It is possible to get an accurate BP reading at the vet's office. My Minnie had a first blood pressure reading of 225. The vet techs insisted on doing it in the back room, even though I told them she is too shy and scared to get an accurate reading. The vet said there is no way that a cat's BP can go as high as 225 just from fear and put her on amlodipine. I didn't feel right about it, but I gave it to her. Within days, Minnie was a lethargic lump and I KNEW the amlodipine made her BP too low.
Thankfully my vet agreed to take Minnie off the meds and redo her BP. This time the vet gave me 15 minutes to sit with Minnie in a room with the lights dimmed. I petted and talked soothingly to her and she started to purr. By the time the vet techs came in, she was much more relaxed. I kept petting her head and talking to her while they did the readings. They did 5 readings, threw out the highest and lowest and averaged the other three which turned out to be 130. We do her BP this way every time and it has always been normal.
Your vet should understand you cannot get accurate BP readings from a scared, stressed kitty.
btw-I always stay in the room whenever they draw blood, take urine, etc. There is no reason an owner cannot see what is being done to ther cat.
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> Hi. This topic is of particular interest to me. My cat has a heart murmur that my vet doesn't feel is of any significance. He has had it for 10 years. I asked for a BP check and it was between 185-225. He was put on amlodipine. At the next check it was okay but the check after that back up to 200-220. His too increased with each reading. His med was upped to 1/2 and the next reading was 185 average. My cat has pancreatitis and is very timid and shy. He hides from me even since starting medication for his illness. I believe his high BP is white coat syndrome but my vet feels otherwise. I haven't been back for another check in 6 weeks because I don't want to add medication if I am right. I don't know how to get an accurate reading in a cat that is either ill and/or shy. I question if a reading at home if done by anyone but me would be accurate given his being so timid. I'd love to hear what others think about this. My cat's fundic was normal each time.
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