Re: "boxing down" cats
- Yay for the appt with the cardiologist. Yikes for the gas! All patients undergoing anesthesia should have an IV catheter and be properly sedated. "Gassing" cats involves holding a plastic mask over their face or putting them in a plexi-glass box and pumping gas into it. Cats generally find this frightening, which is understandable. "Not letting them do the gas" probably means the cats freak out so much they injure themselves. I don't want to rock the boat here but there are very, very few situations in which gas is the only option and although it was once considered quite safe, it has seriously fallen out of favor in the past few years.
Here's a site with some references: http://vettechs.blogspot.com/2005/07/masking-down-safer-way-to-anesthetize.html