Scottish Straight

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
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About Scottish Straight

6-14 lb
Medium build, round features
12-15 years
Best Suited For
Any cat loving household, including singles, families with other pets, and families with children
Friendly, intelligent, laidback, playful, social
Comparable Breeds
Scottish Fold, Exotic Shorthair
8-10 inches
Scottish Straight Breed History

The Scottish Straight is one of the feline breeds that make up the Scottish Breed Group, along with the beloved Scottish Fold. More specifically, according to The International Cat Association (TICA), the Scottish Breed Group consists of the longhair Scottish Fold and the shorthair Scottish Fold, as well as the longhair Scottish Straight and the shorthair Scottish Straight, for a total of four breeds.

The very first Scottish Fold was a barn cat whose name was Susie. She was found by William Ross in 1961 in Scotland, on a farm near Coupar Angus, in Perthshire. This kitty was later bred with other breeds, such as the American Shorthair, Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, and Persian. Today, the Scottish Straight is known for its wonderful personality and temperament.

The Scottish Straight is almost identical to the Scottish Fold breed, and they can actually all be born within the same litter.The only difference is in the ears. While Scottish Folds have those iconic ears that fold down, Scottish Straight cats do not. Their ears are straight like other cats. The secret to this difference lies in the breed’s origins. All Scottish Folds can trace their origins to that first folded-ears kitty, Susie. However, the selective breeding program did not produce only kittens with those unique ears, as some had straight ears. Thus, all Scottish Folds that do not develop the iconic folded ears are simply called Scottish Straights.

The Scottish Straight is one of the feline breeds that make up the Scottish Breed Group, along with the beloved Scottish Fold.

Breed Traits

The Scottish Straight, like the Scottish Fold, is known for its inquisitiveness, so you can expect these kitties to be on the lookout for something new and interesting in their environment. Combined with their intelligence, they are sure to love getting new toys, including puzzle toys that challenge their minds, and they might enjoy going on adventures with you. Plus, these cats are known for their loyalty.

Although every kitty is a unique individual, these cats typically are not shy, as they would much prefer always being around you, perhaps even following you throughout your home to stay close by, whether you’re working or relaxing. It is important to keep this breed’s personality in mind if you are thinking about bringing a Scottish Straight into your family. Will you or your family members be able to devote enough time, and give enough attention to, your cat? If not, it may be better to go with a breed that has a more independent personality and wouldn’t require as much interaction (of course, all kitties need to have a good amount of healthy interaction with their human families, but some need it more than others to feel content and fulfilled). If you and your family are typically really busy or you spend a lot of time away from home, whether you work long hours or travel often, a Scottish Straight cat might not be happy and might end up feeling bored and lonely.

This also means that the Scottish Straight will require a lot of mental stimulation throughout the day in order to keep that inquisitive and smart personality satisfied. One of the best solutions for this is interactive cat toys. Find a complex gadget that can keep your feline friend occupied for hours. This is just the thing that can help them stay sharp, and it can help them release their energy in a positive way. Always remember: a neglected cat can quickly become bored, and that might then lead to other negative emotions and states of being, such as lethargy, apathy, and depression.

Despite enjoying being around people, these cats generally do not like being carried or picked up, and they do have a bit of an independent side that makes them comfortable being near you while still being able to do their own thing. Therefore, they make great pets for those who are searching for a cat that will be devoted without being too clingy to their human family. A Scottish Straight might be that ideal balance that you are looking for in a pet, as these cats are likely going to give you loads of attention and companionship without always needing to do things like sit in your lap.

Also, because these cats are so smart, you can even try to train them to do tricks or play fetch. This can take some time, and it does require consistency, but the results might be amazing and a lot of fun to watch. Plus, spending time training your Scottish Straight might be a fantastic way to get that important interaction in to keep your intelligent and playful kitty mentally stimulated and physically active. Just be sure to incorporate the right tools and use the appropriate and gentle training techniques that felines will respond to in a positive way.

Finally, in addition to their playfulness, this breed is known for being quiet and laid-back, so again, they can have a nicely balanced personality. These cats will even get along great with other pets and with children, making them a good breed to consider when you want to add to your family. Just keep in mind that it is best to start acclimating your cat to other animals and people while they are still young, preferably in the kitten stage. When you properly socialize them and introduce them to strangers and other cats early on, you will increase the odds that they will grow up to be sociable, smart, and friendly cats. Of course, a lot of this also has to do with their intelligence, as these cats will likely soak up all the lessons you throw at them, even when it comes to lessons in socialization.

Overall Description

As mentioned above, Scottish Folds and Scottish Straights can either be longhaired or shorthaired, and they can all be born within the same litter. The only difference is that the Scottish Straight’s ears will remain upright, like other cat breeds, while the Scottish Fold’s ears will eventually fold forward and downward. Ultimately, though, the Folds and the Straights have the same personality and structural features.

This breed has a round face, round body, and round eyes, making it really cute. The body is medium sized and medium boned. One thing you might quickly notice when observing a Scottish Straight is their symmetry. They have a toned down and balanced look, as all their features are almost perfectly aligned. This puts them right there alongside the prettiest felines. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to resist the cuteness of these kitties, so expect a lot of comments about your pet. Graceful, elegant, and endlessly adorable, the Scottish Straight is a true charmer and attention getter!


Scottish Straights come in a variety of patterns and colors, including all of those in the Pointed and Traditional Divisions. These include tabby, bicolor, particolor, tabby and white, and solid. Also, every eye color is possible, though copper is the most common.

This excellent variety really makes Scottish Straights a colorful and diverse breed, whose looks can fit every owner’s taste. Every litter is a surprise in itself, and the owners can never know exactly what color combinations will be created.

Grooming Requirements

The grooming needs of a Scottish Straight will pretty much depend upon the length of the coat. However, you can generally expect that, like other feline breeds, these cats will shed all year long, and you might notice more shedding during certain seasons of the year.

The amount of time you need to spend grooming your cat may depend on the hair length. As you probably already guessed, a longhaired Scottish Straight would need to be brushed more frequently and on a regular basis than their shorthaired counterpart, and you might need to use different types of brushes to get the right results. This consistent grooming routine will work on removing dead hair, and that can help prevent tangles and matting.

Shorthaired Scottish Straights, on the other hand, could also benefit from a simple weekly brushing in order to help prevent hairballs and reduce shedding. Plus, these short grooming sessions can help keep your pet’s coat soft and smooth too. However, there isn’t as much of a risk of the fur actually getting tangled or matted as there is with a longhaired cat, so the grooming routine may be easier overall.

Either way, the grooming requirements and the amount of work needed for this cat are minimal. With just a few regular brushing sessions each week, you can keep a longhaired or shorthaired Scottish Straight looking lovely, and you will likely notice that less hair ends up on your couch too.

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