Hypertension in Cats – Time for a Test?

Is high blood pressure affecting your cat’s overall health?

Typically seen in senior and geriatric felines, high blood pressure is a serious disease that often occurs secondary to another diagnosis such as kidney failure or hyperthyroidism. In fact, over 60 percent of cats with renal failure and 90 percent of hyperthyroid kitties are also hypertensive.

In an article from the “Healthy Pets” site, Dr. Becker shares the devastating side effects of leaving hypertension untreated, including damage of the kidneys, the eyes, the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. The most common symptom of unchecked blood pressure will be sudden, acute blindness. Dr. Becker also covers a recent study performed at a university in Auckland, New Zealand suggests that ocular lesions associated with hypertension can be seen in kitties before clinical signs appear.

A few tips from Dr. Becker:

  • Cats diagnosed with hypertension first need to be treated for any underlying conditions – typically chronic kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. Treating the primary disease can often bring blood pressure readings back into the normal range, at least initially.
  • If your cat has hypertension, it’s important to feed a species-appropriate diet, keep her weight under control, provide appropriate supplements under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian, avoid unnecessary vaccinations, and insure your kitty’s environment and daily routine remain calm and consistent.

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