterwards, but recovered by the next day). That was 1.5 years ago, and the anesthesias that are used now are even safer. Odo had two fangs pulled during a dental yesterday. He wasn't wobbly at all afterwards, and he was eating again by last night. We think Odo is about 14 years old (I adopted him in June).
Anesthesia always has risks, but they are finding safer and safer chemicals. The best way to protect your cat is to have the vet run pre-op bloodwork and make sure they are using the newer safer varieties of anesthetic, like isoflurane or sevoflurane gas and propofol. If your cat has a heart murmur, they should have an echocardiogram done to check for heart disease--cats with heart problems are more at risk than other cats during anesthesia.
Here are some links to additional information about anesthesia (and one about dental disease). I complete understand not wanting to put your cat through these procedures, but sometimes they are necessary for their health:http://www.vetdentistry.com/anesthesia.htmlhttp://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proce...C2003&PID=3672http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Con...=11&A=1607&S=2http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/dental2.html