This breed of cat was first discovered in Scotland in 1961. A shepherd named William Ross found a kitten with folded ears and he called her Susie. Susie’s mother had normal ears, but the father was unknown. Ross then adopted a white kitten from Susie’s litter and started to breed her with local farm cats and British Shorthairs. In 1977, a British geneticist named Oliphant Jackson reported that one-third of kittens from the breeding of folded-eared cats developed a skeletal lesion.
This cat loves to sit on laps or next to their favorite people. They have a sweet temperament and a soft voice. This cat also enjoys sitting up on its hind legs, looking like an otter, or flopping on its back when napping. However, this cat does not enjoy being home alone and benefits from being paired with another cat or other pet. This cat is relatively easy to adjust to new surroundings, such as hotel rooms and new people. They are somewhat playful and will enjoy an occasional game of fetch. Lastly, this cat welcomes the company of children and family dogs.
The shorthaired variety doesn’t need to be groomed very often. You just have to run a steel comb through its coat once or twice a week. The longhaired variety needs to be groomed more often, about three or four times a week. This will keep it looking healthy and help prevent mats from forming.
The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is about 15 years. They can have some health problems, for example, degenerative joint disease. If you notice your Scottish Fold has stiffness in their tail, be careful when handling it.