This breed of cat was first discovered in Scotland in 1961 by Scottish shepherd William Ross. Ross found a kitten with folded-ears and named her Susie. Susie’s mother had normal ears, but the father was unknown. A few years later, 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 perch on laps or next to their favorite people. They have a sweet temperament and a quiet, soft voice. This cat enjoys sitting up on its hind legs in a look that resembles an otter or flopping on its back when napping. This cat does not enjoy being home alone and benefits by being paired with another cat or other pet. This cat adjusts to new surroundings like hotel rooms and new people relatively easily. This cat is somewhat playful and will enjoy an occasional game of fetch. This cat welcomes the company of children and family dogs.
The shorthaired variety of this breed doesn’t require much grooming. You only need to run a steel comb through its coat once or twice a week. The longhaired variety, on the other hand, requires grooming three to four times a week so that you can remove dead hairs and prevent mats from forming.
The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is about 15 years. The breed can have some health problems, like other breeds of cats. One problem is degenerative joint disease, which can be an issue in the tail. If stiffness is noticed, be careful with the tail.