Scottish Fold kittens: description of the breed, photo
Scottish Fold kittens are the sweetest creatures that just love to be near their people, participating in everything they do. From this article you will learn everything about the history of the creation of this unusual breed, we will study the nature and personal qualities of pets, as well as analyze the methods of caring for animals, learn to distinguish a purebred cat from a crossed species.
History of creation
Often the creation of a new breed of cats depends on a natural genetic mutation that unexpectedly occurs in an ordinary cat. So it was with lop-eared kittens, which were absolutely suddenly born. Today, representatives of this species can trace their roots, starting in 1961. In those years, a white cat, Suzy, was born in Scotland and was born with unusual folded ears. She was taken to the farm as a simple mousetrap, until one shepherd, William Ross, who was interested in these animals, did not notice Susie.
The shepherd waited until the cat brings the offspring to take care of, breeding and studying lop-eared kittens. He got a girl named Snooks, which later began to bring offspring for breeding. So, one of the males became the forefather of a huge family tree, from which animals such as British kittens were taken out.
Reason for the fold
Other breeders were involved, and it was found that a gene mutation that affects the development of characteristic ears is dominant. This means that if one of the parents passed the gene for straight ears, and the other - the gene for the folded ones, then the lop-eared kittens should be born (mostly).
Scottish cats were first introduced to the United States in 1971. By the mid-70s, they were recognized by most cat associations in North America. Then the animals were divided into two types: Scottish Shorthair and British Shorthair. However, long-haired breeds that were bred from Suzie's offspring were noted (and are still marked). Ironically, lop-eared kittens are not recognized as a unique breed in their country of origin due to concernsthat the folded ear can lead to infections or deafness, because with the development of the fetus, cartilage is deformed primarily.
Scottish Fold kittens, as well as adult individuals, are distinguished not only by the unusual shape of the ears. The main feature of all pets is the habit of posing always and everywhere. They will sit on the floor like little frogs in the middle of a room; This will raise all the legs up, while they will lie on their backs. You can assume that their ears are less mobile than those of cat-straights, but this is not so. Scottish Fold kittens use them to communicate quite effectively and often, adding very noticeable actions when necessary.
When the lop-eared Scottish kitten appears in the house, everyone starts to notice how intelligent and moderately active the animal is. Pets of this breed simply adore toys that test agility, intelligence or logic. Favorite activities of the Fold Scots - the interaction with the human race.
Moreover, such animals should always be in the spotlight. They do everything to attract views.The main purpose of life of such cats is that they want to stay with their people for days without separation. That is why the lop-eared Scottish kitten is not suitable for those who spend a lot of time outside the house. After all, you can be sure that even after 10 hours, your pet will still be waiting for you to play with it or just sit next to you to watch TV.
Lop-eared British kitten can have a variety of health problems that are transmitted through genes from generation to generation. Despite this, pets can live an average of 15 years. Problems that may arise from the Scots:
- Degenerative diseases of the joints, especially in the tail, as well as in the ankles and knee joints, causing pain or weak mobility. It is important to carefully treat the tail if it has developed rigidity.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has been seen in the breed, but it has not yet been proven as a hereditary form of the disease.
Care and care
Scottish Fold kittens require more attention than you think:
- First, brush your pet's coat every week to remove dead hair and distribute skin oils.If you have a long-haired cat, then this procedure should be carried out twice a week to prevent the formation of matted tangles.
- Secondly, brush your teeth to prevent the development of periodontal diseases. Weekly oral hygiene is good, but daily is still better.
- Third, trim the claws every two weeks.
- Fourth, wipe the corners of the eyes with a soft, damp cloth every 1-2 days. Use separate tissue for each eye to reduce the risk of infection.
- Fifth, check your ears weekly, especially if they are tightly folded. If they look dirty, wipe them with a cotton ball or a soft damp cloth moistened with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and warm water in the ratio of 50:50. Avoid using cotton buds, which can damage the inside of the ear.
- Sixthly, keep the toilet of Scottish and British Fold kittens spotlessly clean. These cats are very specific when it comes to the toilet. A well-kept toilet will also help preserve the purity of the fur.
- Seventh, if you prefer to walk with a cat on the street, then you should buy a harness with a leash, because there are many cases when a British kitten and a Scottish fold kitten are stolen, because these pets are expensive.
- Lop-eared kittens (photo you can see in the article) are distinguished by small ears pressed, which resemble a cap on the head, eyes are large, and the skull itself is round. Therefore, these animals are often called owls.
- Fold kittens have ears literally bent in two, forming a double and sometimes triple fold. They are firmly pressed to the head, but sometimes animals are born with straight ears, which do not fold at all or fold, but at the age of three weeks.
- You will immediately recognize the lop-eared kittens. The photos added in this article will prove that these animals have eyes on the world with a sweet expression. The body of medium size is also rounded, as is the head, and it ends with a tail of medium length. In short-haired cats the cover is soft, plush. Long-haired breeds differ only in that the pile is much larger than that of the first Scots and British, and also the hips, legs, tails and head look more voluminous.
- There are no Scottish cats of the same color. Breeders have brought different breeds: and striped, and white, and two-tone, and multi-color. The same applies to the color of the eyes, which is directly related to the fur.For example, white and two-colored cats may have blue eyes, and often kittens are born with a different shade of the iris.
Interaction with children and other pets
Scottish cat - friendly and relaxed. It is an ideal choice for families with children and dogs. They love the attention they get from their children, especially if the children treat the pet politely and with respect.
This breed is unusual in every sense. Cats can live happily with dogs and other animals, but it all depends on their mood and upbringing. Usually it is necessary to acquaint different pets slowly, carefully and controlling the situation so that they learn to get along together.