Due to their original appearance, representatives of Scottish fold breed are very popular among cat lovers around the world. A noble disposition and natural playfulness, self-esteem and sincere affection for home and owners create a unique image that distinguishes the Scottish Fold cat from other breeds.
Breed name: Scottish Fold cat
Country of origin: UK, Scotland
Breed origin: 1961
Weight: 4-7 kg
Life span: 12-15 years
-Representatives of the Scottish Fold breed can undoubtedly be attributed to the most problem-free in terms of home maintenance and care. They are surprisingly quick-witted and friendly.
-Among the features of behavior, one can note the love inherent only in this breed from time to time to become a column, taking the “pose of a meerkat.” Animals do this not for fun, but in order to relax the spine.
-Surprisingly for felines, almost all Fold Scots do not really like height, so you don’t have to remove your pet from curtains or mezzanines.
-As true representatives of foggy Albion, representatives of this breed are very fond of society, but they cannot be called intrusive.
-They are playful and trainable. There will definitely not be any problems with training the animal to the litter box – all cats of this breed are extremely clean.
Characteristics of the breed
Need for care: Average
Friendliness: Very friendly
The appearance of the Scottish Fold cat
The appearance of a Scottish Fold cat must fully comply with all the requirements of the general breed standard.
Rounded, with a strong chin, thick round cheeks and a high forehead. The chin is massive and strong. Sagging cheeks are likely for adult cats. The nose of the Scottish Fold should be wide and short.
Small to medium in size with slightly pointed tips. Set wide on the head. Fold forward and down. A special requirement is folded and pressed; they must fit into the contour of the head, without protruding beyond its borders.
Widely spaced and round, large in size. An important point is that the color of the eyes must match the general color of the animal.
Scottish folds are characterized by a rather short muscular neck.
Torso and limbs
Scottish Fold cats have a medium-sized body, muscular and strong. Well-developed shoulders and chest are clearly defined. The limbs are of medium length and well muscled. Feet are small and round.
Medium to long in size. At the base, it is wide enough, gradually tapering to a rounded tip- agile and flexible.
The cover is dense and elastic. Due to its high density, it does not adhere to the body of the animal, and it looks fluffy.
Scottish Fold can have a wide variety of coat tones. The breed standard does not impose any specific requirements in this matter.
The variety of colors is one of the features that distinguish Scottish Folds from other breeds of cats, and certain requirements for matching the general range are imposed on each representative of the breed.
Scottish Folds are medium-sized cats. The weight of the female is from 3.5 to 4.5 kg, the males are larger – up to 6 kilograms.
Scottish Fold cat personality
Everyone knows the statement that the dog becomes attached to the owner, and the cat – to the place. In the case of Scottish Fold, both theses will be absolutely relevant and true.
The starting point for understanding the characteristics of the character of the animal will be the fact that from the very beginning of the birth of the breed, Scottish Fold cats were bred and kept in exclusively domestic conditions. Scottish Folds are typical couch potatoes that feel great even in city apartments, although periodic walks in the fresh air will in no way harm your pet.
When purchasing a Scottish Fold cat, you should take into account that representatives of this breed are very affectionate and sensitive. They can be unsettled not only by the rearrangement of furniture in the house, which, by the way, is not liked by cats of any breeds, but also by the long absence of the owner. Loneliness for a Scottish Fold is worse than physical pain. The animal may even become depressed. Kittens and young animals are especially vulnerable in this sense. The possibility of constant positive communication with a person is simply necessary for them.
A calm, balanced, even somewhat phlegmatic character is inherent in almost all representatives of this breed. They are very affectionate and patient. Cases of aggressive behavior are so rare that many, seeing how Scottish fold refuses to go into conflict, think that it is simply afraid. This is not true. The Scotsman is a true gentleman (or lady), and prefers the secular solution to the problem – ignore the ill-mannered bully, be it an animal or a person. If Scottish fold gets into a difficult situation, then you can be sure that it will be able to stand up for itself.
The Scottish Fold cat is perfect for families with small children. The Scotsman will never release its claws, trying to avoid obsessive harassment from your child, but will prefer to retire aristocratically. Almost always it will find a common language with other pets, although with dogs and rodents some tension in the relationship will be traced. Many people note with surprise that the seeming passivity and ostentatious slowness in no way interfere with the sometimes very vivid manifestation of the hunting instinct. Appearance can be deceiving, and even a cat, whose favorite place is a cushion or the owner’s knees, will never refuse to stretch out in the “sports corner” that you build for it in the house.
