This breed of cat was discovered in Scotland in 1961 by William Ross. He found a kitten with folded ears and named her Susie. Susie’s mother had normal-shaped ears, but the father was unknown. Ross adopted a white kitten from Susie’s litter and began to breed her with local farm cats and British Shorthairs to establish this lop-eared feline breed. In 1977, British geneticist Oliphant Jackson reported that one-third of kittens from the breeding of folded-eared cats developed osteodystrophy, a skeletal lesion.
This cat loves to be on laps or near its favorite people. It has a sweet temperament and a quiet voice. This cat enjoys sitting up on its hind legs, which makes it look like an otter. It also enjoys flopping on its back when taking a nap. This cat does not enjoy being home alone and benefits from being paired with another pet or another cat. This cat is relatively easy to adjust to new surroundings, such as hotel rooms or new people. This cat is somewhat playful and will enjoy an occasional game of fetch. And finally, this cat welcomes the company of children and family dogs
The shorthaired variety only needs to be groomed a few times a week. You can just use a steel comb to get rid of any dead hair. The longhaired variety needs to be groomed every few days. This will remove any dead hair and stop mats from forming.
The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is about 15 years. The breed can be predisposed to some health problems, such as degenerative joint disease. This problem can occur in the tail, so it’s important to handle the tail carefully if stiffness is noticed.