VIA| If you’ve seen photos of cats and dogs pressing their heads up against the wall, you’ve probably thought, “Oh! How cute!”
But the truth is far scarier than you’d think. While you might assume it’s just a way for your animal to express their stress or scratch their scalp, you’d be wrong.
Don’t stop to take a photo of this seemingly cute move. Instead rush your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
So if it’s not to get some attention for being cute, why is your furry friend pressing their head up against the wall?
As an article on Playbuzz explains, “head pressing” happens when your pet stands close to the wall or another hard surface and presses their head up against it.
Unfortunately, when pets do this, it usually signifies they have a neurological illness.
Head pressing might be a symptom of:
- Head trauma
- Water on the brain (hydrocephalus)
- Brain tumor
- Infection or inflammatory types of meningitis and encephalitis
Your animal must be rushed to the veterinarian as soon as you notice them pressing their head against a hard surface. You’ll also want to watch out for other symptoms like visual impairment, seizures, walking in circles, anxious or aimless pacing, or irregular reflexes.
Although head pressing might appear to be “cute,” you must take it seriously as a symptom of a neurological disease.