Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold is a cat breed which originated in Scotland in the 1960s. It is not recognised by the GCCF due to severe welfare concerns.


Blue Scottish FoldThe Scottish Fold has distinctive floppy ears which are caused by a genetic mutation affecting the cartilage throughout the body.  This causes them to have painful lives which are often cut short due to severe arthritis.


The mutation that causes the folded ears also causes problems with the cartilage in the rest of the body.  This is particularly true if two ‘folded’ cats are bred together, but any cat with the folded ear appearance will be affected.  The cartilage deformity leads to severe arthritis, which is a lifelong painful condition.

For ethical reasons, along with the GCCF, BVA and many others, we do not recommend breeding or buying Scottish Fold cats.

Further reading

Should Scottish Fold cats be banned? – BBC website

Scottish Fold disease – osteochondrodysplasia – International Cat Care

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