Oh my goodness, that sweet smooshy little face. And knowing they were originally known as “Flops” somehow makes them even cuter. Scottish Folds aren't born with those adorable, bent-back ears—their kittens have straight ears that start to fold over and down the tops of their wee heads in their first few weeks of life.
Adult Scottish Folds look a bit like a feline version of an owl. They even sit up straight and rest their paws 'pon their furry bellies—okay, they might look a little bit like Buddha, too——though we don't think the Buddha was this furry.
This breed can grow to between 6-13 pounds and lives an average of 14-16 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
I talk when necessary
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE SCOTTISH FOLD'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Scottish Folds are calm, good natured, and social—if you're away from home often, consider bringing home a furry friend for this breed. These cats often get along well with dogs and children. They usually adjust well to new situations and new folks with relative ease.
WHAT IS SCOTTISH FOLD BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Scottish Folds are a very quiet breed with sweet, soft voices. These are intelligent, docile kitties who just want to be with you as much as possible.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY SCOTTISH FOLD ENTERTAINED?
Scottish Folds aren't the most playful cats, but they're not above the odd game of fetch or chasing a feathered wand toy. Dextrous and curious, they'll enjoy outsmarting puzzle toys to free the kibble or treats concealed within. Some also enjoy splashing at faucets (photo opp!)
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO SCOTTISH FOLDS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Scottish Folds are most noticeably characterized by their wee folded ears and round faces and eyes. Those folds come in three varieties, as it happens: triple, double, and single. Shorthaired Scottish Folds need combing a few times a week; plan to comb the longhaired variety every other day.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming. Most healthy, grownup cats won't need regular baths in addition to their own grooming routines—though if your cat is older, you might want to do some research on helping her keep up appearances.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SCOTTISH FOLDS HAVE?
Though generally healthy, Scottish Folds can have a congenital bone growth disorder; keep an eye out for inflexibility or stiffness in kittens' tails or legs. Some are also susceptible to kidney disease. Cats with folded ears should only be bred to cats with straight ears, to prevent skeletal deformities.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE SCOTTISH FOLDS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Scottish Folds aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers. If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about sex: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. Short—or wiry-haired cats do tend to be easier keepers than their long-haired cousins. But shedding less doesn't make this breed hypoallergenic. Dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though. If your pet allergies are mild, a regular grooming session could have a big impact on your quality of life with your pet.
WHAT IS MY SCOTTISH FOLD'S BEST DAY?
Let your Scottish Fold splash in the drops left in the bathtub after your morning shower. Hide some toys around the house and let your furry friend spend her afternoon hunting and finding them. She'll happily spend the evening sitting near you on the couch.
SHOULD I ADOPT A SCOTTISH FOLD?
Scottish Folds are a great match for folks in search of a quiet, calm, and affectionate feline friend who will gladly play with you but won't overwhelm you with her demands for attention She's content to be near you and have you keep her company. Because she's patient and comfortable in many settings, the Scottish Fold would be a good choice for many kinds of family——including those with children.
Have you decided that a Scottish Fold is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.