Both longhaired and shorthaired Scottish Folds are known to be very good natured, affectionate cats who are very human-orientated and become extremely attached to their owners. They are easy going and will appreciate the company of other pets in their household, especially if the human family members are out at work. They are also very playful, but not overly boisterous, and score extra marks for being a very softly spoken breed with a wide variety of quiet sounds often not found in other breeds. They tend to adopt very relaxed positions when resting, often sleeping on their backs, and sitting in a 'Buddha' position with their legs stretched out and paws resting on their stomachs!
If there going to be any joint deformities from breeding Fold-to-Fold, these will appear between four to six months of age, and a short thickened tail is a sign that may be missed in a longhaired kitten, so this should always be checked for carefully. However, many Scottish Folds do not suffer from any defects and lead a perfectly normal life, often up until about 15 years of age. In common with other cats, Scottish Folds need annual vaccination boosters against the common feline ailments of flu and enteritis, as well as against Feline Leukaemia if they go outdoors.
Caring for a Scottish Fold
Scottish Folds are not known to be fussy eaters and should eat most good quality proprietary brands of cat food, but will also enjoy treats of freshly cooked meat.. However, cows' milk will probably give them a stomach upset, and a bowl of water should always be available. The shorthaired Scottish Fold needs very little grooming, apart from stroking and gentle brushing to remove any loose hairs, although the longer haired varieties benefit from a regular combing to keep the coat free of knots and tangles.