There are many modifications that can be made to the practice, waiting room and cat ward that can ensure the cat is treated in an optimum environment and that may also minimize stress and fear that a visit to the vet may initiate. Advice and training for both owners and staff in aspects of feline behavior will help with both transporting the cat to the practice and improving owner satisfaction. Cats can be fastidious eaters, thus stress and pain following surgery can contribute to a reluctance to eat. In anticipation of postoperative anorexia, it can be sensible to place a feeding tube, and the types of tube to use and where and how to place the tube are described in a chapter on feeding tubes.
Investigating feline diseases both preoperatively and postoperatively will often require diagnostic imaging, including radiology and ultrasound or more advanced imaging such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. The more advanced imaging techniques may be particularly useful for obtaining information on metastasis and invasiveness of tumors, which can be very helpful in deciding whether surgery is indicated or planning for large surgical resections. Endoscopy is increasingly used to investigate conditions of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary tracts. The specific equipment required for this procedure, including the appropriate sizes to use in the cat, is described in a separate chapter.
The remaining chapters in Part 2 cover the indications and practical use of sutures, implants, instruments, and surgical drains that could be valuable in feline general surgery.