Scottish Fold Facts You Didn’t Know

It’s probably the cutest cat in the world; the Scottish Fold. It’s got tiny, folded ears and the sweetest face you’ll ever encounter. It is the kind of cat you can’t refuse and every little girl (and grown woman) wants to call her own. In fact, it’s the kind of adorable kitten that Taylor Swift owns and loves to show off on her social media pages. They’re cats with some unusual traits that make them more adorable than just about anything else you’ve seen in your life, but that doesn’t change the fact that these sweet kittens are pretty interesting little creatures.

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They Sit

Seriously, these adorable little cats have a habit of sitting on their behinds like a human being. You’ll be hard pressed to find another cat breed that bothers to sit in this manner, but the Scottish Fold loves to do it and does it often. This cat will place its front paws along its sides the same way that a human does when sitting. It is a bit alarming the first time you see a cat sit in this position, but it really does grow on you over time. In fact, it’s a bit of a party trick when you really think about it. Their favorite position is the Buddha Pose, as it’s commonly called.

They Sleep on Their Backs

Again, these cats are very human like in the way that they sit and relax. Most cats will curl up into a ball when they want to go to sleep. When the Scottish Fold wants to go to sleep, it will lie on its back. Much like a human, it prefers the comforts of back sleeping, and it will do this most of the time. It’s actually fairly uncommon to see the Scottish Fold sleep like other cat breeds. It’s another great party trick your guests will at first be a bit freaked out by.

They Love People
Most cats are aloof and uninterested in human companionship unless it’s on their terms – which is rare and infrequent. The Scottish Fold, however, is completely different. This cat is not aloof. The reputation cats have for being judgmental and uninterested in the antics of humans and other animals was not derived from this breed. In fact, these cats are stuck to their humans like glue. If you have one, you’re not getting rid of it anytime soon. It loves people and wants to be close at all times.

The First Scottish Fold

Perhaps this is not a surprise, but the first Scottish Fold kitten was found in Scotland. This cat was unusual to the farmer who found it. Its ears were naturally folded and the cat didn’t appear to have been injured in any way. The farmer liked the cat, so he took it in. It had a litter of kittens and two of the five had naturally folded ears. A neighbor adopted one and began breeding it, and that’s where the Scottish Fold comes from.

Genes

If you breed two Scottish Folds, you will not get kittens with folded ears. In fact, you will get a normal kitten. The only way to get a Scottish Fold is to breed a Scottish Fold with a regular cat. However, even then it doesn’t guarantee that you will receive another naturally folded-ear cat. You have a 50 percent chance of having another Scottish Fold. It seems that approximately half of a litter will receive the naturally folded ears of one parent and the other half will not. It’s a game of chance, but if you have a Scottish Fold, it can be a pretty good chance.

Osteochondrodysplasia

This is the term used to describe what happens to the arms and legs of a kitten born to two Scottish Folds. The genetic abnormality that Scottish Folds are born with is passed onto their offspring when they are bred with one another. What this means is that the mutation that causes the Fold’s ears to fold will have the same affect on the kitten’s arms and legs. This can make it difficult for kittens to walk. It can also mean that they will be born with arthritis and other health issues.

They’re Quiet

Some cats are very vocal when it comes to purring and letting their families know they are hungry, happy or annoyed. The Scottish Fold, however, is not a vocal cat. This cat is actually very quiet. Even when it purrs, it’s not really noticeable unless you’re listening for it and the rest of the house is very quiet. There’s no real reason they’re not very loud, they just aren’t. It’s not that they can’t be, they just choose not to be as vocal as some other breed of cats.

They’re Lazy

These are not cats that love to be very active. They do have an occasional burst of energy that makes them want to run around like crazy animals (pun intended) for a little while. However, they are mostly just lazy cats that don’t bother with doing too much as far as activities go. They’d prefer to sleep all day, lounge on something soft and just hang out. In fact, they’re well known for having their owners carry them around since they’d rather not walk at all if they can avoid the act.

They All Come from One Cat

Every Scottish Fold in the world is a direct descendant of Susie, the first Scottish Fold ever found in Scotland way back when. This cat was bred with another cat which produced a litter of five. Those five were then bred with other normal cats and produced more Scottish Folds. From that point on, every cat that was ever born a Scottish Fold gets to call itself a direct descendant of Susie, the world’s earliest known Scottish Fold. If she had lived longer, she’d have tens of thousands of great-great-great-great-etc. grand kittens.

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