The Scottish chinchilla color has become so popular and recognizable today that felinologists even considered it possible to designate this color as a separate breed line. Its peculiarity is not only in the name, which is consonant with South American rodents, valued for their luxurious fur, but also in color - these cats have a light gray color with a delicate bluish tint. Although breeders have achieved some other shade options.
So, meet the Scottish Fold cat-chinchilla. In the article we will talk about the features and standard of the breed, as well as some of the subtleties of its content.
History of the breed
Initially, kittens with this unusual color appeared in an animal of one of the oldest and most popular breeds - the Persian. These pets are characterized by very long hair (up to 12 cm), whichdiffers in addition to the density of hairs, their fineness and silkiness. All traditional "Persians" also have a kind of "collar" on the neck and shoulders. The chic look of the fur, however, will please the eyes of the owners only if it is combed daily.
Further, the color "chinchilla" was fixed on British cats. That is why among the ancestors of any animal of a given color there will definitely be not only Scottish Fold and Scottish Straight, but also "British" and "Persian".
Scottish Fold, by the way, was bred in Russia on cats of the British breed. Therefore, domestic felinologists have their own standards for the Scottish breed, in contrast, for example, to the United States, where breeding work was built by fixing the lop-eared gene on the American Shorthair.
Scottish fold or straight with a characteristic color are quite rare. Therefore, the description of the Scottish fold chinchilla should be reduced to general standards: the cat's coat should have a completely white undercoat, the paw pads should, on the contrary, be dark. In addition, as felinologists say, a dark "make-up" in the form of a stroke of the eyes, lips and nose is possible.
As for the length of the coat, it is medium - silky she inherited from Persian ancestors, density and plushness - from the British Shorthair. The Scottish Fold Chinchilla has a chiseled but not small muzzle. Ears, like all "Scots", can be pressed or raised. It depends who's in front of you- Scottish Fold or Scottish Straight.
Lop-eared cats are ticked and shaded in color. Let us briefly explain the meaning of these terms, since they are often misunderstood by ordinary fans.
With ticked (otherwise - Abyssinian) color, each hair of the cat's coat is divided into several colors (usually two or three). When moving, such an animal seems to be iridescent - at different angles it is a slightly different color. The general appearance of this color is a light "veil". By the way, there is no ticking on the stomach and chest, as well as on the insides of the legs.
More often kittens of lop-eared silver chinchilla are born than other shades. Therefore, the color options for chinchillas are as follows: either white (silver), or gold or blue gold. By the way, the latter is the rarest color not only in this species, but in general in Scottish fold cats. By the way, a ticked chinchilla kitten is not cheap.
Traditionally, felinologists divide cats of this color into three types: shading can be silver, golden or red. With her, the hair is dyed in a different shade by only one third (unlike ticked hair - there the proportion of color is different, one eighth).
Shadedness is also possible in several ways: animals can be shaded golden with a creamy undercoat or silver with a snow-white undercoat. Finally, a reddish tint is possible - in this casethe main part of the hair will be bright red, and the undercoat will be white.
They are common to the Scottish Fold cat breed.
- The head is rounded, with a characteristic convex forehead, short neck, protruding, especially in cats, cheeks. The nose is not sharply curved and rather short.
- The eyes are large, round, open and expressive. Due to physiological characteristics, they, like the Persians, can watery, especially in kittens.
- The eye color of Scottish fold chinchillas is most often green, blue is less common. And in cats with a silver color, the shade of the visual organs can match the color.
- It should be noted that in newborn pets, eye color can only be finally determined at two weeks of age.
- Scottish folds (lop-eared) should have short, leaning forward, tightly pressed to the head, with rounded tips of the ears. Ideally, they give the cat's head a soft roundness without protruding from the overall contour.
However, a newborn kitten can never tell in advance how successful it can be in a show career - its structure can change with age. In addition, there are some feeding and growth factors that can affect the shape of Scottish ears.
The backbone of these cats, unlike the British breed, is more slender and graceful than that of the squat and strong "British". In many other respects, the standards are similar.
The habits of the Scottish fold chinchilla are calm and peaceful. In general, the animal gets along well with everyone in the house, even with dogs, and never shows aggression towards birds. But when meeting with an evil stranger, this cat can stand up for itself.
She quickly gets used to the new house and becomes attached to the owner (most often to one), but she shows this affection calmly, without imposing her society on a person. In general, this animal is quite restrained and does not like to be squeezed.
Sometimes it may seem that Scotties are slow and phlegmatic, but in fact they are not at all averse to playing, especially when the owner himself is the initiator. They also enjoy playing with children.
Another feature of the Scottish fold is a rare meow. She will never scream, even if she is alone in the apartment. The Scottish has adopted a lot from the British Shorthair breed, and the representatives of the latter, as you know, are called the "cat for the businessman." This means that she calmly endures the absence of the owner, she can always occupy herself, she can be left alone in the house even for several days, of course, provided that food and water are freely available.
Care and maintenance
The Scottish Fold Chinchilla has quite a long coat, so it needs to be combed from time to time. This is especially worth doing during molting. Otherwise, by licking itself, the cat can clog the digestive tract. In addition, an animal with uncombed fur will lose all its charm.
Also needs to be cutclaws and wash ears and eyes regularly. The latter in folds often begin to watery - in this case, they can be washed with a very weak solution of potassium permanganate, after carefully examining it in the light so that there are no undissolved crystals left in it.
Felinologists' opinions differed about bathing the animal. Some experts argue that it is possible and necessary to bathe Scottish Fold chinchillas, especially since the animal itself usually tolerates this procedure calmly. Others are of the opinion that if the cat is not walked, and she is constantly in the house, with regular combing, it is not necessary to arrange bath days for the pet.
You need to feed the Scottish chinchilla cat in the same way as pets of a different color - a well-balanced food. As a rule, these include premium products and holistic products that do not contain by-products and gluten. Mostly we are talking about grain-free dry food. Or you can feed your pet with natural food, but then you should correctly compose a diet that should consist of meat, vegetables and dairy products.