Scottish Fold Shorthair Cats & Kittens for Sale

Scottish Fold Shorthairs are extraordinary cats indeed. Despite their adorable folded ears, these kitties are incredibly affectionate, cuddly, and mellow. This breed occurred naturally in the early 1960s when a barn cat in Scotland was discovered with folded ears from a gene mutation.

As a new breed, there is still much to learn about these owl-like felines, and there is some concern over how this genetic mutation may affect these kitties’ health. As a result, GCCF do not recognise this breed, contrary to TICA and CFA. 

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Meet the Scottish Fold Shorthair

Scottish Fold Shorthairs are medium-sized cats with a rounded body and head structure. Their legs are slightly shorter than average, giving them a stocky look. Males are usually larger, weighing 9 to 13 lbs and females are noticeably smaller at 6 to 9 lbs. The second most distinctive facial feature of a Scottish Shorthair is their large, round eyes. You will also notice how the top of their head has a dome shape, and their necks are very short.

Interestingly, Scottish Fold Shorthairs are not born with folded ears. Instead, their ears are straight for the first month before they gradually drop due to the dominant gene that affects the ear cartilage. Also, the original Scottish Fold Shorthairs only had one crease in their ears. Now, because of selective breeding, most have a double or triple fold, making them appear completely flat.

Scottish Fold Shorthairs have a thick but short coat that feels soft to the touch. They can come in almost any colour and have a solid shade or a combination of tones. Popular colours are silver-blue, Calcio, or Tabby. Their short coat is super easy to care for, requiring virtually no maintenance.

One grooming requirement that every Scottish Fold has, though, is regular ear cleaning. Their lop-sided ears build up wax quickly and are more prone to mites and infections than other breeds. Therefore you will need to clean them once a week. If you create this habit while they are a kitten, they will adapt quickly to the regime and enjoy the quality time with you that it brings.

The temperament of a Scottish Fold Shorthair

Scottish Fold Shorthairs are an extremely affectionate breed with a peaceful and gentle temperament. They are calm, yet they can have very playful outbursts and love to explore. These curious kitties find everything exciting and love to play games, use their scratch posts, and “play prey” with their toy mice.

They also have an ideal balance between social interaction and independence. While Scottish Folds love to be around their humans and make excellent lap cats, they are also happy to chill alone if you work during the day. Their laid-back nature makes them a brilliant addition to all types of family homes, including those with children and other pets, as they adapt very well to changes.

Scottish Fold Shorthairs are generally pretty quiet, and when they do meow, it’s a gentle sounding voice that you will hear. They are not needy cats nor require lots of exercise, but a couple of short, interactive play sessions will help keep them both happy and in shape. As their ancestors were barn cats, these animals also enjoy playing outside.

10 reasons to add a Scottish Fold Shorthair to your family

  1. They are quirky - Scottish Folds have many adorable personality quirks. Two of the most popular are laying on their back and sitting in a Buddha position with their legs stretched out in front and paws resting on their belly.
  2. They love to cuddle - These kitties love attention and touch, which is lucky considering every time you look at their sweet face, you’ll want to cuddle them!
  3. They are not needy - While they are highly affectionate, a Scottish Fold Shorthair will never demand your attention. This makes them an easy feline to live with and a joy to have around.
  4. They get on with everyone - Scottish Folds are super laid back and will happily coexist with any other pet. Likewise, they have no issue being around small children either.
  5. They adapt well to change - While some cats get anxious from a house move or a significant change to their environment, Scottish Folds take everything in their stride.
  6. They are quiet - You’ll never hear a Scottish Fold before you see them as they have a tranquil nature. They will walk over to you and perch on your lap, with the only sound being their lovely deep purr.
  7. Their fur does not matt - Their short coat practically takes care of itself and is not prone to matting nor need regular brushing.
  8. They are smart - While they may have a physical deformity, their genetic mutation does not affect their brain. They are highly intelligent and can even pick up on your emotions and comfort you when you are down.
  9. Celebrities love them - These kitties have recently risen to fame thanks to pop stars like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran opting for this adorable feline.
  10. They have a unique and cute look - Scottish Fold Shorthairs are certainly an aesthetically distinct breed. Their floppy ears and large eyes prove irresistible to many cat lovers.

Best homes for a Scottish Fold Shorthair

Scottish Fold Shorthairs are easy-going and adaptable, so they suit most family environments. Unlike some breeds, a Scottish Fold Shorthair does not mind staying at home alone. They have medium energy levels, so providing you leave plenty of stimulation, they will not display signs of distress.

However, they are still social animals, so if you work away from home, be sure to shower them with affection before and after your return. Scottish Fold Shorthairs love to cuddle on the couch, so if you like to settle down for an evening of Netflix, this kitty will be the perfect companion for you.

