Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery

While the practice of feline general and oncologic surgery has developed greatly in recent years, the option of referral for some cat owners is not always a viable one. The increasing requirement for the general veterinarian to be competent in performing feline surgery has not, however, been supported by a dedicated text on the subject. Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery PDF assembles an international team of editors and contributors to present the first comprehensive resource devoted solely to all aspects of soft-tissue surgeries in the cat. Techniques are covered in a practical and detailed ‘how to’ manner and range from the common to the more specialized, ensuring the widest possible appeal.

The book divides into several sections, initially considering the general approach to the feline surgery patient and then proceeding to detailed coverage of surgery by anatomic location. Part 1 deals with the basics of feline anesthesia, analgesia, preoperative and postoperative care of the patient, surgical instrumentation and surgical principles for oncology cases. Part 2 covers surgical techniques of general and oncological feline diseases and injuries, which are explained as step-by-step methods with many specially prepared schematic illustrations specific to the cat. Emphasis is on presenting both classical methods and new techniques.

Feline Soft Tissue and General Surgery is the perfect sister-text to Feline Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Disease, also published by Elsevier. Together they comprise a comprehensive and complete literature giving practial coverage of all possible surgical procedures in the cat.

About The Author

Sorrel Langley-Hobbs

Professor of Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery School of Veterinary Sciences University of Bristol

Jackie Demetriou

Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery, The Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge, UK

Jane Ladlow

Table of Contents


The pre- and post-operative patient.

Pre-operative assessment for surgery.

Analgesia for soft-tissue cases.

Anaesthesia for soft-tissue cases.

Imaging for soft-tissue disease.

Blood transfusion in cats.

Post-operative nursing.

Nutrition for the surgical patient.

Pre-, intra- and post-operative complications.


Surgical equipment and implants. Instrumentation for feline general surgery. Suturing, sutures and general surgical implants. Surgical drains.


Principles of oncological surgery.

Surgical therapy for tumours.

Radiation for feline neoplasia.



Skin and adnexa.

Wound management.

Axillary wounds.

Skin grafts and flaps.

Feline mammary glands.

Injection site sarcomas.


The abdomen.

Exploratory celiotomy.

Laparoscopic surgery.

Abdominal wall and ruptures.

Peritoneum and peritoneal cavity.



Small intestines.

Large intestine, rectum and anus.

Liver and biliary system.

Portosystemic shunts.



Adrenal gland.

Kidney and ureter.

Bladder. Male urethra. Male reproductive tract.

Female reproductive tract.


The thorax.


Thorascopic surgery.

Thoracic wall.

Pleura and pleural space.

Diaphragmatic rupture and hernias.

Trachea and bronchus.


Cardiac and vascular surgery.


Head and neck.

Tongue, Lips, cheeks, chin, tonsils, pharynx and salivary glands.

Ear surgery.

Eyelid and periorbital surgery.

Nose, nasal passage and sinuses.




Thyroid and parathyroid.

Mandibulectomy and maxillectomy.


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