Cats get high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, just like people do. In cats, hypertension is usually seen associated with kidney disease or hyperthyroidism. Left untreated, hypertension in cats can cause blindness, heart disease, or strokes.
We measure blood pressure with a special Doppler ultrasound blood pressure monitor (somewhat similar to what they use to check people’s carotid arteries) and a blood pressure cuff. We sometimes have to shave a small place above the foot or on the tail to apply the device.
|Calm, relaxed||BP 140|
|Normal nervous||BP 140-160|
|Borderline hypertensive||BP 160-180|
|Hypertensive cat||BP 180 +|