Another interesting character trait of Scottish Fold is its amazing practicality for animals. Although in this case we are not even talking about character traits, but about intelligence. The cat has never and nowhere been considered a stupid animal, but all the owners of folds note their amazing ability to differentiate information received from the outside and use only that which will be beneficial to them and can be useful in life. The mechanism of such selectivity from the point of view of human logic is difficult to explain, and not so necessary. Thanks to this feature, Scottish Folds are very well trained and brought up, it is only important to find a common language with them.
By the way, about the language, the Scottish fold is often called a cat without a voice. This is not entirely fair. It’s just that the sounds that these animals make really do not resemble a cat’s meow and are somewhat squeaky, but is this a disadvantage?
The Scots are graceful and beautiful, therefore they are rightfully considered an adornment of any home. They are very playful, especially young ones, adults are distinguished by sedateness, equanimity and aristocracy. And the ability to stand “in a column” or sleep on your back, a touching “owl” face made Scottish folds heroes of numerous photo sessions.
It doesn’t matter if you live alone or you have a big friendly family – the Scottish Fold cat will always look harmonious in your home. Attention, a kind word and a desire to understand the pet are the main components of long-term friendship.
Scottish Fold health and disease
Scottish Fold cats have good health. There are known examples when representatives of this breed survived to the age of 15 years or more. Only the musculoskeletal system requires special attention. Because hanging ears are the result of a mutation affecting cartilage tissue, joints are also at risk. As a result, the likelihood of the occurrence and development of arthritic phenomena is present. Important preventive measures to prevent such problems are a balanced diet with the addition of essential vitamins and weight control.
Diseases of the heart and kidneys that occur in Scottish Folds have nothing to do with the Fd gene. Moreover, statistics show that these diseases are characteristic of a large number of breeds, and the Scottish Fold is definitely not the leader in this list.
Timely vaccination remains an important condition for maintaining animal health. Follow the vaccination schedule exactly, and visit your veterinarian for any symptoms of your cat’s illness, then you can avoid most of the problems.
How to choose a kitten
Everyone knows that the problem of choice is not easy in itself. And if you choose a Scottish Fold cat as your pet, you need to approach the issue very responsibly.
Firstly, you can take a kitten from the mother no earlier than the age of 11-13 weeks. This time is quite enough so that, on the one hand, the kitten can receive all vital antibodies and useful substances with milk, and on the other, it is enough to adapt to independent life (eat a variety of food, go to the tray.etc). It is also very important that by this time an experienced and responsible breeder has already given the kittens their first vaccinations. If you want to make a choice before the specified time, then you can always agree on the bride with the owner of the mother cat.
Secondly, it is very important to remember that characteristic lop-earedness is the result of a gene mutation, in order to prevent the negative consequences of which one of the parents must necessarily be a straight. Compliance with this mating rule can only be guaranteed by professional breeders or specialized breeding nurseries. Buying a hangover from the market or from random people is absolutely unacceptable.
You have come for a kitten. What should you pay attention to?
-Baby’s tail. The Fd mutation gene, which leads to lop-earedness, has its effect on the cartilaginous tissue of other parts of the body, so the tail of a healthy kitten from the “right” parents should be flexible enough, active, without visible wrinkles and thickenings.
-Little Scottish fold behavior. Better to get a kitten that is self-confident, active and curious. You should not hope that a frightened animal that does not go into your arms and huddles in a corner will adapt well and quickly in your house, even if you are persistently convinced of this.
-Do not disdain to look under the tail of the animal – it should be dry and clean. Absence of odor from the mouth, discharge from the ears and eyes are signs of a healthy baby.
-Look at the parents of the kittens, find out in what conditions the animals are kept.
-Taking your baby home, do not hesitate to ask the breeder all your questions. And there are a lot of them: what feed the kittens, where and when to get vaccinated, what are the main points to consider in caring for your little pet. The information received will help you to properly organize the process of getting your baby used to your home and make it as painless and comfortable as possible for both parties.