Animal-World’s Featured Pet of the Week: The Scottish Fold Cat!

April 7, 2013 by  
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The Scottish Fold Cat

Animal-World’s Featured Pet for this week is: The Scottish Fold Cat!

I thought that because there have been a couple recent cat posts I would write about an interesting cat breed this week. The Scottish Fold Cat! Has anyone ever owned one of these? They are not as popular as regular pet cats, but they are definitely popular as show cats! Of course, these cats are known by their peculiar ears. They have very small ears which fold forward and down. These ears are caused by a genetic mutation, making Scottish Fold Cats a Mutation Cat Breed. The ears are also a reason many people love this personable cat!

The Scottish Fold Cat actually has a reputation for being a great pet! Other than their intriguing appearance, they are also very friendly, adaptable cats. They get along well with most people and other pets, and can be kept as either indoors or outdoors cats. Generally being calm cats, they enjoy attention and affection, but they also love their fair share of playing and hunting. This makes them great for both families in huge houses and lots of kids, and for quiet apartments with only their owner. And of course, they make awesome show cats because of their unique appearance!

Here is the interesting history on the Scottish Fold Cat. The very first one recognized was born in Perthshire, Scotland on a farm in 1961. The cat was named Susie and and she later had a folded ear kitten named Snooks. Snooks then had a kitten named Snowdrift. Snowdrift was used by a breeder in London to earnestly try and continue the folded ear trait. That breeder was named Pat Turner. This cat was recognized as a new breed, although there were people who did not agree with it. This is mostly because they claimed the folded ears could become infected more readily and were hard to clean. However the Cat Association in England accepted the Scottish Fold Cat breed in 1983. The United States recognized the breed even earlier in 1973. By the 1990’s The Scottish Fold Cat was in the top ten popular pedigree breeds! Other cats with folded ears include the American Curl Cat, whose ears fold backwards rather than forwards. Another interesting tidbit is that the very first cat with folded ears to ever be recorded was in the 1880’s! This cat seems to have been brought by ship to Europe from China, but it is unknown whether any more folded ear cats came from that one.

The care and maintenance of the Scottish Fold Cat is that of most other typical cats. These cats are regular sized, weighing 6 to 13 pounds. They live a typical cat lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Grooming them once a week will keep their hair free of mats and keep them looking their best. There are long-hair varieties which may require more grooming, especially if you are showing them. As I mentioned earlier, these guys are quite adaptable and can live in most human environments! From huge farms to small apartments. And they most often get along with other cats and other pets (including dogs!).

For those of you interested in breeding Scottish Fold Cats, there are some things that you need to know. First, you should never breed a Scottish Fold Cat with another Scottish Fold Cat. This is because 25% of the kittens will have grave abnormalities which result in a lower quality of life and a shortened lifespan. You should always breed your Scottish Fold Cat with a non-Scottish Fold Cat. In this scenario, 50% of the kittens will have the folded ear trait. The other 50% will look typical, but none of them will come up with life-threatening abnormalities.

Usually health problems arise when two Scottish Fold Cats are bred together. Some of the kittens can have abnormalities which include stiffened and shortened legs and tails. This is because of some of the vertebrae being fused together. Nothing can be done to help these cats, other than give them medication to help with pain. They don’t live very long or very happy lives. Quite sad. Other than this situation, Scottish Fold Cats are usually quite healthy when taken care of!

Is your curiosity piqued? If you are interested in Scottish Fold Cats, breeders can be found across the United States. Prices are anywhere from $300 to $750 depending on age and traits. Kittens are more expensive than adults because that is their prime showing age.

Jasmine is a team member at Animal-World and has contributed many articles and write-ups.

Animal-World’s Featured Pet of the Week: the Cornish Rex Cat

January 9, 2012 by  
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Cornish Rex Cat

Animal-World’s Featured Pet for this week is: The Cornish Rex Cat!

Cats are one of the most popular pets, with there being many different types to choose from! The Cornish Rex Cat is one of the relatively new breeds of cat developed and is quite unique looking. It is a great family cat simply because of its friendly disposition and many people appreciate their low-maintenance, short, and soft coat of hair. The reason their hair is so soft is because it has only a downy undercoat with hardly any top-coat coarse hairs. This translates to little grooming and hardly any shedding, which also helps to prevent allergies in people around this cat who normally have cat allergies.

The Cornish Rex Cat is a very social cat and loves its human companions, as well as other animals! It can come in a variety of different personalities – from a lounging, loving lap cat to a very playful and active athletic cat. They are good indoor cats, and because of their short coat, they actually prefer it most of the time – being unable to deal with extreme hot and cold temperatures. They do like to “talk” a lot and can become quite loud – however most owners say they are not quite as loud/high-pitched as Siamese cats are!

The Cornish Rex Cat has a very interesting history. They are a fairly new breed, having only been first discovered on July 21st in 1950 from an observed genetic mutation. This happened in Cornwall, England on a farm. Because it was a genetic mutation that caused its distinct look, it is considered a Mutation Cat Breed. The Cornish Rex Cat looks a lot like the Devon Rex Cat, however these cats have two different genes that control their curly looking hair. It does share the same gene with the German Rex Cat though, which it also looks similar to. It was recognized as a true breed in 1964 in America and in 1967 in Britain. Since then, it has been bred with several other breeds – including Siamese, Burmese, Russian Blues, and British Shorthairs to increase its stamina. Right now you can find breeders of the Cornish Rex Cat in the United States, England, and Australia. Prices can range anywhere from $200 to $1200 when bought from a reputable breeder and depending on the area.

The care of the Cornish Rex Cat is similar to most other cats – a protein based diet works well and can be supplied with a good commercially prepared cat food. Making sure your cat has access to fresh water every day and a clean litter box if kept indoors are also requirements. Providing toys to indoor cats will help keep them entertained. As I stated before – they only require minimal grooming. Actually, you don’t want to groom them too much because it can actually cause baldness! These cats are overall very healthy cats and have no particular health problems. Also as mentioned above, because they only have the downy undercoat and not an overcoat, they are sensitive to extreme temperatures – but this should not be a problem if kept indoors or if they are only let outside in mild climates.

If you are thinking about obtaining a Cornish Rex Cat for showing purposes or simply to have a unique breed of cat, feel free to read more information on them and their care at Animal-World’s Cornish Rex Cat page!

Jasmine is a team member at Animal-World and has contributed many articles and write-ups.

Mutation Cat Breeds

October 22, 2011 by  
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Mutation Cat BreedsMutation Cat Breeds
"There’s always an odd-ball in every family,… but when what’s "odd" is so darn cute, it becomes a whole new super cat!"

Breeds of cats that feature mutations are some of most interesting breeds!

Cat breeds that feature mutations have been developed specifically for those mutations. These include, short legs, folded ears, and sometimes extra toes! These mutations all occur naturally and are then bred by humans to keep those mutations and enhance them. Most of these breeds are recognized by cat associations only fairly recently. This is in comparison to natural cat breeds which have been recognized for a much longer time… Read more

More about Mutation Cat Breeds!