If your pet presses its head against a wall, floor or other objects, do not ignore this behavior, which is called head pressing! If a pet does that, it is a potential sign that they are unwell and immediately need to be taken to a veterinarian.

Your pet can even have a dangerous medical condition if it is pressing his head for no apparent reason.

In general, "head Pressing" indicates damage to the nervous system or a neurological condition. If you notice head pressing by your pet, you should take it to a Vet ASAP.

The causes of head pressing behavior include: 

  • Prosencephalon disease
  • Brain or skull Tumors
  • Liver shunt
  • Toxic poisoning
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Stroke
  • Encephalitis
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Infection of the nervous system
  • Head trauma  

Behaviors and symptoms include: 

  • Constant pacing
  • Walking in circles
  • Face rubbing
  • Getting stuck in corners
  • Staring at walls
  • Damaged reflexes
  • Visual problems
  • Seizures 

One should not confuse head pressing with normal behaviors of a dog or cat. Sometimes pets affectionately press their head against their owners or family members.


By recognizing head pressing and acting actively you can save the life of your pet. Do share this useful information with your friends.

Author: Sapna Rana
Member since  January 2013
Sapna Rana has been a pet enthusiast since childhood and she has a heart of gold when it comes to these furry kiddies. She takes care of all the stray dogs in her neighbourhood and ensures they are vaccinated on time to prevent any biting mishaps. She has been a writer and an editor since 2009, specializing in health, nutrition, gardening and outdoor living. Her articles reverberate of the unsung emotions of the pets. Her prime focus revolves around making people aware of animal issues like health, training and grooming and understanding their psyche.

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