Is your Cat Agitated Due to High Blood Pressure?
Did you know, just like human beings can suffer from hypertension, so can your cat? There may be many causes for this, so it is important to identify a cat suffering from high blood pressure at its early stages. If your cat suffers from kidney disease or hyperthyroidism, it may be susceptible to hypertension. Sometimes, high feline blood pressure can be a disease on its own, with no identifiable cause.
High blood pressure can cause damage to your cat’s organs. Your cat’s eyes, kidneys, heart and brain being the most threatened by the condition. Human beings get their blood pressure checked on a periodic basis, however we do not do this for cats. As such, your cat may be suffering from hypertension, without you being aware or being able to take preventative measures. Make sure you speak to your vet about getting your cats blood pressure checked.
In the instance that your cats high blood pressure condition has reached visible symptoms, here is what they would look like:
- Eyes – your cat could be suffering from onset of blindness, and sometimes you may see visible changes inside the eye such as bleeding.
- Unexplained agitation
For timely intervention, it is essential to see your vet on an immediate basis to ensure that your cat does not develop irreversible symptoms. Your vet may do further testing to diagnose if there is an underlying condition for the cause of the symptoms of high blood pressure in your cat.
Diagnosis of cat suffering from high blood pressure
Your vet would do a thorough examination of your cat’s condition including cuffing your cat’s leg or tail to check blood pressure. Standard blood tests and urine tests are likely to be carried out. Blood pressure readings may have to be taken over a period suggested by your vet to ensure correct condition data is being fed into the diagnosis for your cat.
Treatment of high blood pressure in felines after diagnosis
If your cat is found to have developed high blood pressure due to an underlying condition, your vet’s first line of action would be to address the underlying condition. This could be conditions such as feline hyperthyroidism, kidney or heart disease amongst other causes. Where an underlying condition is a long term one, your vet may well assign lifelong medications to keep the condition in check, and thus managing your cats blood pressure.
If your cats blood pressure is too much out of the normal range, leaving no time for management of underlying condition due to immediate health risk, your vet may treat the blood pressure first, while managing the underlying condition.
Treatment of high blood pressure in felines is usually managed by oral medication and regularly monitoring blood pressure levels. Along with medication, your cat will benefit from a low sodium diet, avoiding high salt content.
If you are worried about your cat suffering from high blood pressure, do not wait to get your cat examined immediately. Call us today to book an appointment.