Scottish Fold

A pet owner's guide to Scottish fold cats

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These cats take their name from their unique ears, which are normal at birth but, thanks to the work of Scottish fold breeders, go on to develop a single, double or triple fold within the first few weeks of life. Scottish fold cats come in two distinct varieties: short-haired and long-haired.


As the story goes, the first Scottish fold was spotted by a farmer in Scotland during the 1960s. Though its folded ears were considered an anomaly, the cat was undeniably adorable. Scottish fold breeders took over from there, creating one of the cutest and most beloved feline breeds in the world.


Size: Full-grown females average 6 to 9 pounds in weight, with males tipping the scales at about 9 to 13 pounds. A Scottish fold purebred cat is medium in size, with a rounded head and body.

Coat: The short-haired variant has a plush, soft and even coat, not unlike the fur seen in the Russian blue breed. Long-haired Scottish fold cats have a wispier appearance when fur is allowed to grow, though clipped fur on the face and legs is considered desirable in show cats.

Eyes & Ears: Golden eyes are the most common, though this breed can also have blue, green, blue-green and mixed-color eyes. In general, the eyes are broadly spaced. The ears are the breed's identifying characteristic and lay folded over towards the head. The ears of cats with double or triple creases may actually lay more or less flat against the skull.

Tail: These cats have flexible tails. The short-haired Scottish fold cat has a soft, fur-lined tail, while long-haired cats have bushy tails covered in frizzy hair.


With its soft, gentle meows and sweet, affectionate temperament, it's little wonder this breed has endeared itself so deeply to cat lovers. A Scottish fold kitten makes a good addition to a multi-pet household, as it will adapt well to other animals.

Health and Care

Grooming: Long-haired cats shed more profusely than their short-haired cousins and may need more attentive brushing to remove dead fur. Otherwise, these cats will more or less groom themselves, though regular professional care will benefit long-haired animals.

Activity Level: These cats display varying energy levels, from low to high, depending on each individual's temperament. However, most Scottish fold cats enjoy a romp in the outdoors, due to their origins in the Scottish countryside.

Health Problems: This breed is susceptible to a heart condition known as feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Feline distemper can also be a problem in older cats. On the whole, though, this breed is hardy and healthy.

Average Lifespan: Scottish folds live an average of 12 to 14 years.

Tracking Down Scottish Fold Cats for Sale

When it comes to Scottish fold cats, demand usually exceeds supply. Expect reputable breeders to charge as much as $1,000 or more for healthy, vaccinated, pet-quality Scottish fold kittens. Breeding- and show-quality cats sell for much more. Prospective owners may be placed on waiting lists or entered into lotteries for available kittens.

Posted by Jan on December 01,2010 at 12:01 PM
My Scottish Fold just had kittens, I am in Southeast Missouri, Humansville, about 50 miles north of Springfield, Missouri, I think at least one of the kittens is a female. they are just going on 2 weeks old,
Posted by Daniel on July 08,2016 at 08:09 PM
Getting any more Scottish Fold kittens any time soon?
Posted by Veronica Hasty on May 02,2012 at 07:49 PM
Definitely looking for one. Please email me ASAP, how much are you asking?
Posted by alex on December 15,2010 at 07:21 PM
hi, jan just wondering how much you are asking for your kittens?
Posted by Anna on December 17,2011 at 10:44 PM
Hello Jan, I have the same question as Alex. -Anna
Posted by Bernadette Giacalone on July 10,2010 at 08:29 PM
I am looking for a female scottish fold kitten folded ear. I dont understand why they are so expensive if they are pet quality. If I bred dogs or cats for that matter, I would not sell them for so much. Lets not forget that finding a good home for them is paramount. I have 2 Boston Terriers, both pet quality and both are like the queen and king in this house. I give all my pets a wonderful home. If anyone has a Scottish Fold kitten that is reasonably priced, please contact me at It will have a wonderful home with a brother and sister waiting to share it with her.
Posted by Madison Miles on May 28,2010 at 06:10 PM
how much are scottish fold kittens?
Posted by kathryn karch on May 25,2010 at 08:36 PM
we recently lost our little girl fold to kidney disease. Are all of you kittens as high as $1,000.00? I cant afford that but if you know anyone selling a scottish fold, st ear, not for breeding or showing and no papers needed. just proof of health please get in touch with me at 951-679-6613 or
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