Objective—To evaluate angiotensin I and angiotensin II rapid pressor response tests in healthy cats.
Animals—6 purpose-bred sexually intact male cats.
Procedures—Telemetric blood pressure (BP) implants were placed in all cats. After 2 weeks, cats were anesthetized for challenge with exogenous angiotensin I or angiotensin II. Continuous direct arterial BP was recorded during and immediately after IV administration of boluses of angiotensin I or angiotensin II at increasing doses. Blood pressure responses were evaluated for change in systolic BP (SBP), change in diastolic BP (DBP), and rate of increase of SBP by 4 observers.
Results—Following IV angiotensin I and angiotensin II administration, transient, dose-dependent increases in BP (mean ± SEM change in SBP, 25.7 ± 5.2 and 45.0 ± 9.1; change in DBP, 23.4 ± 4.7 mm Hg and 36.4 ± 7.8 mm Hg; for 100 ng of angiotensin I/kg and angiotensin II/kg, respectively) and rate of increase of SBP were detected. At angiotensin I and II doses < 2.0 ng/kg, minimal responses were detected, with greater responses at doses ranging from 20 to 1,000 ng/kg. A significant effect of observer was not found. No adverse effects were observed.
Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—The rapid pressor response test elicited dose-dependent, transient increases in SBP and DBP. The test has potential as a means of objectively evaluating the efficacy of various modifiers of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in cats. Ranges of response values are provided for reference in future studies.