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.
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:
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: