Scottish Fold cats are famous for their unique, curled ears. In reality, all Scottish fold cats are born with normal, straight ears that *might* start to curl over about three to six weeks of age. Surprise! There is even a chance that your Scottish Fold cat might never have curled ears at all. Just as with human babies, when your mother has suffered some kind of ear infection, you may see the condition develops into “curliness” – meaning your kitten or adult cat will start to show signs of ear curling up when he or she is a young adult. You’ll just have to wait it out, and when your pet returns to its “normal” state, your kitten or adult will have developed the “curliness” as a result of an ear infection.
When considering whether your Scottish fold cat should be considered a purebred, remember that many of the common breeds have been crossbred over the years in order to produce more vigor (speed) and better hearing. These animals were crossed with Siamese, Persian, and a host of other breeds. Over time, the crossing of these various breeds produced these “Cats”, and the common name we give to such a breed is Barn Cat. Many of the most popular domestic cats that people like to own are purebreds, including Maine Coon, Persian, and Cocker Spaniel.
Another possibility for your kitty is a mutation of the Scottish fold cat. It is very rare for this to occur, but it is possible. The two most likely places to find a mutation include a female that was already pregnant when she was crossed with another male, or a male that had a serious medical condition. After his health improved, he could have bred with other felines to create a viable carrier line.
There is also one very common health condition that can make a Scottish fold cats tail floppy. This is called “belly rubbing”, or “scooting”. It is actually caused by a thyroid irregularity. Because the common health condition causes the body to make an excess of the hormone thyroid, the cats’ tails become very floppy when they are sick.
You may have heard of “tummy tuck” surgery, which is performed on Scottish folds. This is not the same as it sounds, however. Instead of cutting out the belly of the afflicted animal, the surgeon actually rearranges the organs in its abdominal region. Because of this unique surgery, tummy tucks rarely cure the cause of a flaccid tail. However, it does remove the symptoms and makes walking possible.
It’s important to note that many Scottish Fold cats suffer from problems with their eyesight. Unlike most other breeds, which have good eyesight because they are born with perfect eyesight, the Scotland cat is born with its eyesight condition. Cats with this condition have a problem with the way they look at things. When they get up in the morning, their eyes are often very large and their vision is blurry. This condition can be overcome with the right accessories, but the Scottish Fold kitten may not be able to see well without them.