This breed is also great with other children, thanks to their gentle nature. They will not lash out, but of course, it’s always wise to supervise young children around any cat. Scottish Fold Shorthairs also adore being around other animals. So, if you work out of the house, we recommend getting your furry owl a friend to play with while you’re away.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scottish Fold Shorthair Kittens

Why should I choose a Scottish Fold Shorthair from The Pedigree Paws rather than elsewhere?
Unfortunately, not every breeder and breeding facility prioritises kitten health and wellbeing. However, for us, ensuring kittens are bred most ethically and taken good care of is vital. So we created our matchmaking agency for cat lovers in Britain and Europe to have a trustworthy go-to company. To give you total assurance, we ensure all our breeders are certified and licensed. What’s more, we only work with those who treat each Scottish Fold kitten as their own, taking top-notch care of their health and wellbeing. So, regardless of if you’re choosing a Scottish Fold Shorthair or another breed, you’ll have total confidence that they come from one of the most passionate breeders around.
Is a Scottish Fold Shorthair the right kitten for me?
Scottish Fold Shorthairs are full of personality and make an ideal companion for most families. They are super affectionate, so they are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a cuddly lap cat. Plus, despite doting on their humans, they are not attention seekers and have a good level of independence. This means they generally do okay when left alone. They are also great with children and other animals; in fact, we recommend getting them a furry friend if possible.
Is The Pedigree Paws trustworthy?
Bringing a new pet into your home should always be a joyful experience, but with many unethical breeders around, this is not always the reality. We created The Pedigree Paws matchmaking agency to fight against these rogue breeding facilities and hold a space for breeders who are genuinely passionate about animals. As a result, we provide a trustworthy and stress-free platform for cat lovers to use when looking for a new pet. You only have to read through our success stories on our testimonials page to see how our hard work has paid off. We’re very proud of all the happy partnerships between animal lovers and kittens that we have facilitated.
Are Scottish Fold Shorthairs from The Pedigree Paws healthy?
Kitten health is our number one priority, particularly with breeds that have genetic mutations, like the Scottish Fold. Therefore, all our partner breeders are required to follow comprehensive health protocols. These include having a licensed vet give each kitten a full health checkup before advertising them for sale. Another protocol our breeders follow is to run DNA checks on both parents of the Scottish Fold kittens. A DNA check shows the kitten’s heritage and their parent’s health history. This is especially important for this breed, considering their health predispositions. Plus, as we want this process to be convenient and stress-free for you, our Scottish Fold breeders will deworm, vaccinate and microchip your new kitten beforehand.
When can I receive my new Scottish Fold Shorthair?
To ensure sufficient development, every Scottish Fold kitten should stay with their mother and littermates until they are eight weeks old, at the very minimum. However, staying together until they are 10 to 13 weeks old is much better for the kitten’s wellbeing, so we aim towards this timescale. Of course, some kittens will be ready before, so we always work with the breeder to decide the best date for the kitten. Your breeder will confirm with you when your baby fold is ready.
Can I see the parents of a Scottish Fold Shorthair kitten before purchase?
Because of this breed’s history and health concerns, we recommend you take precautions before buying a Scottish Fold. To assist you, we’ll arrange for you to have a video call with the breeder where you can see the kitten’s parents. We find this gives customers greater peace of mind that your Scottish Fold Shorthair will grow into a healthy cat with no underlying medical issues.
Will I receive the pedigree documents of my Scottish Fold Shorthair?
The Cat Fanciers’ Association is currently the only international breeding organisation recognising Scottish Fold Shorthairs as a pedigree breed. All our breeders register their kittens with this organisation before selling them, though, so you will still receive official pedigree documents.
Do your Scottish Fold Shorthair kittens come from good breeders?
Kitten breeders can only list their animals on The Pedigree Paws platform once they prove they follow the regulations required by international pedigree organisations. These companies put these protocols in place to protect the welfare of animals and ensure ethical breeding. At The Pedigree Paws, we have in-house breeder requirements, too, such as ensuring each breeder raises their kittens with the mother and treats them like family pets. In short, we are not interested in working with breeders who are only concerned about making money. This vigilant action gives our customers total assurance that their Scottish Fold kittens come from top British and European breeders.
Are your Scottish Fold Shorthair kittens raised in a family home or a breeding facility?
We choose not to support any commercial breeding facilities as these organisations operate unethically. In these environments, the kittens often stay in cages separate from their mothers, which, as you can imagine, can be detrimental to their health and wellbeing. It is much more ethical to raise kittens in a family home together with their mum and siblings. In this setting, the kittens remain healthy and happy and get to socialise with humans and other animals too. This allows them to settle in quickly when they go to their forever home. It also means that you won’t have to deal with any behavioural problems resulting from early weaning.
How can I help my Scottish Fold Shorthair settle into my home?
Luckily you are choosing one of the most adaptable and easy-going cat breeds. Most Scottish Fold cat owners find their shorthair kittens settle in instantly and quickly attach to their new humans. However, as with all breeds, each kitten’s personality differs, so it’s still best to take precautions when bringing them home. To help them adapt to their new home, ask the breeder to send your kitten with something containing their mother’s scent, such as a towel. The mother cat’s scent contains pheromones that are incredibly relaxing for kittens, meaning they won’t freak out on the journey. Then, once your Scottish Fold kitten arrives, avoid overwhelming them by confining them to one room for the first day.