Scottish fold cat is a very special breed. These cats are “folk”, they have a good temperament, and, in Overall, cute, quiet and easy to use. Scottish, or how their also called british fold cats, require minimal care and can be a real treasure in your home.
The emergence of a new breed of cats often depends on the natural a genetic mutation that occurs unexpectedly in ordinary cats. This is exactly what happened to the Scottish fold a cat. All cats of this breed are descended from Susie’s white cat, which had unusual bent ears and caught mice in the usual Barn in Scotland.
Susie could go on living in obscurity if she weren’t spotted in 1961 by a shepherd named William Ross who He was interested in breeding cats. When Susie gave birth to kittens from ordinary cat, Ross acquired one of them, a kitten girl by named snooks. Next, kittens from a British cat were born at Snooks. shorthair breed. Thus, the development of a new breed, which was originally called the “lop-eared cat”, but later added “Scottish”, indicating the country of origin as defining characteristic. Due to origin, this cat also sometimes called british fold.
Other breeders were also keen on breeding Scottish fold and it was found that the gene mutation was dominant, which means that if one of the parents had a gene for folded ears, then the kitten will also have folded ears. The longhair gene was still one gift from Susie, which was passed on to her descendants. Longhair a species known as Scottish longhair cat.
Ironically, these cats are still not recognized as breeds in their country of origin, in Scotland (England). It’s related with fears that folded ears may lead to ear infections or deafness due to cartilage problems.
After the ears, the first thing you notice about Scottish fold is their habit of lying on the floor like little frogs. And although you can suggest that their ears are less mobile than other cats, but this not that case. They use them to be effective enough communicate by adding emphasis to your quiet and cheerful voice if it’s necessary.
These are smart, moderately active cats. Scottish fold adore various toys – teasers who test them dexterity as well as various puzzles that challenge them mental abilities. Their favorite pastime is any activity, which includes interaction with a person.
There is nothing that Scottish fold would love more than being with your family and participating in what she does. These are cute cats that love attention. Last thing they want to be left alone for several hours in a row, so they will not be the best choice if you don’t have anyone at home during the day, otherwise, you will need to provide them with a company, at least from the second cat. But be calm, she will always be waiting for you to play when you get back from work or study, or at least curl up next to you, while you watch TV.
Both purebred and mixed cats can have various problems with health, which may be genetic in nature. Scottish Fold Longevity average, about 15 years. Major problems with their health are the following:
- Degenerative joint disease, especially in the tail, causing pain and decreased mobility.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease, which is probably hereditary.
Care and maintenance of Scottish fold
Scottish fold cat will need weekly grooming with hair to remove dead hairs and “massage” their skin. Longhaired fold may need to comb out a couple once a week to prevent the formation of tangles.
Brushing your teeth will help prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing is better than weekly, but weekly is better than nothing. It’s important for a Scottish fold to regularly check his ears, preferably once a week, especially if they are tightly folded. If ears look dirty, wipe them with a cotton swab or soft damp a cloth soaked in a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water in ratio of 50 to 50.
Keep the Scottish fold toilet tray in flawless cleanliness. Cats are known for their hygiene, and a clean tray is also help keep the coat well-groomed and clear.
It’s also a good idea to keep a Scottish fold exclusively indoors to protect her from diseases, distributed by other cats, as well as from dog attacks and other dangers that cats face on the street. Scottish fold cats outdoors also risk being stolen, because there may be those who want such a beautiful a cat without paying for it.
Coat colors and care
With their unusual small ears, Scottish fold often resemble an owl. Ears range from one fold when the ear lays half tightly, up to two folds when it lays down denser, and up to three folds when the ears fit snugly to the head. Kittens are born with straight ears that begin to fold in age about 3 weeks. They have big, wide open eyes and cute facial expression. Medium-sized body that ends a long tail that ends with a rounded tip.
The short-haired fold cat has a dense, plush coat with soft texture. Longhaired fold has, as a rule, the coat is of medium length, which is longer on the hips. Scottish fold can be a large number of colors, including solid, tabby, tabby and white, two-tone and multi-color. Eye color often Depends on the color of the coat. White or two-tone cats, for example, may have blue eyes or eyes of different colors.
Children and other animals
Friendly and laid-back Scottish fold cats are ideal for families with children and for families with dogs that are accustomed to cats. They love the attention that receive from children, but they should treat them enough politely. They also love to play and are able to learn different tricks.
These cats, also due to their friendly location, get along well with dogs that were properly socialized. Introduce animals slowly and in controlled conditions to make sure they recognize each other.
Cost of scottish fold
When buying Scottish fold kittens, it is important to keep in mind that longhaired fold (highland fold) are up to 2 times more expensive shorthair. Scottish fold fold kittens average prices Moscow make up:
- Without pedigree: from 4 000 rubles
- Standard: from 10,000 to 40,000 rubles