Head pressing in cats is a compulsive behavior that can mean a deeper problem with the animal’s nervous system. It is a different act than your cat simply pressing its head against you or your hand while you petting it.
If you notice your cat pressing its head against a wall or other object, You must consult your veterinarian immediately. Head presses in cats can be an indicator of a serious underlying condition.
Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for head press in cats.
Symptoms of head press in cats
In general, pushing the head in cats manifests as a cat pushing its head against a wall or similar solid object.
Medically, it can be a sign of a disease called prosencephalon that affects certain parts of a cat’s brain.
Since pressing the head in cats can indicate a serious illness, you may also notice the following common symptoms:
- A newly discovered tendency to go around in circles
- More vocalizations
- Problems with vision
Causes of head squeezing in cats
When it comes to the causes of head presses in cats, it usually indicates a problem with a cat’s nervous system or the cat’s brain.
Here are some possible causes of head presses in cats:
- Infectious diseases, including rabies
- Brain tumors
- Trauma to the head
- Poisoning, especially from chemicals or alcohol
- Metabolic disorders including hypoglycemia
Treatments for head presses in cats
When you take your cat to the vet to press the animal, the first exam will often involve looking over the retina and the fundus of the eye. The vet will also take a urine sample and do a blood pressure test.
In some cases, pressing the head in cats may require an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan of the cat’s brain.
Once your veterinarian gets closer to determining the root cause, it is important that you follow any medical advice or treatment regimen exactly as directed. If your cat continues to push his head against walls or objects, you will need to contact your veterinarian again and keep them updated.
Have you ever noticed your cat’s head pressing against a wall? What did your vet tell you and how did they treat it? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below!