It’s easy to tell a Scottish Fold kitten by its adorable, turned-down ears. Some people quickly fall in love with this breed and will only consider adopting or purchasing a Scottish Fold. Munchkins also have proportionately shorter legs, giving them the appearance of a younger cat throughout life. There are many websites that offer Scottish Fold munchkin kittens for sale; however, hopeful pet owners should be careful when searching for their newest pet.
Third-party classified websites such as Craigslist feature sections specifically for pets. However, owners who are relinquishing control of their pets may not be truthful about the health or previous care of the Scottish Fold munchkin kitten. Kittens and cats may not be socialized with other pets or children, and may experience health problems due to malnutrition or lack of veterinary care. A loving home and proper care can help a kitten regain full health and learn to socialize. While Scottish Folds are known for good-natured temperaments, mistreatment from previous owners can lead to expensive veterinary bills and unfriendly cats.
Individual breeders and pet stores may advertise Scottish Fold munchkin kittens for sale. For example, MontessoriCats.com is the website of Florida rescuers and breeders who have successfully shipped cats to loving homes for 25 years. The website also offers information about cat health and tips for prospective pet owners who are unsure whether adding one or more cats is idea for their situation. The Montessori Cats service does recommend adopting two Scottish Fold kittens and explain that kittens in pairs or groups tend to be happier and live longer lives.
Individual breeders may have higher prices for kittens; however, they can also offer more information about the lineage of a specific cat. This information is not as readily available from individuals or from animal shelters and large adoption sites such as PetFinder.com, which allows shelters and humane societies to list pets that are currently available for adoption. However, the larger websites do allow adopters to view available pets by breed and needs in the local area, and to expand the search if not munchkin Scottish Folds are available in locally.
After buying or adopting a Scottish Fold kitten, an owner may hope for a lifetime of love from their new kitten. Scottish Fold munchkins can live up to 15 years. Still, the chromosomes that result in the unique ear and bone structure can also lead to health problems. For example, the ear fold is caused by a condition known as osteochondrodysplasia that can lead to progressive arthritis as a Scottish Fold cat ages. Some people believe that breeding Scottish Folds and munchkins is unethical because of these abnormalities and groups such as the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy do not recognize the breed for this reason. Other health concerns for Scottish folds include polycystic kidney disease, which results in cysts on the kidneys, and cardiomyopathy, or deterioration of the hearth.