How to Groom A Scottish Fold Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

Table of Contents

Scottish Fold Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Cobby

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Scottish Fold has a soft, plush coat that is medium in length and requires minimal grooming. Its fur is dense and has a slight wave to it, giving it a luxurious feel.

Scottish Fold Cat

Scottish Fold cats are known for their unique folded ears, which give them an adorable and distinctive appearance. They are medium-sized cats with round faces and big, expressive eyes. Scottish Folds are known for their sweet and affectionate personalities, and they love to cuddle with their owners. They are also intelligent, playful, and enjoy interactive toys and games.

Scottish Folds have a thick, plush coat that requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and shiny. Overall, these cats make wonderful companions for families and individuals alike.


 Scottish Fold Grooming Tools

Here’s a list of the tools we recommend having:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Scottish Fold Cat Grooming Guide

Brushing Your Cat

Frequency: Brush your Scottish Fold once or twice a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Scottish Fold Cat

Scottish Fold Bathing

When it comes to bathing your Scottish Fold, it’s important to keep in mind their unique ear shape.

Folded ears can trap water and lead to infections, so be sure to use cotton balls to gently clean their ears before and after the bath.

Use a gentle cat shampoo and warm water to wet and lather their coat, being careful not to get water in their ears.

Rinse thoroughly and wrap them in a towel to dry.

Scottish Folds have a thick, plush coat that can take a while to dry completely, so be patient and keep them warm until they’re fully dry.

How Often Should I Bathe My Scottish Fold Cat?

You should bathe your Scottish Fold cat once every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s cleanliness and health.

How to Trim the Nails of a Scottish Fold

  • Gather the goodies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat’s paw gently but firmly and press on the pad to extend the nail.
  • Use the clippers to trim the tip of the nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Repeat with the other paws, giving your cat a treat after each paw is done.

Recommended frequency of clipping: once every 2-3 weeks.

How to Clean the Ears of a Scottish Fold

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Scottish Fold securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Scottish Fold with a treat or some playtime to make the experience positive.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Scottish Fold

  1. Start by getting your Scottish Fold comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and give them a treat or praise.
  2. Once they are comfortable with this, introduce a toothbrush and toothpaste made specifically for cats. Let them sniff and taste the toothpaste.
  3. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the toothbrush and gently brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Be sure to brush the back molars, as these are the teeth most prone to tartar buildup.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds to a minute, gradually increasing the time as your cat becomes more comfortable with the process.
  6. Reward your Scottish Fold with a treat or praise after each brushing session.
  7. Aim to brush your Scottish Fold’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Remember, regular brushing can help prevent dental problems and keep your Scottish Fold healthy and happy!

Common Coat Issues

Grooming your cat is 90% done. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the following “potential” issues:

Fleas and Ticks

– Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.
– Vacuum your home frequently to remove any fleas or ticks that may be hiding in carpets or furniture.
– Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Scottish Folds have thick, dense fur that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, and consider a professional grooming session every few months to keep their coat in top condition.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Scottish Folds are prone to ear infections due to their folded ears. Regular cleaning with a vet-approved solution and keeping the ears dry can help prevent irritation.

How Often Should I Brush My Scottish Fold Cat?

You should brush your Scottish Fold cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. Their thick, plush coat requires regular grooming to keep it healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Scottish Fold Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Scottish Fold cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin and coat. It can strip away natural oils and cause dryness, itching, and irritation. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for your cat’s skin.

Are Scottish Folds High Maintenance?

No, Scottish Folds aren’t super high-maintenance like Persian or Maine Coon cats. Scottish Fold cats are a medium-sized breed that typically weighs between 6 to 12 pounds. They are known to be affectionate and low-maintenance, with a strong desire to be around their human companions above all else.