High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a serious medical issue cats can have, as well as people. Symptoms of high blood pressure include sudden blindness due to retinal detachment, nose bleeds, seizures, and disorientation. More subtle signs may also be shown such as a general decrease in activity level in a usually active cat, or a cat acting as though she has suddenly aged.
High blood pressure may be caused by hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and heart disease or it may have no identifiable cause. At the Atlantic Cat Hospital we can screen your cat for high blood pressure and for any underlying causes.
High blood pressure is treatable by the use of medications and by treating any accompanying conditions.