Did you know that cats can suffer with high blood pressure and kidney disease?
At Pilgrims Veterinary Practice in the New Forest, we’re invested in the health and wellbeing of our feline friends. Using our in-house diagnostic facilities and laboratory, we are able to run periodic tests that will help us monitor your cat’s blood pressure and kidneys for signs of any problems or disease.
High blood pressure in cats
Just as people commonly suffer with high blood pressure, so do cats. Hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, can cause small bleeds on the brain or in the eye, and can damage the kidneys.
Studies show that 1 in 20 healthy older cats can suffer silently from high blood pressure, which can be easily managed with medication. It is recommended that all cats over the age of 7 years have their blood pressure checked at least every year to prevent serious illness.
Visit the icatcare website for information about the effects of high blood pressure in cats.
Kidney disease in cats
Kidney disease in elderly cats is also very common and usually caused by an accelerated ageing process. Early detection is key to help slow the progression of kidney disease in cats, which can cause these symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Bad breath
- A sore mouth
- Vomiting and weakness
- Twitchiness or even fits when the disease progresses
Increased drinking may be the first symptom of cat kidney disease you notice, however, changes in urine concentration and blood tests will show up the disease before any obvious signs occur. We recommend testing the urine concentration annually in elderly cats. Samples can be collected by you at home, or by us in a consultation.