With its small ears folded over the front (fold means “to fold” in English) and its big eyes, the Scottish Fold looks plush and makes more than one crack. What if you too let yourself be tempted by this calm and very sociable breed of cat?
Where does the Scottish Fold come from?
The Scottish Fold does not bear his name for nothing. It was in 1961 that its story began. A Scottish Shepherd named William Ross discovers a little white cat with folded ears on a nearby farm, possibly due to a genetic mutation. Intrigued, he asks the couple of farmers to give him this cat he named Susie. Subsequently, Susie had kittens, but many suffered from deformities including limbs and tails. Eventually, the Scottish Fold will be crossed with its English cousin the British Shorthair to give birth to the cats we know.
However the breeding of this cat is still debated today, a part of the veterinary body judging that the folded ears of the Scottish Fold cause him health problems. This divergence did not prevent this furry ball from conquering the hearts of the French from the 1990s.
The character of the Scottish Fold
With a rather discreet but never distant temperament, the Scottish Fold is not very endearing to say the least. Very cuddly, he loves hugs and will know how to return your love to you as it should. It is a cat known for its tenderness and gentleness, which is never aggressive. Also very sociable, he gets along very well with cats and other animals and he can live very well in house as in apartment.
But the Scottish Fold is a cat particularly sensitive, he has trouble adapting to a new way of life, to changes and hates that we change his little habits. He needs the constant presence of his masters, because he does not support loneliness. With children, the Scottish Fold is a true love, he loves to play with them.
The Scottish Fold is a big greedy. It is necessary to watch its diet with care, because this cat tends to gain a lot of weight and even become obese in the event 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 the proportions and give him kibble bought at the veterinarian, because they will better cut your cat’s hunger unlike products bought in supermarkets. Finally, make sure he always has fresh, clean water available.
The physique of the Scottish Fold
Beyond small round ears folded forward, the Scottish Fold has many other characteristics. It is all round. His head is round and broad, he has a rather broad and round nose too. His muzzle, curved inward, sometimes gives the impression that he is smiling. He has good cheeks and big round eyes which are very often golden or copper in color.
The Scottish Fold is a short haired cat which loses very little hair. Its coat will be mid-length if it is the Highland variety. As for his body, the Scottish Fold is a small cat that can measure around 30 cm and weigh between 3 and 5 kilos. Its bone structure and musculature are well developed. Its short limbs give it a stocky look. Its legs are short and end in small round feet. Her dress is often plain, but it can sometimes be striped or spotted. While the Scottish Fold can suffer from osteochondrodysplasia, a disease that affects the cartilage and skeleton, this cat enjoys fairly solid health. It can live between 13 and 15 years.
The Scottish Fold in everyday life
The Scottish Fold is a cat very easy going. We must feed him in a balanced way with quality food, play with him and bring him affection. He does not need a lot of space to flourish: a few toys and a cat tree on which he can climb, scratch and sleep will make him happy. He loves family life despite his independent side.
It is necessary brush your Scottish Fold once a week by granting a special care for his ears. They should be cleaned 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, your cat’s brushing should be more regular, even daily. This will prevent as much as possible that he swallows his hair during his toilet and that hairballs form in his 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 him your new companion even more. But it also has a cost, count between 400 and 1,500 euros to acquire one. When we love, we don’t count!
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