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Why You Should Never Ignore this Unusual Cat Behavior

Cats are known for plenty of quirky behaviors, but there is one behavior that could potentially be a sign of something serious. One such behavior is known as head pressing, in which a cat deliberately presses their head against a wall or object in the room. While this may seem like a harmless sleeping position, head pressing in cats is often a dangerous sign of many potentially serious health conditions. As a well-informed cat parent, consider the many reasons why you should never ignore this unusual behavior of your cat.


As a well-informed cat parent, consider the many reasons why you should never ignore this unusual behavior of your cat.

Head Pressing May be Indicative of Several Serious Conditions

Unlike affectionate, cuddle-like head pressing is when a cat deliberately presses their head against an object such as a wall. This behavior in cats is often a dangerous sign of several potentially serious health conditions, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Brain Tumor
  • Fungal, Viral, or Bacterial Infections
  • Exposure to Toxins
  • Liver Failure

No matter what you suspect the cause to be, it is crucial that you take your cat to the vet as soon as possible if they are exhibiting this behavior.  

Additional Symptoms to Recognize

In addition to the dangerous symptom of head pressing, many other additional symptoms may occur in your cat as well. Symptoms such as pacing or noticeable issues with their vision may also indicate a serious issue along accompanied by head pressing. Head pressing may also lead to additional indirect symptoms such as face injuries from prolonged pressing against hard objects. With this, it is crucial to take your cat to the vet as soon as you notice these symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you notice this behavior with your cat, it is crucial to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. This will allow the vet to properly examine and diagnose the cause for head pressing, as well as additional symptoms that may have occurred as a result. It is also essential to note that head pressing, as well as the potentially serious causes, can occur with a cat of any age and breed.

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