Interesting Facts About Scottish Fold Cats

Cuteness overload heading your way, as Buzzle profiles one of the cutest cat breeds in the feline world. Learn some interesting facts about Scottish Fold cats right here in this Buzzle write-up.
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Fact about Scottish Fold cats
What a cat!
Scottish Folds have some unusual traits that can be best described as human, rather than feline. For instance, you'll see a lot of these cats "sitting" like a human on their bottoms, with the front legs placed on the sides just like our hands. Also, unlike most cats who love curling up to sleep, these fellas love to sleep on their backs.
And believe me, the strangeness of the Scottish Fold does not end there. You know how most (non-cat) people tend to think of cats as aloof and self-centered? Well, Scottish Folds can be the one breed to entirely dispel this myth. These cats are known to be drawn to humans like no other breed, following their human parents everywhere they go.

Fascinating, cuddly, and incredibly gorgeous, these cats waste no time in stealing your hearts in an instant.

Scottish Fold Breed Origin

Scottish Fold cat
Scottish Fold cat
It was in 1961 that a Scottish farmer noticed a rather unusual looking cat having taken up residence on his farm. Her ears appeared to be naturally folded, rather than the upright triangulars of other cats. This cat was named Susie.

Susie gave birth to a litter of kittens; two of which had inherited her "folded ears".

A neighboring farmer adopted one of Susie's folded-eared kitten, and began to breed the cat.

In the coming ears, the brood grew to 76 kittens, 42 of which inherited the same unusual ears as a result of a genetic mutation which causes the cat's ear cartilage to contain a fold. Behold, we had the Scottish Fold cat, named after their country of origin and their most distinctive feature.
Scottish Fold newborn
Scottish Fold newborn

It was later concluded that the genetic mutation can occur only if a Fold cat is bred with straight cat.

Scottish Folds were first brought into the United States about ten years later, in 1971. Within the same decade, they had been recognized by most cat associations in North America. These cats were crossed with American Shorthairs and British Shorthairs.

An ironic fact remains that these cats haven't found recognition in their own country of origin. This is following concerns that the folded ear might lead to ear infections or deafness and because of a related cartilage problem.

Appearance
Scottish Fold kitten
Scottish Fold kitten

Owlish is the first adjective which comes to mind while describing these cats. They have a cherubic face with huge, round, and expressive eyes.

While Scottish Folds are basically short-haired, there exists a long-haired breed as well, called the highland fold.

These cats come in all colors and coat patterns except chocolate and lilac.

Their most notable feature is their front-folding ears, of course. Take note, however, that certain Scottish Folds are born with straight ears, as they may inherit physical characteristics from either parent.

This breed is medium-sized, weighing between 6 to 13 pounds; with females weighing lesser than the males in most cases.
Health
Highland Fold cat
Highland Fold cat

Scottish Folds should not be bred with a member of the same breed. The offspring may be born with problems related to the ear including infections or even deafness.

Osteochondrodysplasia is a genetic abnormality, wherein the bones in the legs and tail vertebrae are deformed from birth. This is usually known to be a result of irresponsible breeding, when one Scottish Fold is bred with another. The genetic mutation that causes the ears to be folded also results in joint cartilage abnormalities in all Fold cats with folded ears, causing early onset lameness, arthritis, and other joint diseases.

Folds are genetically prone to suffer from cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that often results in congestive heart failure. It is life-threatening and can result in blood clots that cause pain and acute paralysis of a cat's rear legs. You should get your Fold tested by a veterinary cardiologist.
Personality

Scottish Fold adult
Scottish Fold adult
Scottish Folds are remarkably friendly and cheerful, and have little or none of the usual feline aloofness.

They interact very well with other pets and children in the family.

They're not known to be very talkative; although this may differ from cat to cat, irrespective of the breed. Their meows and purrs are quite soft and musical.

As all cats, Folds love to laze around all day, with spurts of energy in between. They can be quite the couch potatoes, and don't mind their owners carrying them from place to place.

With their cute-as-a-button looks, they certainly are people magnets; humans just can't resist petting a Fold once they lay their eyes on him. But note that Folds love to cuddle themselves, and love to take their snooze hours in a human's lap.

Internet's most famous Fold is Maru, without a doubt. The cat has a massive fan following, with people loving his antics which include playing with boxes of all shapes and sizes, and basically just him being his adorable self.
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Published: June 3, 2014
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Great facts about the Scottish Fold - thanks! - Harper [June 20, 2014]