I realized that to be a writer, I had to have the courage to be read as well as write honestly – Julia Alvarez
Cats who can’t figure out walls [x]
PLEASE TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IF YOU SEE THEM DOING THIS BEHAVIOR OVER TIME.
It’s called “head pressing” and it occurs in dogs and cats.
Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamusparts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/toxoplasmosis.cfm (head pressing is listed as a symptom)
http://sevneurology.com/patients/clip-multilobular-osteochondroma (About a dog’s brain tumor but head pressing is listed as a symptom)
I wasn’t going to reblog this until I read the important caption dang thank you!!!
I’ve always wanted to be a twin. When I was a kid I had dreams about having a long lost twin. I’m a Gemini rising, to boot. Lots of twins are Geminis. There has to be a connection, right? Anyway, so many years later I watched this documentary (I forgot what it was called only that it was about babies) and it said that oftentimes twins may be conceived but as they are developing in their early stages one “twin” absorbs and basically feeds off the other for nutrients. O_O Many twins are also left-handed and chances are if you are left-handed chances are you were probably the stronger twin that cannibalized your womb-mate. Guess who’s left-handed? That’s right, moi. So now I’m thinking “okay it’s highly possible I was meant to be a twin, only I ate her to survive.” Damn.
We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.