Do you have an elderly cat?
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is common, particularly in older cats and can result in damage to blood vessels.
The blood vessels in the retina of the eye are particularly sensitive to hypertensive or high blood pressure damage, which may result in retinal detachment and sudden blindness. Affected cats appear confused and disorientated, with widely dilated pupils.
Retinal detachment is an emergency situation as blindness will become permanent unless the retina reattaches within a few days. Drugs that lower blood pressure are routinely used in the treatment of hypertension in cats.
Other diseases, for example, chronic renal failure can also lead to hypertension, meaning that a number of different tests may be required to establish the underlying cause of the increase in blood pressure.
Over recent years, the ability to measure blood pressure in cats has improved which has made the treatment of hypertension more successful. Your cat has a small cuff placed around their front leg and we measure their blood pressure in a quiet calm environment.
If you have any concerns about your cat that is over 8 years of age, we are available to answer any queries you may have.