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Blood Pressure Measurement

High blood pressure is a common problem in older cats and may or may not be secondary to another disease, for example chronic kidney disease. If undiagnosed, very serious and dramatic signs can occur, such as blindness or fitting. Often there are no signs of high blood pressure to warn us, prior to the more severe, end-stage consequences.

When cats are anxious, their blood pressure rises. We may advise that your cat comes into the clinic for the day, so that several measurements can be taken, once he or she is more relaxed and acclimatised to the measuring technique.