This breed of cat is from Scotland and was discovered in 1961. A Scottish shepherd named William Ross found a kitten with folded ears. The mother had regular ears, but the father was unknown. Ross adopted a white kitten from the litter and started to breed the cats with local farm cats and British Shorthairs. In 1977, a British geneticist named Oliphant Jackson reported that one-third of kittens from folded-eared cats developed a skeletal lesion.
This cat loves to be around people. They have a sweet temperament and a quiet voice. This cat enjoys sitting up on its hind legs or flopping on its back when taking a break. They don’t like to be left alone and will adjust to new surroundings quickly. They are somewhat playful and will play fetch with you every once in awhile. This cat is great with kids and family dogs too!
The shorthaired variety needs little grooming. Just run a steel comb through its coat once or twice a week. The longhaired variety needs more grooming, about three to four times a week. This will help remove dead hairs and prevent mats from forming.
The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is about 15 years. Scottish Folds can have some health problems. One problem is that they can get degenerative joint disease, especially in the tail. If you notice stiffness in the tail, be careful.