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High Blood Pressure in Cats – Feline Hypertension – Pet tip 238

Although any cat can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) it is most commonly seen in middle aged or senior cats. In case we have forgotten what blood pressure means, blood pressure refers to the force (pressure) of circulating blood against the walls of blood vessels; the higher the force, the greater the amount of stress that’s put on the heart to move the blood. This can cause the heart muscles to enlarge, get thicker, and weaken thereby reducing life expectancy. It’s one of the vital signs used to measure the overall health of many animals including humans.

Delia Hoelscher
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Coco is a senior citizen to say the least. He will be 24 in January of 2005 and is still going strong. I did however think that I was losing him a couple of days ago when he became very despondent, began vomiting and then stopped eating. Upon observation at the animal clinic, he was discovered to have a severe urinary tract infection (thank goodness not his kidneys like I feared) and is currently on antibiotics which he is responding to favorably. He's just not ready to leave me yet!!!
When Coco was a kitten he was given to me by a lady who got him for her grandmother for companionship. Apparently he was too much for her to handle and was offered to me... I had another young Siamese at the time and she wanted NOTHING to do with him. Nonetheless, he did for her, and that's all that mattered. I lost my female, Fina, when she was almost 19 years old, a loss that will always remain heavy in my heart. Coco lives on and has made a huge impact on my life. I truly can't imagine what it would have been like without him by my side all these years, but I do thank God for all those wonderful years he's given me. For anyone who's ever had the pleasure of raising a Siamese, it's an experience like no other. The breed can be extremely unpredictable, demanding, but even moreso loving- unconditionally. I will cherish the remaining time I have with him and when the time does come for him to leave me, his memory will have impacted my life permanently and my love will go with him.

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