If your cat is showing signs of high blood pressure, is a senior cat, has chronic renal failure (kidney disease), hyperthyroidism or heart disease there is an increased chance they will also suffer from hypertension. In any of these cases your veterinarian may recommend a blood pressure test.
Similar to humans blood pressure is measured with a device that can detect blood flow in arteries. Obviously, cats have very small arteries when compared to those of humans and consequently we use specific equipment designed for pets.
The test itself is pain free and non invasive and involves placing an inflatable cuff around a cat’s leg or tail and taking a series of readings. For the best result it is ideal to perform the test whilst your cat is as quiet and comfortable as possible. For most, this can be done whilst they are awake and it only takes a few minutes.