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Scottish Fold

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Alert, intelligent and loyal, Scottish Folds are affectionate felines who will love spending time with you. They’re inactive cats, which will suit people with a slow and calm lifestyle.

Where I'm From

The Scottish Fold was first spotted in 1961, when a kitten with unusual ears was born on a Perthshire farm in Scotland.

As more and more were bred, it was discovered the gene for the folded ear was dominant, meaning if a fold was bred to a straight-eared cat, the litter would contain about half of each type.

As with most cat breeds, the history of the Scottish Fold isn’t without controversy. In Britain, concerns over the breed’s hearing and health, when folds were bred to folds, resulted in suspension of their registration. They did however continue to grow in numbers and popularity in the United States.

What I Look Like

Folds are very cute and adoring felines. Their unique look boasts a round head, folded ears and well spaced eyes. Like the Russian Blue, their whisker pads are prominent facial features, adding to the attractiveness of this placid cat.

Curiously, the Scottish Fold isn’t born with folded ears. Rather, the ears will begin to fold when the kitten is two or three weeks old. Another interesting side note, is kittens that don’t develop folded ears are called Scottish Shorthairs, and look similar to British Shorthairs.

But the ears are not the only feature that makes this cat easy on the eye. It comes in a plethora of colours and patterns, and with long and short coats, so you can take your pick!

How I Act

Scottish Folds have a calm, affectionate and placid nature, which makes them a suitable pet for elderly people, or those with mobility issues. They love companionship, which might make them unsuitable for people with busy lifestyles, but you can always get a second fold to keep the first one company if that’s the case!

Looking After Me

Scottish Folds will speak to the hearts of those who prefer a low maintenance cat, as little is required in the way of grooming. The feline’s double coat requires 20 minutes of brushing each week and your cat’s ears will need to be cleaned regularly.

Folds have no particular health concerns providing they are crossbred. Fold on Fold breeding is best avoided as it may produce kittens with spinal deformities.

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How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.