Scottish Fold

Growth Size

Scottish Folds grow to a weight of 4 – 6kg.

Lifespan

14 – 16 years.

Temperament

Sweet natured, and loves companionship. This breed will happily sit around the house watching their owners perform day-to-day activities.

Training Difficulty

Although an intelligent breed, the Scottish Fold can be a bit stubborn when it comes to training. They don't feel the need to impress anyone, so persistence is the key.

Recommended Owners

Scottish Folds are recommended for people who can give them the company they crave. This breed won't do well if it is left alone for long periods of time.

Origin

In a town in 1960s Scotland, a barn cat was discovered with an unusual fold in her ears. When this cat gave birth, two kittens in the litter also had folded ears. One made its way to William Ross, a neighbouring farmer and cat enthusiast. Ross started developing the breed with the help of geneticist Pat Turner.

Diet

All cats are 'obligate carnivores', which means they require meat in their diet. Taurine is essential to a cat's health, and it gets this amino acid from either wet or dry foods containing meat. Depending on factors such as size and weight, adult cats can eat a quarter to half a cup of dry food per day, or 140 – 250g of wet food per day. These amounts can be halved if feeding a diet of both wet and dry food.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

This breed's short hair is easy to groom. A weekly 15 minute brush should suffice to remove any loose hairs and keep the coat looking healthy.

Comments

Scottish Fold kittens are all born with straight ears. At about four weeks, some of the kittens' ears fold over. The kittens without folded ears can still be considered Scottish Folds, as there are different degrees of ear folding. However, most commonly kittens with completely straight ears are considered to be Scottish Shorthairs.