With its small ears folded on the front and its big eyes, the Scottish Fold has a look of plush and makes crack more than one. And if you also, you let yourself be tempted by this calm and very sociable cat breed?
Where does the Scottish Fold come from?
The Scottish Fold is not named for nothing. It is in 1961 that its history begins. A Scottish shepherd named William Ross discovered in a nearby farm a small white female cat with folded ears, surely due to a genetic mutation. Intrigued, he asked the farm couple to give him the female cat, which he named Susie. Afterwards, Susie had kittens, but many of them suffered from malformations, especially in the limbs and tail. Finally, the Scottish Fold will be crossed with its English cousin the British Shorthair to give birth to the cats that we know.
However, the breeding of this cat is still debated today, a part of the veterinary profession judging that the folded ears of the Scottish Fold cause health problems. This discrepancy does not prevent this ball of hair from conquering the hearts since the 1990s.
The character of the Scottish Fold
Of a rather discrete but never distant temperament, the Scottish Fold is nevertheless very endearing. Very cuddly, he loves to be petted and will return your love as it should be. It is a cat known for its tenderness and its softness, which is never aggressive. Also very sociable, it gets along very well with cats and other animals and can live very well in a house or an apartment.
But the Scottish Fold is a particularly sensitive cat, it has difficulty adapting to a new way of life, to changes and hates that we change its little habits. He needs the constant presence of his masters, because he can’t stand solitude. With children, the Scottish Fold is a true love, he loves to play with them.
The Scottish Fold is a great gourmet. It is necessary to supervise its food with precaution, because this cat tends to gain a lot of weight and even to become obese in case of too rich meals. The Scottish Fold often asks for food, even if it has already had its meal. You must therefore learn to manage proportions and give him kibbles bought at the veterinarian’s, because they will better cut your cat’s hunger unlike products bought in supermarkets. Finally, make sure your cat always has fresh, clean water available.
The Scottish Fold’s physique
Beyond the small round ears folded forward, the Scottish Fold has many other characteristics. It is all roundness. His head is round and wide, he has a rather wide and round nose too. Its muzzle, curved towards the inside, sometimes gives the impression that it smiles. He has good cheeks and big round eyes which are very often golden or copper colored.
The Scottish Fold is a short-haired cat that sheds very little. It will have a medium-length coat if it is the Highland variety. As for its body, the Scottish Fold is a small cat that can measure about 30 cm and weigh between 3 and 5 kilos. Its bones and muscles are well developed. Its short limbs give it a stocky look. Its legs are short and end in small round feet. His coat is often plain, but it can sometimes be striped or spotted. Although the Scottish Fold can suffer from osteochondrodysplasia, a disease that affects the cartilage and skeleton, this cat is quite healthy. It can live between 13 and 15 years.
The Scottish Fold in everyday life
The Scottish Fold is a very easy-going cat. It is necessary to feed it in a balanced way with a quality food, to play with it and to bring him affection. He doesn’t need a lot of space to blossom: a few toys and a cat tree on which he can climb, claw and sleep will make him happy. He loves family life despite his independent side.
Your Scottish Fold should be brushed once a week, paying special attention to his ears. You must clean them regularly and beware of parasites and infections. You can clean them with ear lotion and cotton, but never with a cotton swab. During the moulting period, that is to say the renewal of the coat, which takes place in autumn, but especially in spring, the brushing of your cat should be more regular, even daily. This will prevent your cat from swallowing its hair while grooming and from forming hairballs in its intestine. As with all other cats, the eyes, paws and teeth should be inspected regularly.
Now that you know all about this adorable cat, maybe you want to make it your new companion even more. But it also has a cost, count between 400 and 1 500 dollars to acquire one. When you love, you don’t count!