2851 W. IRVING PARK RD  CHICAGO, ILLINOIS  60618     PHONE  (773) 539-9080   FAX  (773) 478-0605

Your Cat's Surgery

Chicago's Best Feline Surgical CareCat Surgery

At Cat Hospital of Chicago, we fully understand that having your cat undergo surgery is never easy. To that end, we're happy to answer any questions regarding your cat's surgery. A pre-surgical consultation is an essential part of the process. Our medical staff is happy to provide you with information on postoperative care to ensure a rapid return to your cat's happy, healthy self.

Whether performing a routine surgery or an emergency procedure, you can be confident that the doctors and staff at Cat Hospital of Chicago will work hard to ensure each procedure is thorough, completed with the utmost expertise, and is as stress-free as possible for you and your cat.

Our Facilities

Cat Hospital of Chicago's state-of-the-art surgical suite helps ensure soft tissue surgeries are as safe and efficient as possible. Our facility has grown to more than double its original size to accommodate advances in veterinary medicine, treatment options and cat-friendliness. These advancements—combined with our expertise—greatly reduce the risk for complications and allow us to perform surgical procedures as quickly as possible using the best practice protocols.

We offer soft tissue surgeries ranging from routine spay and neuters, to the removal of cysts and lumps, urinary bladder surgery, exploratory abdominal surgery, foreign body removal, gastrointestinal surgeries, feeding tube placement, and eye or tail removal due to trauma. We now solely use gentle surgical lasers for all our surgeries, meaning no more scalpels ever!

Pre-SurgeryPre-Surgery Exam

A thorough examination is always performed before your cat undergoes any surgical procedure at Cat Hospital of Chicago. This examination includes a pre-surgical blood screen that—along with your cat's anesthetic history, preexisting conditions and age—will be used to determine a unique anesthesia protocol. This information is also used to establish a baseline for the comparison of future blood tests.


For most surgical procedures, anesthesia is required. While under anesthesia, your cat's blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level are continuously monitored by our dedicated anesthetist and our anesthetic monitors. A dedicated anesthetist is a veterinary technician whose sole responsibility is to monitor anesthesia. He or she is continuously monitoring the vital parameters of the patient, having no other responsibilities as distractions. Although this is not routine protocol in many veterinary clinics, we do not want our patients to be watched any less closely than we would our own cats or ourselves.

We utilize aggressive heat support to assist in maintaining a constant body temperature during the procedure via a circulating water pad, warmed IV fluids, warm air blanket, and booties on each paw. Following surgery, kitties recover under the direct supervision of a surgical team member in a heated recovery cage.

Cat Hospital of Chicago strictly follows state-of-the-art anesthesia protocols. By receiving regular training and consulting with board-certified veterinary anesthesiologists, we ensure our practice is always meeting the most current protocols and recommendations for anesthesia and pain management. We use only isoflurane gas anesthesia, which is considered among the safest anesthetics available in veterinary medicine.

Pain Management

Just as with humans, pain can have negative effects on cats that go beyond physical discomfort. Pain after surgery can slow healing and worsen diseases like arthritis. Because our companion friends don't understand why they are experiencing pain, pain can cause behavioral issues and interfere with the bond between you and your cat. All the veterinarians at Cat Hospital of Chicago are members of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and are trained to ensure each surgical patient is as comfortable as possible before, during and following any procedure.

Prior to any surgery, all our feline patients are pre-medicated with a gentle combination of narcotic pain relievers, muscle relaxants and sedatives. The exact protocol is tailored to each animal and depends on factors that are determined by the pre-surgery exam, your cat's health history, and the type of procedure. As the drugs go into effect, cats rest in our heated-floor cages. Once well in effect, IV fluids and anesthesia are administered. Additionally, because we know that stress can exacerbate pain while cats are hospitalized, both before and after surgery, many of our patients are also given medication to help reduce anxiety and to address any pre-existing pain for 12 to 24 hours before and after surgery.

Cats often return home with medications for pain maintenance and may also receive post-op cold laser treatment at the incision site to help reduce inflammation.

Postoperative CarePostoperative Care

The amount of time your cat will need to be monitored after surgery varies. Since cats are often frightened to be away from home, we prefer they return to their familiar environments the same day of surgery. Most procedures do not require an overnight stay. However, when the situation necessitates, we will keep post-op patients who need more time to rest and recover at our hospital overnight. We will also transfer patients who require close, overnight monitoring to the nearby 24/7 emergency hospital.

When your cat is discharged, your Cat Hospital of Chicago veterinarian will provide you with information on proper home care after surgery. Often, your cat will be prescribed medication; in this case, we will explain how and when to administer it. We will also be available to answer questions after your cat arrives home. Contact us at (773) 539-9080 with any questions or concerns following surgery and we will be more than happy to help you.

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