It can be quite hard to tell if your cat is ill because our notoriously independent furry friends tend to mask their symptoms. Cats may also hide when they’re not feeling well. That’s one trait they may have inherited from their big cat ancestors who need to lay low to avoid predators when they’re not feeling well. However, many health problems are best treated when they’re caught early, which means you are your cat‘s most important health care provider. Sometimes our cats may act a bit weird by pressing their heads against a wall. Head pressing is an odd condition and habit indeed which any cat can develop and it’s when they start to press their heads against things for no apparent reason.
Head pressing is usually characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. A cat will press its heads up against something, unrelaxed. Every cat owner in the world should know his cat’s behavior and when to have cause for concern.
This behavior generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, which includes prosencephalon disease (in which the fore-brain and thalamus parts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.
Other causes of head pressing may include: Hydrocephalus (water on the brain), tumors in the brain, strokes or vascular accidents in the brain, head trauma, inflammatory and infectious types of meningitis and encephalitis, not to mention any kind of trauma to the head or brain can potentially cause head pressing.
When cats are sleeping relaxed, there is likely no cause for any concern. If they are awake and sitting or standing with their head pressed against a wall (or other object) then your pet MUST see a vet asap.