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The History Behind Scottish Fold Kittens
In 1961 in Perthshire, Scotland, at a farm near Coupar Angus, an original Scottish Fold cat named Susie was found. Susie’s ears were unusually folded in the middle – almost like an owl’s ears. When Susie had kittens, two of the litters were born with folded ears. One of them was taken by William Ross, a local cat-fancier. He registered this new breed with the GCCF (The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) in Great Britain in 1966. With the help of geneticist Pat Turner, he began breeding Scottish Fold kittens. In the first three years, breeding brought in 76 kittens, 42 of which had folded ears. This was evidence of a dominant gene. From the original littering that Susie had, only one female offspring was reproducing. Named Snooks and being white, she fully inherited the dominant gene. Unfortunately, Susie was hit by a car. Nowadays, all Scottish Folds share the common ancestry to Susie.
Due to crippling deformity of limbs, the GCCF called off registration in 1971 and thus the breed was not accepted for shows in Europe. The Folds were exported to America and the breed was later crossed with the American Shorthair and the British Shorthair. After that, problems with limbs and mites were eradicated, though significant wax buildup in the ears remains a problem even today.
Temperament and Personality
Scottish Folds have an affectionate temperament. They are relatively calm and enjoy being around people and playing. Their friendly nature helps them to easily find common grounds with other cats, dogs, and children. However, being a separate breed, the Folds show the following traits:
Standing on their hind paws or arranging themselves in unusual stances and positions.
Sleeping on the back, and sitting down with their rear paws stretched out and their front paws on the belly.
Fitting themselves into strange places unlike other cats commonly do.
High intelligence that helps owners play more complicated games such as fetch.
Playing outdoors, which is uncommon with cats.
Having a friend that substitutes the owner when he/she is constantly away.
Bonding with the caregiver and following him around.
They are not talkative. However, your cat will make an exception for you in a soft voice.
Speaking of personality, Scottish Folds inherit traits that their parents have. Each Fold has its own traits and it is difficult to trace the ones that your kitten may have. Your kitten will show overwhelming curiosity. He will love to be involved in whatever you will be doing. Being a dexterous pet, a Scottish Fold will be examining all doors and cabinets in search of a toy. Eventually, snacks will be disappearing from jars and plates that are left unwatched. The most intelligent Scottish Folds show some stubbornness as well, which may be annoying sometimes.
Colors and Patterns
Colors and patterns are the result of genetics’ influence. Scottish Fold kittens may be of following colorings:
White: pure snow white, pink nose and pink pads with blue or gold eyes.
Black: black nose and paw pads, the color ranges from dense coal black to slightly smoky black.
Blue: has a light blue nose and paw pads. Eyes are of a brilliant gold.
Red: no marks and no shades – pure red with chin and lips of the exact same color. Eyes are gold.
Cream: no markings, lighter shades may be seen. Eyes are gold and paws/nose are pink.
Chinchilla silver: the undercoat is white but the head, tail, and back show black shades, which give a characteristic silver shine. The chest, belly, and chin are completely white. However, the paw pads are black while the eyes are blue-green or green.
Scottish Folds show a large array of different solid colors
Other colors like shaded silver, shell cameo, shaded cameo, black smoke, blue smoke, cameo smoke, tabby pattern, mackerel tabby pattern, patched and spotted tabby patterns, silver and blue-silver tabbies, red/brown/blue/cream/cameo tabbies, tortoiseshell, calico, diluted calico, and bi-color are all common colorings for the Scottish Folds. In majority, they all have brilliant gold eyes.
Scottish Folds show a large array of different solid colors, bi-color patterns, and specific colorings that are the result of hybridization and intercrossing within the breed. Some colors are met more often than others are, hence comes a noticeable price difference based solely on the rarity of particular color.
Where to Buy
The Scottish Fold is considered to be a relatively rare breed that you are unlikely to meet in a pet store. It means that the only plausible way to find and buy a Scottish Fold kitten is to surf through the Internet in order to find reputable breeders. When searching for specific sites, consider looking through the following first:
RFCI.org – The Ragdoll Fanciers Club
RFWClub.org – The Ragdoll Fanciers Worldwide Club
BreedList.com – Fanciers Breeder Referral List
ScottishFold.com – a Scottish Fold cattery operating since 1981
TICA.org/find-a-breeder – official site of The International Cat Association
ACFAcat.com – The American Cat Fanciers Association
There, you may find great Scottish Fold kittens but before agreeing, try to do little research
Breeders that you may find via these links will be great cat fanciers that do care about their animals and do their business so that your satisfaction as a customer is guaranteed. You will eventually visit the cattery, and the staff will organize a meeting with any kitten you want to see.
