The Scottish Fold is attentive and devoted, but not a clamorous feline, making it an adorable family pet. Often confused with the American Curl, but the difference is conspicuous, the American Curl’s ear crimps upwards and back, while the Scottish Fold’s ears go forward and down, providing the feline a furry owl look. Its coat comes in various colors, patterns, and shadings, commonly short but can be long, called the Highland Fold.
Origin of the Scottish Fold Cat
Scottish Folds trace their roots from a cat spotted by a Scottish shepherd named William Ross. The cat had strange-looking ears that folded forward and down, instead of rising. William took one of the cat’s kittens and named her Susie, which soon became the new breed’s progenitor.
The folded ears were a product of a genetic mutation, which can then be passed onto the offspring if only one of the parents carries the dominant gene. Soon, these cats were developed, bringing the Scottish Folds into existence. Some of the breeds incorporated to create the breed include the Exotic Shorthairs and the American Shorthairs.
Today, the Scottish Folds are recognized by both the International Cat Association and the Cat Fanciers’ Association.
Physical Characteristics of the Scottish Fold Cat
Length: 10 to 12 inches
Weight: 9 to 13 pounds (Males), 6 to 9 pounds (Females)
Life Expectancy: 11 to 14 years
Coat Color: Black, blue, white, cream, red, silver, with different shadings and patterns
Type of Coat: Short, Long
Eye Color: Gold, green, blue-green
Scottish Folds are fairish-sized round-looking cats, with medium-boning structure. The head is round-shaped, with eyes also being round and bright. Meanwhile, legs also look round, and even the tail when compared to their length. These cats commonly sport a short coat, but a long-haired variant called the Highland Fold or Scottish Fold Longhair exists, whose fur can slightly differ to touch.
Scottish Fold Cat Personality
Scottish Folds are soft-spoken, devoted, and sweet-tempered cats that can easily adjust to new people and surroundings. While they tend to choose a particular person in the household to bond with, they will usually welcome others to pet or cuddle them.
Despite their loyalty, they will not nag for attention. These furballs will be content curling up beside their owners as they watch television. They may also be generally quiet but can communicate effectively through their chirpy voice or use their ears when they have something important to impart.
As moderately active but smart felines, they enjoy toys that stimulate both their body and minds and will be happiest to engage in activities involving their favorite human.
Lastly, besides the ears, another conspicuous thing about Scottish Folds is their habit of posing in strange positions. It shouldn’t be surprising to see them lying back while raising their paws in the air, planking on the floor, or sitting on their buns as if they are a meerkat.
Caring for the Scottish Fold Cat
Scotting Folds have a dense coat, which requires regular grooming to prevent hairballs. Once a week brushing can suffice for short-haired cats, while twice a week would do for the long-haired variants. Brushing their teeth at least weekly can help avoid periodontal disease. Meanwhile, nail trimming should be done weekly. A scratching post can also help keep their nails and paws healthy.
While their ears may seem unique, its folded or curled structure makes it hard for these cats to clean them. The owners’ responsibility is to check them weekly for any signs of mites, infection, or irritation. The usage of cotton swabs is not advisable as it can easily damage the ear’s inner structures. Instead, a soft, damp cloth must be used to clear their ears from dirt or any debris.
Scottish Folds are good eaters but are moderately active. They can quickly become obese, which is why both nutrition ary control and getting exercise is critical. Ample time for good games of fetch can help stimulate their body. Cat trees and high perches are also suitable investments to provide them climbing opportunities and keep their body moving.
When it comes to health, Scottish Folds are generally healthy but are vulnerable to generative joint disease. It is a condition that usually affects the tail, causing pain and less mobility. Regular vet consultations can help detect any condition and help these fur balls live a long, healthy life.
Scottish Folds are ideal for owners looking for a devoted feline that is not nagging for attention but can provide pure affection. And, with their conspicuous cute ears and odd but charming habits, they will be adorable companions to any home.