The Scottish Fold cat commonly referred to as a scot fold is type of domestic cat which originated from Scotland. The scot fold has an owl looking appearance characterized by folded ears bending downwards from the front. This is due to a natural dominant-gene mutation that affects the cartilage throughout its body. They were originally called the lop-eared or lops named after the Iop-eared rabbit not until in 1966 when the Scottish fold became their official breed name.
It was first discovered in 1961 by a Scottish shepherd William Ross in coupar Angus. The cat caught their attention resulting from its unique appearance. William named the cat Susie and cared for it until it had its two kittens. Two of them were born with folded ears. This created more concern to study the cat nature which was hard as the kittens father was there. Unfortunately Susie was killed by a car. So literally, all Scottish Fold cat is a direct descendant of Suzie.
In 1966 the Ross registered their cats to a Cat Fancy and began the long process of achieving acceptance for their folded eared cats to be researched. A decade later they succed and the cat was named as the Scottish Fold.
The folds were however not registered in early 1970s because it had an ear infection which had been discovered. The Scottish Fold was only granted Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) recognition in 1973 in which it is recognized as an actual breed and not as a cat that come with genetic mutation.
Common Characteristics and personalities.
They befriend one person in the family who they can play together and receive fast commands from them. However they allow others befriend them.
They are playful cats thus favoring parents with young children as they are good play kits. They like to be outdoor and as well enjoying outdoor games and activities. They thrive on attention depending on their own terms.
Common Characters and features of the cat breed.
They are all born with unfolded straight ears which begin to show the fold after 21 days. This is due to their genetic makeup allowing the downwards rounded appearance. The kittens that do not develop folded ear are known as Straights. The folded ear is caused through parental inheritance from a parent with a dominant gene. This makes all the Scottish folds be folded eared. Despite being folded eared it's ears function normally.
They are naturally rounded headed by genetic makeup. However the rounded headedness of the breed is also aided by the large, round eyes, cheeks, and the whisker pads.
The Body structure and form
They are medium-sized cats, the males typically weighing up to 4 to 6 kg while the females weight ranges from 2.7—4 kg.
They have a general rounded body structure especially on the head, eyes and the face. They have medium short legs.
They have a domed shaped head at the top. They are very short necked. The eyes are broadly-spaced eyes. The coating of the scot fold The size of their hair varies they can be either long haired or short haired.
They have a varied skin color- it is of either color or may even have combination of colors. This vary depending on the genetic phenotype of the breed.
The common habits associated with the scot fold. They like sleeping on their backs Sitting posture- sitting on and their paws resting on their bellies.
The featuring pros'
They are friendly to new people or situations more so due to its harmless nature. They are soft spoken and loyal to their owner, caregiver or anyone. They have a sweet-tempered personality. They have a longer lifespan of 15 years or more. They are not clinging or demanding cats. They would rather prefer staying near you than on your lap.
Scottish folds are prone and susceptible to polycystic kidney disease and the cardiomyopathy. They have a high rate of wax buildup in their ears due to folded ears thus giving the care giver a hard time of repeated cleaning.