Another option is to look through various classifieds offering pets for sale. There, you may find great Scottish Fold kittens but before agreeing, try to do little research. Look for other ads by the same user and if you find countless other ads it is a signal for you not to consider getting a kitten namely from this user. There is a possibility that this user is a breeder who specializes more in making money than in selling healthy kittens. Not a single breeder with good reputation will ever advertise his cattery in such a way. They run decent sites and thrive by means of good reviews and word of mouth/hearsay. Should you come across an ad that you like, call immediately and ask for a visit.
When visiting the addressee of the ad, ask several questions:
- What conditions is the kitten kept in?
- What are the parents coloring? Do they have a temper? Any diseases?
- What food does the kitten prefer the most? What is his eating regiment?
- Was he vaccinated?
If you stumble across cat fanciers, a family keeping a Scottish Fold, you may get a healthy kitten, but unfortunately without a health certificate as they are not breeders. They will sell you a healthy kitten and ask you about your lifestyle to make sure you are the right choice because they want to ensure that their beloved kitten will be living in a great environment with a person who really cares about animals.
Caring after your Scottish Fold kitten is not an extraordinary affair. Kittens are not lizards covered with scales, nor are they birds with beaks and feathers. They are just ordinary creatures that require proper feeding, water intake, grooming, and socializing in their new habitat. However, we will speak about all the things that you should ultimately perform in order to ensure your kitten’s proper development and a great habitat for him.
just be a good parent to your kitten and meet all of his needs
Feeding is the most important thing. What you feed your kitten with and how often determines his physical performance. While still a kitten, your Scottish Fold will spend tons of calories due to fast metabolism. This is why you must feed him 3-4 times per day (read more about healthy kitten food).
- Water is another substance that helps keep him running. Water supplies your kitten’s muscles with necessary liquid and salt, ensuring the muscle fibers remain tough, elastic, and able to work for a long time. All you need is to place a bowl with fresh water out and refresh the bowl twice a day.
- Grooming is completely optional, and while your kitten is still little there is no point in grooming him. However, when he reaches the age of 4-5 months, your kitten will shed excessively and you should groom him every day to help him get rid of his old coat. Otherwise you will find his hair everywhere – in every dish or even in your spoon whilst eating your favorite pudding.
- Your kitten should be conditioned at an early age to withstand bathing and ear cleaning. Cleaning ears is very simple: hold the tip of the ear with two fingers and gently draw it upward, revealing the whole inner ear, then use a cotton disc/damp cloth. You should clean the outer ear and never use a cotton swab, as your kitten may shake his head and you will accidentally harm his ear.
- Bathing is also optional but is a good means of cleaning the coat. Bathing an adult cat is not the same as bathing a kitten. This is why you should get your kitten used to bathing from an early age. Bathing is not challenging when you follow common guidelines. You should bathe your kitten once a week, using only a cup, pouring water on the him gradually but not soaking him completely. Place a rubber mat on the bottom of the bathtub, put the kitten atop the mat, hold him diligently, scoop a cup of warm water from a washbowl, and pour the water on the coat, not the kitten’s muzzle. After damping his coat with the water, apply some cat shampoo, froth it, and rinse the foam with warm water. When bathing is done, rub your kitten with a towel to dry him. Do not use fans as your cat may be terrified.
Socializing is the last important aspect that is worthy of thorough attention. Socializing comprises the kitten’s life. It will have an impact on his understanding of himself in this world and in a new habitat, as well as understanding the hierarchy in a new society. It may sound too scientific for you, but the reality is quite simple: you should present your kitten to everyone in the house, including other pets. Let your kitten explore the area gradually. Play with him, cuddle him, and hold him often so that he gets used to human attention and unknown smells. There is no need for special training – just be a good parent to your kitten and meet all of his needs
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