Munchkin cat Scottish Fold mix

scottish-fold

Breed

Scottish fold

Physical Description

The Scottish fold cat breed is characterized by its unique appearance. Scottish folds display surprisingly round features: a round face, emphasized by flat ears; large, circular eyes; a short snout (compared to other cat breeds); and a round body structure with short to medium legs.

The distinctive “folded” ears face forward and down toward the face. The fold is caused by a naturally occurring dominant-gene mutation that creates a crease in the cat’s ear cartilage.

Scottish folds are medium-sized cats. Males typically weigh between 9 and 13 pounds, whereas females typically weigh between 6 and 9 pounds.

However, because of recent breeding strategies, some Scottish folds express the “munchkin” gene — a naturally occurring genetic mutation that causes shortened forelegs and hind legs. These cats are commonly referred to as Scottish kilts. However, some consider this to be a controversial breeding practice.

Scottish folds can be found with long or short hair and in a variety of fur colors and patterns.

Origin

The first Scottish fold was reportedly found roaming a farm in Perthshire, Scotland, circa 1961. Her name was Susie; she had white fur, and a man named William Ross took one of her kittens that also shared her folded ear trait.

Ross was known for being a cat aficionado, and he registered the breed with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) in 1966. Following the registration, Ross partnered with Pat Turner, a geneticist, to expand the breed’s population. They discovered that a dominant gene caused the trait.

Because of issues with ear infections, deafness and mites, along with deformed limbs and tails, the Scottish fold was sent to America and crossed with both British and American shorthairs. After elimination of these genetic abnormalities, the Scottish fold was allowed Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA) registration status in 1974.

Temperament

The temperament of Scottish folds strongly reflects their non-aggressive appearance. Laid-back by nature, Scottish folds are elegantly playful and love attention. Mellow and sociable, they prefer to lounge in company, but they are also perfectly content sitting near their companions. They are incredibly loyal and will establish strong bonds with one or more people in a household — regularly following the chosen person from room to room, waiting for recognition or a friendly pat.

Even though Scottish folds demonstrate gregarious behaviors, they rarely vocalize for attention (unless an empty food bowl requires attention). When they do express themselves vocally, their meow is relatively quiet.

The food bowl demands will vary with each cat, and the Scottish fold in this video is quite vocal about wet food:

Overall, Scottish folds are famed for their highly adaptive and even-keeled attitudes, making it easy to introduce them to new pets, people and settings.

Exercise Needs

Scottish folds will live as sedentary indoor cats if given the opportunity, but if they’re allowed outdoors they will gladly spend time roaming and hunting in the yard and neighborhood. After all, their ancestors were farm cats.


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I have a munchkin. The disposition

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Varies from cat to cat but the ones I've been around have been very lovey and playful. They tend to stay "kittenish" longer and they do NOT have any trouble doing anything a cat with long legs does. They can have the common health problems of most cats and may(mine didn't/don't)sometomes have later life arthritis/joint disorders. Cattery cats from bad catteries also have a higher risk of URI,FIP and other "communal" diseases.
When you find a breeder/s look for cleanliness,check bloodlines and breeding records,ask to see vet records/tests and see where the cats are kept(i.e not caged unless in season) ask for references from other show people and buyers

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FAQ

MILLIlS
Cats- Is there a toy/breed? What is the smallest cat breed ?

I don't think there is a breed that is smallest, like in dogs, I think there are small individuals, like in people.

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Munchkin cats?

I looking for a munchin kitten in orlando FL, does anybody know is there a breeder in Orlando, FL? thanks

I would do a google search for Munchkin cat breeders. Or get a Cat Fancy Magazine they have Munchkin cat breeders advertisments in the back of the magazine. Be careful buying Munchkins. They have inherited Heart problems that come with the minature legs. 70% of Munchins born with the dwarfed legs have weak or enlarged hearts. Its just a thing that runs in the genetics because of the severe inbreeding amoung close relatives to get the dwarfed legs. Be sure they are fully vetted and if they arent i would go right to the vet after you buy one and have his heart checked.
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Smallest cat breed?

Singapuras are officially the smallest cat breed in the world. Weighing only 4 pounds is not unusual for a full grown female Singapura cat. On average, female cats weigh 5-6 pounds, and males are 6-8 pounds.

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