cat head pressing

Cat Head Pressing: What You Need to Know

What is Cat Head Pressing?

Cat head pressing can be a normal marking behavior known as bunting or it can be a sign of a serious neurological problem. Learn more about the normal behavior in cats in this article What is Head Pressing in Cats?

When head pressing is abnormal, it can be a symptom of a brain disease. Below we will review symptoms of a brain problem in cats, share a list of possible diseases that can cause cat head pressing, review diagnostic tests that can help determine the underlying cause, and discuss treatment options.

Symptoms of Brain Disease in Cats

Signs of brain disorders in cats can depend on the underlying cause and the exact part of the brain affected. Signs of brain disease in cats may include any of the following:

Diseases That Can Cause Cat Head Pressing

Disorders of the cat brain can be divided into the following causes:

Diagnosis of Brain Disease or Injury in Cats

Diagnostic tests to evaluate brain injury may include various tests that may include:

Treatment of Brain Disease or Injury in Cats

Prognosis for Brain Disease or Injury in Cats

The prognosis for brain disease in cats depends on the underlying cause, severity of the clinical signs, and your cat’s response to treatment. The prognosis can vary from very good such as with some toxins to grave with conditions such as a brain tumor.

How Pet Insurance Can Help You Cover Brain Disease or Injury in Cats

Treatment for brain injuries depends on the underlying cause, other secondary or related conditions, and/or concurrent diseases. The cost of care can vary on these factors and the severity of the symptoms in your cat. For example, trauma to the brain can also result in broken limbs, skin lacerations that require additional diagnostic tests, treatments, surgery, and/or ongoing care.

Some cats with severe symptoms of illness will require hospitalization with intravenous fluids, medications to control seizures, medications to stimulate the appetite, and other symptomatic treatments as needed.

Cost of care can range from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. Because this condition can be critical, is requires ongoing care and monitoring.

The best pet insurance offers coverage that’s broad enough for whatever care your pet needs and with enough options to get the perfect coverage for you and your pet.