Heartbeat of the cat - facts and methods of measurement

Heartbeat of the cat - facts and methods of measurement


Useful information about the heartbeat of the cat © karin_averbeck / Pixelio

How can you determine the heartbeat of the facility Tigers

For the uninitiated, there are basically two methods, such as the heartbeat of the cat or the pulse (heart rate) can be determined while the vet of course, other methods are available, such as a stethoscope.

  • The first possible measurement method that you can use as a cat owner myself, is that you first touch the inner thigh of your dog. Here you palpate the pulse slowly and use it best fits your middle finger. Please make sure to use not your thumb, as you may possibly feel your own pulse.
  • If you rather want to measure directly the heart beat not only the pulse, but, this is possible by placing your fingers first on the left side of the chest of your pet. Here, the house cat should be possible. Keys to be starting at the level of the elbow to the chest forward until you can feel the heartbeat.
  • In both methods, you do not have to measure a minute, even if the measurement result is more accurate for the most part, the longer is measured. Basically, it is sufficient, for example if you measure 20 seconds and then just multiply the result by three, so you get to the pulse per minute.

What can cause a high or low pulse in the cat have?

The cat's heartbeat can be influenced by various factors. Therefore, a too low or too high frequency must not always be a sign of disease.

  • The measurement is of course only makes sense if you know in which the normal range, the pulse of your room Tigers can be located. The standard values ​​move in the velvet paws in a range between 100 and 140 beats per minute. The standard pulse is in the quadrupeds which is significantly higher than in humans. So you need not be afraid if a resting heart rate of 120, for example, is measured.
  • The heart or pulse rate is reduced or elevated in the room tigers by various external influences. So the dogs often have in excitement, stress or physical exertion, increased pulse, which can then be well over 140 beats per minute. Relatively high outside temperatures can increase the beat of the heart in frequency.
  • You should pay attention if the resting heart rate without any external influences were present, often located in multiple fairs outside the normal range. Although cardiovascular problems make more noticeable in a few cases only by an increased or decreased heart rate. Nevertheless, a change of heart beat well be a sign of disease. You should rather go once more than once too little to the vet, because only the vet can make a diagnosis.
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