Scottish Fold Health Tips
When it comes time to buy your Scottish Fold Kitten, there are a few things you should do to make sure that your kitten is healthy.
- Make sure that the kitten is ready to leave the home. This is a pretty obvious point, and it’s really more the responsibility of the breeder to decide when the kitten is ready to go to a new home, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. It is common for kittens to remain with the mother for several months before being ready to be adopted by a new owner.
- When buying a new kitten, you should get a health guarantee and contract. This is to the benefit of both the buyer and the seller. If the kitten gets sick, the seller would want to know before selling any of the other kittens.
- If possible, meet with the seller and see what the living conditions are like for the kittens. The living area should be clean, and well looked after. They should have plenty of room and there shouldn’t be an over-crowding problem. You should also be able to tell whether the kitten has been socialized around people. Does the kitten run away at the sight of you – or do they approach you? This could also just be a case of the kitten needing more time to adapt to people before being adopted.
- Scottish Folds in particular are susceptible to polycystic kidney disease and cardiomyopathy. Does this mean that you shouldn’t get a Scottish Fold? Not at all – it’s just something that you should be aware of when talking to breeders about the history of their Scottish Folds. They will be able to tell you about the health of their breeders, and whether or not there has been any history of these problems in past litters.
- Osteochondrodysplasia is responsible for the folded ears that you see in Scottish Folds, and as such – all Scottish Folds possess it. Their folded ears, however, do not result in hearing problems. Reputable breeders will not breed two Scottish Folds together, since it increases the risk of severe osteochondrodysplasia. They will also insist that the kitten is spayed or neutered to ensure that inexperienced breeding does not produce this.
So what should you gather from all of this? Talk to your breeder. You’re bound to have questions before buying a kitten, so it’s a perfect opportunity to bring up some of the points listed above. Any reputable breeder will know about all of the information above, and has already taken the appropriate measures to ensure that their animals are healthy. This advice really goes beyond Scottish Folds as well. Regardless of what breed you are considering – take the time and bring up the topic of health and wellness with your breeder. Educating yourself is the best thing you can do before buying your very own Scottish Fold!