It's a typical day at home and nothing is unusual. Your beloved pet sits in the living room and relaxes. But if you take a closer look at your pet, you will notice that it is pressing its head against something.
That could be the arm of a couch, a wall, a door. It seems innocent enough, but they start doing it more often. Instead of brushing this off, alarms should be triggered in your head.
Because it's a sign of early stages of a variety of pet problems.
As a pet owner, it is important that we keep an eye on our little furry friends. This is one of the ways to fix problems like head pressure. But all of this is easier said than done.
For example, it is difficult to measure the behavior of certain animals over the course of a day. Head presses are pretty obvious, but there may be other subtle signs of other problems slipping under the radar.
Understanding this need for our pets to grow as households continue to introduce pets into their families. To give you an idea of the growth rate that American Pet Products Association (APPA) The study found that 56 percent of homeowners had at least one animal.
About three decades later, the same study was conducted in 2019 and found that 67 percent of households owned a pet. Of course, cats and dogs were at the top of the list, but it is these animals – among goats, horses and cows – that exercise this special habit of head-pressing.
So what can we do about it? Going to the vet would help, but there are other things to consider.
First recognize head bunting
We said head presses were difficult and certainly also. When you look at cats, you will find that they make a habit of bumping their head or neck against furniture. Sometimes they do this by force.
These special actions are fine, but don't confuse them with head presses. First of all, the action described above is a so-called head flag.
Cats do this all the time because it's their way of creating a common scent. Cats recognize each other first of all by the smell and overall they are in a relaxed state.
Head bunting is also a way for cats to make you "one of them." The head flag is a way for them to rub their smell into you. This also makes sense if you consider that cat flags are a way of marking their territory in a certain sense.
We say in a sense because it's more about showing affection than marking territory.
Second, they behave in a certain way
While that can be said about head bunting, the same can be said about head presses. Both display specific patterns, but both are very different.
When it comes to pressing the head, the cat or dog usually goes to a specific place. This point can be a wall, a door, or the floor itself. In any case, your pet will take a position.
Behavior begins to change over time. Cats express excessive voice irritability. Her face will wince and her head will pound.
In dogs, they dig their foreheads into the surface and react similarly to cats.
Third, you recognize other symptoms
Head presses are the early stages of serious neurological diseases in animals. Therefore, you want to seek treatment immediately. However, there are other signs that you can see.
- You can go up and down.
- This, in turn, leads to problems with the feet as they are constantly walking.
- Seizures can also occur in extreme circumstances. A decrease in eyesight and major changes in behavior are some others.
Cats will experience similar behaviors.
But one of the solutions lies in these symptoms. And it also explains why they need veterinary attention.