Scottish Fold cats have a charming "childish" look, beautiful body, silky hair, kind and sociable disposition. And, of course, the touching folded ears are the main attraction of the Scottish Folds. Prospective breeders who want to get good kittens need to do everything to get offspring with these distinctive breed characteristics and to avoid the appearance of possible defects.
For mating Scottish folds, Scottish straights are needed - cats of the same breed, but not with drooping, but with straight ears. Otherwise, they fully correspond to the breed characteristics - they have a slightly stretched body, silky hair, a small rounded head on a powerful neck. Straights are also found among Highland Folds - Scottish Folds with long hair.
Don't breed Scottish folds with British cats. Modern breed standards do not allow this - kittens turn out to be larger and more massive, their head and tail shape changes, and the wool structure of the British is different. Such a kitten is unlikely to be able to become a champion of the show and obtain the right to breed. Never breed two cats with drooping ears - their offspring are guaranteed birth defects in the form of problems with the spine and limbs, as well as general weakness of the body.
A club that specializes in Scottish Folds can help you find the right partner for your cat. They will help you to choose a cat of a certain color, which can give interesting and promising offspring. If you own a fold cat, the club will help you test the quality of the ears inherent in the line partner's straight.
Agree with the owner about the mating fee. Usually, the owner of the cat gives the owners of the cat one kitten from the litter. At the same time, the owner of the straight can count on the straight-eared animal, and the one who provides the lop-eared partner for mating gets a fold. Note that there are usually fewer lop-eared kittens. If all kittens turn out to be straights, the owner of a fold cat can receive monetary compensation equal to the cost of the kitten.
When choosing a partner for a cat, take into account the appearance of the partner - the data of the kittens depend on it. Evaluate the color, quality of the coat, the correct constitution. Be sure to make sure your pet's future partner has a flexible tail. Congenital problems with the spine are a price to pay for folded ears of folds, this mutation is not so rare and is passed on to offspring. For a show cat, an appropriate cat is desirable, he can also improve the breed of a breed class cat. The owners of pet-class animals can be more free in the selection of a pair for their pets.
Pay attention to the degree of difficulty in the ears. Ideal ears are small, set wide apart, directed forward and not protruding beyond the contours of the head. Ears with a double fold, which are close to the skull, are valued higher. Animals with three folds are extremely rare and highly prized.
Before mating, make sure that the cat is vaccinated and healthy. He should not have discharge from the eyes and nose, dandruff on the coat, he should not be too emaciated. If there are clear signs of malaise, it is better to postpone mating.