Name: Scottish Fold
Country of Origin: Scotland
Lifespan: 15 years.
Appearance: Scottish fold cats are well known for a fold in their ears which is produced by an incompletely dominant gene that affects the cartilage of the ears, causing the ears to fold forward and downward and lie almost totally flat against the head. The cats are generally rounded, with large and round eyes, rounded head and cheeks, and rounded whisker pads too. The breed can either be long of short-haired and the coat may be any colour of combination of colours.
- All folds are born with straight, unfolded ears, and those with the Fold gene will only begin to show within the first 21 days.
- Kittens who do not develop folded ears are known as “straights”.
- The original Scottish Fold was a white barn cat named Susie, who was found at a farm in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1961. Her ears had an unusual fold in their middle, making her resemble an owl. When Susie had kittens, two of them were born with folded ears. William Ross, a neighbouring farmer, acquired one of the kittens and registered the breed in 1966 and started to breed Scottish Fold kittens with the help of geneticist Pat Turner.
- All Scottish Fold cats share a common ancestry to Susie.
- Despite the folded ears, folds still use their aural appendages to express themselves - the ears swivel to listen, lay back in anger and prick up when they hear an interesting sound (e.g. the tin opener)
- The breed are typically good-natured, placid, and adjust to other animals within a household extremely well. They tend to become attached to their human caregivers, and have a very affectionate nature. They are very playful, good at grooming, often intelligent, loyal, soft spoken, and adaptable.
- Scottish Folds have a habit of sleeping on their backs, and are also known for sitting with their legs stretched out and their paws on their belly, also known as the “Buddha Position”.
- The breed have soft voices and display a complex repertoire of meows and purrs not found in better known breeds.
- Scottish folds are susceptible to poly cystic kidney disease and cardiomyopathy.
- All folded cats are affected by Osteochondrodysplasia which is a developmental abnormality that affects cartilage and bone development through the body.
- Maru, the Youtube sensation best known for his obsession with boxes, is a Scottish Fold Cat.
(Source: petsinsuretogether.co.uk)✿ ughhh scottish folds are the cutest ✿ cat
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