Is there anything I should do to prepare my cat for a cat diagnostic imaging session? - Animal Hospital of Statesville

We may ask that your cat be fasted. So you should withhold food, especially if we're looking at the abdomen, because if they come in with a full stomach, it can hinder some of the organs that we're trying to look at. And sometimes you don't know. They come in for an appointment, and you add that to their treatments. We may not know to ask you ahead of time to fast your pet. Also, depending on your cat's behavior, we may need some calming medication. So we may ask you to administer that at home. Again, if we know ahead of time, that would be a way to prepare and relax your cat to have the best diagnostic images. They don't really understand "lay down on the table, be still and stretch out."