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Breed of the Month – Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold cat originated from Scotland and was discovered in 1961 by a local shepherd named William Ross.

The ancestry of the Scottish Fold cat can be traced back to a barn cat named Susie, an all-white cat with folded ears. Susie was kept as a barn cat in Scotland’s Tayside region. When Susie had kittens, William Ross decided to keep one, a female named Snooks. Later, Snooks was bred with a British Shorthair, which began the development of what is now known as the Scottish Fold.

Scottish Folds are a medium-sized compact cat, generally weighing 6-13 pounds. They are often described as resembling an owl, with their small ears that fit over their rounded head. Their bodies are also rounded, with a medium to long tail. Their signature folded ears, range in appearance from a single fold to a triple fold. All Folds are born with straight, unfolded ears. The fold will usually develop within the first 21 days of their life. Some will not develop the fold, and they are known as Scottish Straights. Their wide eyes range in colour depending on their coat colour. The shorthaired Fold has dense, soft textured fur. While the longhaired Fold, has toe tufts, a plumed tail, and tufts of fur on the ears. They come in a variety of colours and patterns, including, solid, tabby, tabby with white, bicolour, and particolour.

Scottish Fold Cat

The typical lifespan of a Scottish Fold is about 15 years. Like many breeds, the Scottish Fold can be predisposed to some health problems. Degenerative joint disease can be an issue, especially in the tail which should be handled carefully if stiffness is noticed. This disease can result in a decreased range of motion in the joints. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a form of heart disease, can also be an issue. Annual physical examinations are always recommended, but especially for early detection of health problems.

The Scottish Fold is charming, friendly, and easy-going. They quickly become a close member of any family, adapting to both children and other pets, thanks to their sociable disposition. These affectionate cats love to spend time with their families, being involved in whatever they are doing. They are smart and fairly active. They enjoy playing with puzzle toys or laser pointers. Besides their ears, the first thing you might notice about a Scottish Fold is their habit of posing in odd positions. One moment they’ll be flat on the floor, and the next they’ll be up on their hind legs planning their next move. They have small soft voices, and are generally not very vocal cats, but will make themselves heard when necessary. The Scottish Fold is both unique in looks and personality and would make a wonderful companion for many years.

Written by Amanda, ACA

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital