Why Your Cat is Pressing Their Head on the Wall (August 2019)

Have you ever seen your cat press her head on the wall and you’re not sure why she’s doing it?

Head pressing in cats can be linked to big concerns, so if this is something you’re seeing in your cat, you need to pay attention.

It’s very different from a cat rubbing their head on you as a sign of affection.

What is Head Pressing?

Head pressing is pretty much as it sounds – a cat pressing their head on walls and other hard objects.

Unfortunately, this type of behavior can be linked to a wide variety of health problems, so it can be difficult to narrow down why your cat is doing this unless you have your vet run a number of tests.

More often that not, head pressing occurs due to nervous system damage.

Symptoms Linked to Head Pressing

Head pressing isn’t the only thing you should be looking for. There are a few other symptoms that can go hand-in-hand with head pressing:

  • Pacing and/or circling
  • Becoming more vocal than usual
  • Seizing 
  • Visible disorientation
  • Dilated pupils, blinking abnormally, and other problems with the vision

If you spot any of the symptoms listed above, bring your cat to the vet as soon as possible.

Causes of Cats Head Pressing

As I mentioned above, there are a ton of causes for head pressing in cats.

The list is a bit of a long one that can have a pretty wide range:

  • Parasitic and fungal infections
  • Poisoning from insecticides, chemicals, alcohol and other toxins
  • Side effect of anesthesia 
  • Tumors of the brain
  • Tumors elsewhere in the body
  • Hypoglycaemia and other metabolic disorders
  • Prosencephalon disease
  • Acute head trauma

Because head pressing can mean something is very, very wrong with your cat, you need to bring her to the vet as soon as you see it happen.

Head pressing, as you now know, is linked to a lot of scary problems that must be treated before it’s too late.

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