² SCOTTISH FOLD CAT BREED /Characteristics, Care and Health



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SCOTTISH FOLD CAT BREED /Characteristics, Care and Health

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the scottish fold is perhaps best known for their adorable floppy ears and cute eyes discover in this article everything you need to know about this popular feline breed their origin characteristics character care and health.

1.the origin of the scottish fold dates back to scotland in the 1960s some farmers decided to cross a cat named susie with british shorthaired catsnleading to the birth of several specimens that shared their mother's peculiar feature of having folded over ears the scottish fold therefore is so called due to this characteristic feature and their place of origin unfortunately susie's direct descendants had serious health problems so continuing this breed was banned however geneticists and breeders later worked to end these problems this led to the scottish fold being first officially recognized by the cat fanciers association in 1974.

2.the scottish fold stands out for having a compact robust and muscular body they are a medium-sized cat which usually weighs between two to six kilos females measure between 15 and 20 centimeters whereas males can reach 20-25 their face is wide and round with large rounded eyes and a short flat nose as we stated above their ears are folded down as a major breed trait the fur of the scottish fold is dense and soft similar to their british shorthair ancestors although they are a short-haired breed there is a varietal of the breed known as the highland fold with semi long fur all colours and even colour point varieties are accepted except for white.

3.in terms of character the scottish fold is tender friendly and outgoing they are also known for being patient and attentive for this reason and more they are ideal pets for children and other animals they do require a lot of attention and pampering due to their need for affection they are not recommended for those who spend a lot of time away from home since they cannot bear to be alone for extended periods they are also noted for being calm cats one reason their ideal company for the elderly are those with limited mobility they are also not very mischievous or destructive so they may not need as much training as other cats.

4.in general scottish fold cats don't need any special attention beyond brushing their fur two to three times a week if we give them malt paste along with brushing we will avoid the formation of hair balls in their digestive tract regarding food an excess of calcium could make the cartilage in their ears strengthen and lose the fold that characterizes them therefore it's important to offer a diet with a balanced amount of calcium along with other nutrients it's best to seek advice of a veterinarian specialised in nutrition it's important to clean their ears at least once a week since their folds can encourage mites and ear infections in addition with age brushing may be necessary as it will keep their teeth in good condition it's recommended we be attentive to the state of their mouth eyes nails fur and general physical state we also need to follow the vaccination guidelines and carry out the appropriate deworming.

5.the lifespan of this breed can be around 10 to 15 years of age they are animals that despite not being known for having poor health should be observed due to their genetics as with any purebred cats veterinary checkups are there to detect possible problems as soon as possible one of the most common diseases in this breed is otitis a swelling of the air it's necessary to strictly follow the instructions of our veterinarian to keep their ears healthy and avoid problems associated with hearing currently the crossing of two scottish folds of the same family is prohibited due to the health problems that can be passed on to their offspring.

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