Scottish Fold / Straight
Scottish Folds are very intelligent, sweet-tempered, usually soft-spoken, and easily adaptable to new people and situations. They are loyal and tend to bond with one person in the household. While they will usually allow others to cuddle and pet them, their primary attachment becomes quickly clear as they single out their chosen human. They thrive on attention, but it must be on their own terms. Despite their devotion, they are not clingy, demanding cats and usually prefer to be near you rather than on your lap. They enjoy a good game of catch the catnip mouse now and then as well, and keep their playful side well into adulthood.
Despite being folded, the Fold’s ears are still expressive and swivel to listen, lay back in anger, and prick up when a can of food is opened. The fold in the ear can become less pronounced when the cat is upset or ill. Although some Fold family members report an increased production of wax buildup in their cats’ ears, the folded ears typically do not make the cat more susceptible to mites or ear infections. The previously reported susceptibility to deafness may be related to the fact that some early Scottish Folds were white, and white cats can be prone to a type of deafness that’s unrelated to the Fold gene.
Because the Scottish Fold personality is so sociable, these cats do not do well being left alone for long periods of time. Some Scottish Fold parents have discovered that by adopting two Scottish Folds, they can help keep each other company, and the cats will consequently not be bothered with being left home alone. No matter how long you leave your feline friend, the chances are that when you return home, they will want to sit in your lap for some quality cuddle time.
These cats can be found with a short-coated or long-coated appearance—many people refer to the long-coated versions as Highland Folds. These cats also come in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid, tabby, tabby and white, bicolor, and parti-color—this means it can be difficult to find two that look the same! Another unique trait of these adorable kitties is that their eye color will be determined by their coat color—many Scottish Folds are even known to have two different colored eyes.
After their ears, the first thing you will notice about a Scottish Fold is their habit of posing in odd positions—flat out on the floor like a little frog, sitting up for all the world as if they were a meerkat on a nature program, or lying on their back, paws up in the air. And although you might assume that their ears are less mobile than those of other cats, such is not the case. Scottish Folds use those ears to communicate quite effectively, adding comments in a quiet, chirpy voice when necessary.
This is a smart, moderately active cat. The Scottish Fold enjoys teaser toys that test their agility and puzzle toys that challenge their intelligence. Their favorite activities include anything that involves human interaction.There is nothing a Scottish Fold likes better than to be with their people, participating in whatever they are doing. They're a sweet cat who enjoys attention. The last thing they want is to be left alone for hours on end, so they're not the best choice unless someone is home during the day or you can give them the company of another cat. Rest assured, however, that they will expect you to play with them when you get home from work or school--or at least sit down so they can get in a little lap time or curl up next to you while you watch television.
Some common questions pet parents have before adopting their own Scottish Fold include:
What Is the Typical Scottish Fold Temperament?
These cats have a very even temperament, meaning they are not abnormally active, but they are more energetic than just a lap cat. They are also sociable and friendly and enjoy playing games, exploring, and having some quality lap time with their family.
Do Scottish Folds Shed?
Yes. They shed just about the same amount as any other cat.
Are Scottish Fold Cats Hypoallergenic?
No, these cats are not hypoallergenic, so people with cat allergies should steer clear of this cat breed.
How Big Do Scottish Folds Get?
Although medium-sized, these cats typically have a compact build. Females of this breed typically weigh in between 6 and 9 pounds, and males weigh in between 9 to 13 pounds. While these are the average weights, each cat is unique, so there is a chance that your cat could weigh more or less than the average.
What's the Average Scottish Fold Lifespan?
On average, these cats live to be 11–15 years old. This number can be affected by many factors such as your cat's living environment, their daily health and exercise routine, and whether they have any pre-existing health conditions.
Scottish Kitten Care
Comb the Scottish Fold’s coat weekly to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils. A longhaired Fold may need to be groomed a couple of times a week to ensure that tangles don't develop.Brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease. Daily dental hygene is best, but weekly brushing is better than nothing. Trim the nails every couple of weeks.
Wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth to remove any discharge. Use a separate area of the cloth for each eye so you don't run the risk of spreading any infection.
Check the ears weekly, especially if they are tightly folded. If they look dirty, wipe them out with a cotton ball or soft damp cloth moistened with a 50-50 mixture of cider vinegar and warm water. Avoid using cotton swabs, which can damage the interior of the ear.
Keep the Scottish Fold's litter box spotlessly clean. Cats are very particular about bathroom hygiene, and a clean litter box will help to keep the coat clean, as well.
It's a good idea to keep a Scottish Fold as an indoor only cat to protect them from diseases spread by other cats, attacks by dogs or coyotes, and the other dangers that face cats who go outdoors, such as being hit by a car. Scottish Folds who go outdoors also run the risk of being stolen by someone who would like to have such a beautiful cat without paying for it.
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