A Grand Tour of Scottish Fold Kittens


Samuel Johnson was notorious for his prejudice against Scotland. In the Dictionary (1755), Johnson’s entry for “oats” describes them as a “grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.” Yikes. Interestingly, in 1763, he met James Boswell, a young Scot who would go on to become a lifelong friend and Johnson’s own biographer. Two hundred years later, in 1961, Scotland would produce another chance meeting, between farmer William Ross and a cat named Susie with unusual, owl-like ears. Susie became the progenitor of the Scottish Fold cat.


Scottish Fold kittens don’t always end up with the lop ears that are one of the breed’s most striking features, and the one that gives them the name. A genetic mutation, Scottish Fold kittens express the trait within two to three weeks of birth. You’ll know a Scottish Fold kitten otherwise by their general roundness. With big, beautiful round eyes, a round head, and eventually a roundish sort of body, the Scottish Fold is a unique cat. Join me, won’t you, on a grand tour of Scottish Fold kittens?

Welcome into the Scottish Fold!

Let’s begin in earnest with a Scottish Fold kitten named Carl Drogo. This Scottish Fold kitten, named for a character in Game of Thrones, has all the stately pride and warrior spirit of his namesake, but in a much less forbidding form. You have nothing to fear; there are no dragons or horse-riding savages here, only cute kitten pictures. Carl Drogo is ready to lead Catster’s khalasar of Scottish Fold kittens into battle, yes, but only to win your hearts!

Aside from those distinctive, folded ears, and typical rounded forms, we find that Scottish Fold kittens are a remarkably diverse lot. Their coats and fur appear in so many different patterns and colors, it would take Samuel Johnson 10 years to compile and define them all. George R.R. Martin would require at least two-thirds the length of a novel to describe Scottish Fold kittens, and that would be spent on the ears alone! You’d have to wait several years to read about their eyes!

You’re all in luck, though. I’ve brought all these Scottish Fold kittens directly to your computer screens and mobile devices where you can coo and cluck over them at your convenience! Everyone loves baby kittens, and anyone who says they don’t must be telling you fibs. Here is a scrum of Scottish Fold kittens, each one angling for the best spot at meal time. This happy little Scottish Fold kitten was first in line, first to finish, and will be first to the pillow for a nap!

For his own part, the great lexicographer Samuel Johnson had little to say about kittens. Scottish Fold kittens didn’t exist in his time, and his dictionary’s entry for “kitten” is quite terse. “A young cat” is all he really has to say about the matter. While the 18th century saw the rise of the periodical and the daily press, there is no evidence to suggest that any of these were exclusively devoted to pictures of kittens, which is a shame, really. Johnson did own at least one cat, though — Hodge — who has his own statue in London! In his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), Boswell records Johnson’s remark that Hodge was “a very fine cat, a very fine cat indeed.”

Boswell wasn’t a great fan of cats himself, and was upbraided by Jean-Jacques Rousseau for this character deficiency. “There you have the despotic instinct of men,” Rousseau remarked in December 1764, “They do not like cats because the cat is free and will never consent to become a slave.” Scottish Fold kittens would certainly have delighted Rousseau. Cute kitten pictures would have brought him solace in his exile.

This is Thistle, a lilac-coated Scottish Fold kitten. Those kind eyes! The pleasing fold of the ears! I like to think that James Boswell would have had a great affinity for Scottish Fold kittens, even if he wasn’t a cat fancier. Like Boswell, Scottish Fold kittens are highly adaptable, genial, and welcoming to nearly everyone they meet. Unlike Boswell, who was gregarious to a fault, Scottish Fold kittens are well-known for their quiet and peaceful voices.

Johnson’s famous antipathy toward Scotland would have been mitigated far beyond his friendship with Boswell and leading intellectuals of the Scottish Enlightenment, like Adam Smith, if only he’d gotten the chance to see Scottish Fold kittens. This calico Scottish fold kitten should do the trick! Better idea! Print out all of these pictures of Scottish Fold kittens; we’ll construct a time machine and take a quick trip back to the age of Johnson.

Can you handle one more Scottish Fold kitten?

I’ve expended so much energy shedding tears of joy at the sight of all these lovely Scottish Fold kittens that I’ve suddenly noticed I’m very hungry. Let me run to the kitchen and make a sandwich. Oh no! This Scottish Fold kitten has beaten me to it and eaten the last slice of bread.

Which of these Scottish Fold kittens is your favorite? Do you live with a Scottish Fold? We’d love to hear about your experiences with Scottish Fold kittens and cats. Don’t hold back! Post your thoughts and photos in the comments and we will all be enlightened!

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