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Scottish Fold

ScottishFold

Affectionate, Easygoing, and Sweet

Charming, Easygoing, Reserved

Scottish Folds are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Scottish Folds, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Scottish Fold unique, but some can be quite irritating! Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Body:Medium Rounded Coat:Dense, plush

Length of fur
3

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
2

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Scottish Folds need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desires to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily.

Grooming: Longhaired Scottish Folds have long hair that will need brushing daily. However, for Shorthaired Scottish Folds, to keep their hair curly, they require little maintenance, needing only infrequent, gentle brushing.

Dental: Scottish Folds have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Scottish Folds may develop more wax buildup in their ears as compared to other cats, so weekly cleaning is recommended. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Scottish Folds adore people and will not panic in new situations.

Positive Traits:

  • Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

Negative Traits: 

  • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain

Whether you are considering adding a new Scottish Fold to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Scottish Fold will have these problems,but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Scottish Fold you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Scottish Fold could encounter:

Deafness

Urolithiasis

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

Discovered in Scotland in 1961, all Scottish Folds are related to “Susie” the barn cat with owl-like ears. Kittens are born with straight ears; those with the ear-fold gene will begin to have their ears bend at about one month of age. Despite their unusual appearance, Scottish Folds have normal hearing abilities. These sweet faced cats prefer to sleep on their backs. Scottish Folds possess an easy-going nature, and are friendly with people and other household pets. Their calm disposition makes them suitable for loud home environments with children and dogs.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Scottish Folds shows signs of the following:

  • Lack of response to noises

  • Care

    Routine Care: Scottish Folds need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desires to hunt and explore. Keep their minds and bodies active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily.

    Grooming: Longhaired Scottish Folds have long hair that will need brushing daily. However, for Shorthaired Scottish Folds, to keep their hair curly, they require little maintenance, needing only infrequent, gentle brushing.

    Dental: Scottish Folds have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Scottish Folds may develop more wax buildup in their ears as compared to other cats, so weekly cleaning is recommended. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Scottish Folds adore people and will not panic in new situations.

    Positive Traits:

    • Laid back - gets along with cat-friendly dogs and kids

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    Negative Traits: 

    • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Scottish Fold to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Scottish Fold will have these problems,but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Scottish Fold you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Scottish Fold could encounter:

    Deafness

    Urolithiasis

    Polycystic Kidney Disease

    Neonatal Isoerythrolysis (NI)/Hemolytic Icterus

  • History

    Discovered in Scotland in 1961, all Scottish Folds are related to “Susie” the barn cat with owl-like ears. Kittens are born with straight ears; those with the ear-fold gene will begin to have their ears bend at about one month of age. Despite their unusual appearance, Scottish Folds have normal hearing abilities. These sweet faced cats prefer to sleep on their backs. Scottish Folds possess an easy-going nature, and are friendly with people and other household pets. Their calm disposition makes them suitable for loud home environments with children and dogs.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Scottish Folds shows signs of the following:

    • Lack of response to noises

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