The Scottish Fold is one of the youngest breeds. She is distinguished by a unique appearance, grace, and a very high level of intelligence.
The appearance of the Scottish Fold cat
The history of the participation of Scottish Fold cats in exhibitions is not so long. Today there is one general breed standard that all Scottish folds meet. In addition, three types of official animal assessments are used in a large, competitive panel of judges: WCF, CFA, and TICA.
The appearance of a Scottish Fold cat must fully comply with all the requirements of the general breed standard.
Scottish Fold cat personality
Everyone knows well the statement that the dog becomes attached to the owner and the cat – to the place. In the case of Scottish Fold, both theses are absolutely relevant and true.
The starting point for understanding the nature of the animal will be the fact that from the very beginning of the birth of the breed, the Scottish Fold cats were bred and kept in exclusively domestic conditions. Scottish Folds are typical couch potatoes, they feel great even in the urban environment of apartments, although periodic walks in the fresh air will in no way harm the pet.
When purchasing a Scottish Fold cat, you should take into account that representatives of this breed are very affectionate and sensitive. They can be unsettled not only by the rearrangement of furniture in the house, which, by the way, is not liked by cats of any breeds but also by the long absence of the owner. Loneliness for a Scottish Fold is worse than physical pain. The animal may even become depressed. Kittens and young animals are especially vulnerable in this sense. The possibility of constant positive communication with a person is simply necessary for them.
A calm, balanced, even somewhat phlegmatic character is inherent in almost all representatives of this breed. They are very affectionate and patient. Cases of aggressive behavior cause, like a Scottish, he tries to go into conflict, thinks that he is simply afraid. This is not true. The Scotsman is a true gentleman (or lady), prefers a secular solution to the problem – to ignore the ill-mannered bully, be it an animal or a person. If the Scottish does not cause a difficult situation, then you can be sure that he will be able to stand up for himself.
The Scottish Fold cat is perfect for families with small children. The Scotsman will never let out his claws, trying to avoid obsessive harassment from your child, and the preference is aristocratic to retire. Almost always he will find a common language with other pets, although with dogs and rodents some tension in the relationship will be traced.
Many people note with surprise that the apparent passivity and indicative slowness in no way interfere with the sometimes very vivid manifestation of the hunting instinct. Appearance can be deceiving, and even a cat, whose favorite place is a cushion or the owner’s knees, will never refuse to stretch in the “sports corner” that you build for her in the house.
Another interesting character trait of Scottish Fold is its amazing practicality for animals. Although in this case we are not even talking about character traits, about intelligence. The cat has never and nowhere been considered a stupid animal, but all the owners of folds note their amazing ability to differentiate information received from the outside and use the one that will be beneficial to them and can be useful in life. The mechanism of such selectivity from the point of view of logic is difficult to explain, and it is not so necessary. Thanks to this feature, Scottish Folds are very well trained and brought up, it is only important to find a common language with them.
Education and training
It is important to understand that an animal is not a cute fluffy (but also fashionable) toy that considers itself at least an equal member of your family. When purchasing a Scottish Fold cat, you should have a more or less clear understanding of the rules and principles of raising your pet. It is necessary to teach the cat the rules of decency from an early age, as soon as the baby appears in your house. Given the natural acumen of Scottish Folds, it won’t be that difficult.
Lop-eared loneliness is very painful. Experts do not recommend leaving the animal alone for a long time. To pass the time, kittens either look for something to do on their own or sleep part of the time. In the first case, after returning home, you may lose traces of a small pogrom (discarded books, pens, and pencils scattered on the floor), in the second, a slept and rested kitten will endlessly chase, demanding lost attention. This can be expressed in attempts to climb up your legs on your knees, and in the desire to lie down beautifully on a writing or computer desk on papers, with two you just got ready to work, and in biting the fingers of the sleeping owner. This behavior is cute at first but can get annoying over time.
Care and maintenance
The basis for your pet’s cheerfulness, health, and longevity is, first of all, proper balanced nutrition.
When taking a kitten from a breeder, do not forget to ask what kind of food the baby is used to. Using the original diet at first, you will gradually convert the Scottish Fold to the type of feeding that seems more correct to you, without unnecessary problems. As for the frequency, it is customary to invite a baby up to four months of age to the bowl 4 times a day, gradually switching to three meals a day, and from 8 months – like an adult cat – 2 times a day.
How to choose a kitten
Everyone knows that the problem of choice is not easy in itself. And if you choose a Scottish Fold cat as your pet, you need to approach the issue very responsibly.
Firstly, you can take a kitten from the mother no earlier than the baby has reached the age of 11-13 weeks. This time is quite enough so that, on the one hand, the kitten can receive all vital antibodies and useful substances with milk, and on the other hand, it is enough to adapt to independent life (eat a variety of food, go to the tray). It is also very important that by this time an experienced and responsible breeder has already given the kittens their first vaccinations. If you want to make a choice earlier, then you can always agree on a bride with the owner of the mother cat.
Secondly, it is very important to remember that characteristic lop-earedness is a gene mutation; to prevent the negative consequences of one of the parents, it is imperative to be straight. Only professional breeders or specialized breeding nurseries can comply with this mating rule. Buying a hangover from the market or from random people is absolutely unacceptable.
Feeding the kitten with food or food, and no mother’s milk, should not be earlier than at the age of 2 months. The diet can consist of both prepared foods and natural foods. Some experts believe that cats need a mixed diet. In case, when purchasing a kitten, you should find out from the breeder everything about its nutrition. If you decide to feed your pet with food, it is best to consult your veterinarian for a suitable formulation. Eating natural food means a diet of boiled chicken, raw but frozen beef, boiled liver, chicken yolk, fermented milk products, cereals. Most veterinarians recommend that fish be limited or excluded from the diet. Such mixtures can harm your pet’s stomach, if you want to feed your pet with both food and food, be sure to consult with specialists and in no case-mix food with dry food on the same plate.
Scottish people are real centenarians because they live up to 20 years. Despite these statistics, every animal’s life depends on proper care and attention.