Ever seen your pet sitting or standing with it’s head to the wall? Maybe you thought it was funny and snapped a pic because it seemed silly and cute and posted it to social media for all the oohs and ahhs. Then a few hours later you still see your pet still doing it. This behavior is called head pressing and it can be a symptom of a much more serious health condition.
What you might have though was a cute behavior of your pet is actually it’s only way of communicating such an issue, since animals can’t talk. Veterinarians say that they do this to relieve pain in their heads, kinda like an animal having a migraine. Chances are your pet isn’t drinking alcohol so there’s no way it’s a hangover.
According to wikipedia possible causes of head pressing include:
– Prosencephalon disease
– Brain tumor
– Metabolic disorder
– Infection of the nervous system
– Head trauma
These serious health problems can only be diagnosed by a trained veterinarian, so don’t let this article or other articles you read on the internet be the sole solution to your furry friend’s problem. Play it safe and consult your local veterinarian for treatment. Worst comes to worst, you find out your pet just isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and enjoys pushing it’s head into the wall. Who knows, stranger things have happened, but always clear it with a vet first.
Head pressing only refers to when your pet is stationary and keeping it’s head still and pressed into a wall or other hard surface, it should not be confused with bunting. Bunting is what cats do when they push up against your leg, body, or other objects. They do this to mark their territory and gain affection.
So next time you see a “cute” picture of someone’s pet pressing it’s head into a wall, let them know that they should bring it to the vet.