What stands out in the Scottish Fold cat: of course, the folded ears. At first glance, you’d say that the Scottish Fold cat is just scared. In fact, the shape of the ears is genetically inherited. Together with the round face, they give the cat the appearance of a plush animal. This breed of cat from Scotland is considered very suitable for children, due to its calm and loving personality.
How Much Do Scottish Fold Kittens Cost?
Scottish fold kittens can be found in various colors, sizes, and shapes, so the costs will greatly depend on the type of cat you desire. As these cats are not that easy to find, their price will start at around $300 and go up to even more than $1,550. Though, most prices will be anywhere between $300 and $550. For a show-quality Scottish fold kitty, you will have to pay more than $1,550. Surprisingly, the ears will greatly influence the cost. For instance, if the cat has straight ears like a regular breed, the price will be half of one which has the well-known folded ears appearance.
Also, for an older cat, you will have to pay anywhere between $80 and $370.
According to the Cat Breeds List website, the cost of a Scottish Fold cat would be anywhere between $410 and $620.
What is going to be included in the adoption fee?
When you purchase a Scottish Fold cat from a reputable breeder, it should come with a microchip, registration papers, a travel crate if it is shipped, and a health check-up from a reputable vet. The majority of the shelters and breeders will firstly neuter or spay the cat before giving it to adoption. Also, there are breeders that will test the cat for Feline Leukemia before offering it for adoption. When adopting a cat, breeders and adoption agencies may also offer a starter pack that includes essential accessories, food, coupons, and toys.
What are the extra costs?
If you were to buy your cat from a different state then you should plan on paying for the shipping fees. In most cases, the breeders choose to ship the cat through airlines like American Airlines and Delta. The shipping costs would be anywhere between $180 and $370.
Expect to spend more than $550 per year for cat food, litter, toys, periodic vet check-up, and accessories. In the unfortunate situation that your cat would develop a health problem like diabetes or need surgery, then this cost would be much higher.
Scottish Fold kitten details
The most striking feature of the Scottish Fold is the folded ears. This makes the head look round and looks like an owl’s face. The folded ears form 3-4 weeks after birth. In normal kittens, the cartilage of the ear becomes stronger at this age and the ear begins to lift. This is not the case with Scottish Fold. In addition to the folded ears, these cats also have a wide nose. The tail corresponds to the length of the animal and the fur is fluffy and thick.
As for the weight, females weigh between 5.5 and 9 pounds, depending on how pampered they are by their owners. Males, on the other hand, can weigh up to 14 pounds.
Colors on the other hand can be black, reddish, white, or brown. Perhaps the most admired and sought-after color of the cat is gray. It also has other names such as Coupari, lop-eared cat, owl cat, Highland Fold, Scottish Fold Longhair, and Longhair Fold.
Properly cared for, Scottish Fold cats can live up to 15 years, sometimes even longer.
Important things to consider
The short, thick fur of the Scottish Fold cat is easy to care for and does not require special care, although brushing helps to remove dead hair. Scottish Fold cats find it difficult to clean their ears on their own, so owners need to remove wax or dirt from the outer ear to prevent ear infections.
The Scottish Fold has no special nutritional requirements. You can give them high-quality dry and wet food as a base. Keep in mind that it should have a high consistency of meat. Cat food should not contain any cereals or animal by-products at all. The nutrients that the Scottish Fold cat needs depend on its living conditions. For example, kittens or older cats need different amounts of nutrients. Disease and castration also play an important role and should be considered in the diet. Consult your veterinarian for more information.
Give your cat enough fresh water daily. Remember to never give it normal milk. Cats are lactose intolerant. This can lead to severe digestive problems. From time to time, you can give it special lactose-free cat milk. But it should not replace water, but should be seen as a simple snack.
Scottish Fold cats can suffer from a degenerative painful joint disease for life. This occurs when the mutation of Scottish Fold cats adversely affects the cartilage, the most obvious change being the bent cartilage of the ear. As the disease progresses, the wrists stiffen, the bones stick together, and the movement becomes more difficult and painful. Cats go from a slightly squeamish walk to a refusal to move.
Scottish Fold cats appreciate a clean environment. Clean the litter of feces and urine daily and wash it thoroughly once a week. If possible, you can arrange an enclosed balcony for your cat. Although Scottish Fold can be kept indoors without any problems, any cat is happy if the wind blows through its mustache. It is important that indoor cats have enough activity. That’s why you can give your Scottish Fold cat different toys. Raised platforms or climbing sets should not be missing from a cat house either. Although these cats like to be surrounded by humans, you should give them the opportunity to retreat.
How can I save money?
One of the easiest ways to save money on such a cat is to check if your local adoption agency has any available. Even though these cats are rare and hard to find if you are fortunate enough you will have to pay around $110 for the adoption fee.