WHO’STHATCAT? BY ERIKA SOROCCO
1It’s a teddy bear! It’s an owl! It’s a pixie!
Actually, you’re looking at a cat, but
you’re on the right track. Dubbed an
“owl in a cat suit” by breeders, the
Scottish Fold has earned a reputation as one adorable specimen given
her perma-Cheshire Cat grin; soulful,
oversized eyes; and folded ears.
Are the ears always folded?
Sometimes they fold, sometimes
they don’t — it’s a 50-50 chance that
breeders take with each litter, and
it depends on whether one parent
possesses the folded-ear gene.
Believe it or not, all Scottish Folds
are born with straight ears. It’s
not until they are 3 or 4 weeks
of age before their ears fold
downward — and sometimes,
they simply don’t. For show
purposes, however, only
cats sporting folded ears
can hit the ring.
Nope! While folded ears
look different, they are
quite similar to standard
straight ears, the main
difference being that
they require biweekly
cleaning, as wax tends
to build up quickly.
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