A 2-year-old 5.3-kg (11.7-lb) castrated male domestic shorthair cat was referred to the Orthopedic Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center for tendon surgery following diagnosis of deep digital flexor contracture of the right forelimb. The cat was not receiving any medications at the time of the initial evaluation.
During evaluation on the day of surgery, the cat was bright, alert, and responsive. Rectal temperature was 38.2°C (100.7°F). Heart rate was 164 beats/min. Auscultation revealed no audible murmurs or arrhythmias; respiratory rate was 44 breaths/min, and lung sounds were considered normal. The cat's right carpus and digits were
The authors thank Dr. Robert Hamlin for assistance with ECG interpretation.