Are you the proud owner of a Scottish Fold or considering of adding one to your family? This article will tell you everything you need to know about this remarkable domestic cat breed.
The Scottish Fold breed is of course of Scottish ancestry. It all started somewhere in Scotland, 1961. Two farmers took notice of a very special domestic cat in their neighbour’s farm; what made her stand out were her folded ears. The cat, Susie, was the founder of what we know today as the Scottish Fold breed. After years of breeding Scottish Folds have now become one the most popular cat breeds.
Scottish Folds are muscular, medium sized cats with males weighing 9-13 pounds and females 6-9 pounds. They have an overall “rounded” appearance. Their heads are round from all angles. Their eyes are big, round and spaced, giving the Folds a very sweet expression. Their ears, their most prominent feature, can range from being completely straight to having multiple folds. They are folded forward and down; some cats may even have triple folded ears which lie flat on their heads and give them an owl like appearance. Even their whisker pads are rounded, sometimes giving the impression that these cats are smiling. Scottish Folds come in both shorthaired and longhaired coats. Longhaired ones are also called Highland Folds. Their coats are thick and come in all colour combinations. Folds do not come in pointed colours.
Scottish Folds are a delight to have around the house. They are gentle natured cats, affectionate and friendly. They get along both with children and other pets. Although they love their owners, they would rather lie somewhere near them than on their laps. They are famous for lying flat on their backs, relaxing or sleeping. They have chirpy voices but are not very vocal.
Taking care of your Scottish Fold
When properly cared for, Scottish Folds can live on average15 years. They tend to gain weight easily so owners should consult the vet before forming their cats’ diet plan. Many Folds have delicate ears that need to be cleaned regularly in order to avoid ear mite infections. Some breed specific health issues include kidney and heart problems, so Scottish Folds should be regularly taken to the vet for check-ups. Also, when two Scottish Folds mate, the kittens are usually born with serious health problems so it is best if breeding takes place between a Scottish Fold and a straight eared domestic cat.