Type of coat: short-haired and long-haired
Country of origin: Scotland
Scottish Fold cats come in several types: folded ears (usually called folds) and straight ears (straights), as well as the long-haired and short-haired. This breed ears are folded down because of a natural mutation of the cartilage in their body.
Personality of Scottish Fold cats
Scottish Folds make great household pets – they are adorable, playful and cuddly, and adapt quickly to new environments, people and pets. Scottish Fold cats are very loyal and tend to build a very close relationship with one person in the family, after which they will follow them from room to room. They require attention from their owner. Scottish Folds are very affectionate – they will often lie down next to you, sometimes even on you. This breed only gives voice only when he wants to say something very important, for example, “feed me”, but even then their voice is typically not very loud. Scottish Fold cats easily adapt to any situation at home and feel comfortable in a room full of noisy children and dogs, as well as in an apartment with one person. You, as a rule do not need to worry that your pet will climb on curtains or break anything in your house. However, Scottish folds love to play, especially as kittens. Still, Scottish Folds can feel lonely if you do not see them for long periods of time, so make sure to have someone keep them company.
Health Problems of a Scottish Fold cat
The gene responsible for the unusual shape of the folded ears that many Scottish Fold cats get can also be responsible for hereditary skeletal problems in this breed. The most common one is called osteodystrophy. If the cat gets this disease, the cat may limp and have difficulty walking or jumping. The cat’s bones might also be soft to touch. However, the only way for a cat to receive this disease is by having both parents of the cat have the gene that is responsible for the natural mutation of the cat’s cartilage. In addition to it being very dangerous for the cat, it is also against the law to do this.
Caring for your Scottish Fold cat
Short-haired Scottish Fold require minimal grooming. Still, they have a very dense coat, which should be combed once a week to remove dead hairs. Longhaired Scottish Fold cat requires more attention to its hair, because their hair is prone to shedding. Because of this, Long haired Scottish Folds should be groomed twice a week. Their folded ears are also prone to excessive formation of ear wax, so ear cleaning is a necessary procedure for both long-haired and short-haired Scottish Fold cats.
This description is simply typical of the breed; the information does not always coincide with the characteristics of a particular cat of this breed!