Scottish Fold Cats

Scottish Fold Cat History

Scottish Fold cats originated in Scotland, and they can all trace their ancestry back to a white colored barn cat named Susie who had folded ears and worked as a mouser. Over time, it was determined that the gene mutation for the ear fold was dominant, meaning that if one parent passed on a gene for straight ears and the other a gene for folded ears, the resulting kitten would have folded ears.

There is nothing a Scottish Fold likes better than to be with their people, participating in whatever they are doing. This breed is sensitive and expressive in their daily lives. They are highly active, love to play and are not prefer a companion (even another cat) to keep them company. Providing the Scottish Fold the attention they desire will result in the development of a long-lasting relationship with your family.

Scottish Fold Cat Care Facts

With wide open eyes looking out at the world with a sweet expression and the way their small ears fit like a cap over their rounded head, they are often described as resembling an owl...

  • Fold kittens are born with straight ears, which may or may not fold when they are about three weeks old.
  • Longhaired Fold's may need to be groomed a couple of times a week to ensure that tangles don't develop.
  • Check the ears weekly, especially if they are tightly folded.
  • Brush teeth weekly.

Scottish Fold Health Issues

Pedigreed and mixed breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. While not predictable in nature, problems that may affect the Scottish Fold include the following...

  • Degenerative joint disease in the tail, ankle and knee joints
  • An enlarged heart (Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) has been seen but not proven to be a heritable form of the disease
Scottish Fold Cat Overview

Scottish Fold Characteristics

  • Affection Level High
  • Friendliness High
  • Kid-Friendly High
  • Pet-Friendly High
  • Exercise Needs Medium
  • Playfulness High
  • Energy Level Medium
  • Intelligence High
  • Tendency to Vocalize Medium
  • Amount of Shedding Medium/High

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