Facts about Scottish Fold Cats, "Scientific name for Scottish Fold Cat is Felis Catus". The "Scottish Fold Cat" can be traced back to the Scotland’s Tayside region. They were bred with a British Shorthair and than it began the development of what was first known as a "lop-eared cats" and later known as Scottish Fold Cats. Scottish Fold Cats have some strange habits, one is staying in weird positions, such as flat out on the floor like a little turtle, lying on his back with paws up in the air.
Although the Scottish Fold Cat is intelligent and sweet tempered, it is famous for easy adaptation to new people, environment and situations. Apart from being loyal, they tend to become familiar with one person of the family. It doesn’t mean that they don’t entertain others. They play with, allow other family members to cuddle and pet them as well, but their primary concern and attachment goes to one person. As soon as they are introduced to a household, they make it clear in mind that with whom they will be more familiar with. They enjoy attention, but anything that deals with them directly should be on their own terms.
They don’t enjoy sitting on the lap, rather they would sit along with you, beside you. They are devoted, but become demanding at times. They are active with game of fetch and carry that playful attitude through their adulthood. Breeding and health problems being the main difficulties, Scottish Folds have earned their standing in the cat world.
A Scottish Fold Cat can climb up a tree well but can not climb head first down a tree, because all the claws on a cat’s paw points the same direction, to get down from a tree, a Scottish Fold Cat has to back down. A Scottish Fold Cat can run at a top speed of about 30 mph (48.2 km) over a short distance. A Scottish Fold Cat rubs against a person to not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory. A Scottish Fold Cat does not like water because its fur is not insulate it well when it gets wet. A female Scottish Fold Cat is called a "queen or molly", male Scottish Fold Cat is called a "tom" and the name "clowder" is called a group and young or baby Scottish Fold Cats are called kittens. Scottish Fold Cats on average sleep 13 to 14 hours a day and when they are awake, the spend a lot of time licking themselves to keep themselves clean. Scottish Fold Cats help control rodents like small rats and mice where they live such as farm homes, warehouse their houses ect. Scottish Fold’s ears are folded. It is caused by a dominant gene which affects the ear cartilages. As the ears are folded, its head gives a rounded appearance. If you want to have a Scottish with folded ears, at least one of its parents needs to have so, for that it is a dominant gene. However, number of folds in their ears varies one cat to another.
Degenerative joint disease, mostly in the tail and can also be in the knee and ankle joints, causing the Scottish Fold Cat poor mobility or pain. If it develops stiffness in the tail, it’s important to handle the care. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is a form of heart disease and can develop in the Scottish Fold Cat breed, but has not been proven to be hereditary. The health may have deformities if the cat owner gets a bit more passionate about the ear folds. The gene responsible for folding of the cartilage also affects other bones and cartilages. When two Scottish Folds with folded ears are crossed, the kitten usually has more number of folds in its ear and such kittens don’t live long. They show severe health hazards and die out of painful sickness. However, the hearing abilities of the cat doesn’t get hampered with any number of folds in a Scottish Fold’s ear.
Scottish Fold Cats have an average weight around 8.7 to 11 pounds (3.9 to 5 kg). Scottish Fold Cats have very sharp hearing and their sense of smell is fantastic. Scottish Fold Cats average life span is around 12 to 15 years.
Scottish Fold Cats can see at levels of light six time lower than a human, this is why Scottish Fold Cats can catch mice so easily at night. Scottish Fold Cats outer ear uses 32 muscles to control it, and a human has only 6 muscles in its ear and a cat can move its ears 180 degrees. A Scottish Fold Cat can move their ears independently. The cat's hairball is called a "bezoar" (meaning a concretion or calculus found in the intestines or stomach of certain animals, in particular ruminants, formerly alleged to be an effective cure for poison). A Scottish Fold Cats back is highly flexible because of its 53 loosely fitting vertebrae. The body of a Scottish Fold Cat has 230 bones. While a human body has 206. Compared to a humans who only have 34. The average Scottish Fold Cat temperature of a cat is 101.5 °F. The Scottish Fold Cats heart beats at 110 to 140 a minute, That is almost twice as fast as a human heart. A Scottish Fold Cats has 30 teeth while a kittens has about 26 teeth that they will lose at about 6 months of age. A Scottish Fold Cat has the ability to jump up to six times its length.
A Scottish Fold Cat averages about 12 whiskers on both side of its face. A Scottish Fold Cats jaw can not move sideways, there for a cat can not chew large pieces of food. The reason why Scottish Fold Cats can squeeze through very small spaces is that they have no collarbone and free-floating clavicle bones that their shoulders are attach to their forelimbs, that's why a Scottish Fold Cat can fit through a hole the same size as its head and they use their whiskers to determine if they can fit through the space. "Fear of a cats Ailurophobia".