Feline High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common problem in people and is now recognized as a common condition in older cats.
It is commonly found as a complication of other medical conditions (so-called “secondary hypertension”) but can be a primary issue seen in cats. The most common cause of secondary hypertension in cats is chronic kidney disease but other diseases like hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland) can also cause it in cats too.
Hypertension is damaging to the body. The effects are most serious in organs like:
The time to diagnose high blood pressure is before damage is done. To detect hypertension early, and because it is more common in older cats, regular blood pressure checks are recommended in cats from 7 years of age. Initially we may just recommend it yearly but as cats get older, these should ideally be done twice a year.