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Cats are amazing creatures that are just as snuggly and loving as they are independent and obtuse. While most cats share the same basic instincts and natural inhibitions, there are many different cat breeds in existence, and they all have unique temperaments and personalities. This is true even for crossbreeds like the Scottish Fold and Ragdoll mix. If you are interested in learning more about this gorgeous mixed cat breed, read on!
Any solid color, calico, tabby, pointed, bicolor
Families with kids, households with other pets, first-time cat owners, seniors
Intelligent, playful, quiet, affectionate, social
Both the Scottish Fold and the Ragdoll are rare breeds, so it’s a special thing when they are bred together to create the Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix. These adorable cats tend to have folded ears, as their Scottish Fold parents do, and fluffy coats like their Ragdoll parents. The result is a sweet look and a playful personality that is hard to ignore.
These cats are good with kids, other pets, and people of all ages and backgrounds. The Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix is not as easily available as many other domestic cat breeds because their parents are so rare. However, they are not impossible to acquire. The key is to find a reliable, quality breeder to work with who prioritizes their cats’ health and happiness.
Scottish Fold Ragdoll Mix Characteristics
Scottish Fold Ragdoll Mix Kittens
These adorable kittens are docile and sweet, but they also happen to be curious, which can make them a (fun!) handful as they grow into adulthood. These cats have agile little bodies as kittens that turn into large, muscular bodies as adults. That said, most adults retain the lovable, sociable, and curious side that they usually have as kittens. Not all Scottish Fold Ragdoll kittens are born with folded ears and will develop them within the first few months of life.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Scottish Fold Ragdoll Mix
The Scottish Fold Ragdoll cat is intelligent, affectionate, and graceful. They have a subdued personality yet enjoy spending time with others in social situations. They like to “people watch” and take in all the action while observing from a short distance. When they feel extra adventurous and social, they are happy to join the party and accept hands-on interactions with the people around them.
These cats are generally gentle, affectionate, and patient with children of all ages. They tend to be loyal to their closest human companions and can be found by their side most of the time. Their curiosity keeps them busy exploring things around the house, especially when new items, grocery bags, and shipping boxes are introduced.
Although social and loyal to companions, these cats are often laidback and rarely overbearing. These are quiet cats, preferring to communicate through body language rather than vocally. While all Scottish Fold Ragdoll mixes are different and unique, many can learn tricks like “come,” “sit,” and even fetch. Some cats of this mixed breed might also go “limp” when picked up, as their Ragdoll parents do.
Are These Cats Good for Families?👪
These cats are excellent pet options for families of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. They are happy to live in both apartment and house settings, and they seem to do fine living strictly indoors, where they are safe from predators and stray cats. These cats tend to love kids and will spend their time playing games with them whenever possible. That said, these cats don’t mind hanging out in the background and watching what’s going on without getting pushy or intrusive.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
The Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix tends to get along with other cats and dogs that are living in their household. They can even learn to get along with (or at least leave alone) smaller pets, such as rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs. Their sweet temperament can be deceiving, though, as one minute, they could be hanging out next to a small “prey” companion, and the next, they could be pounding on it.
Therefore, these cats should be socialized with small pets and taught what behavior is and isn’t acceptable while still kittens. Doing so will help you avoid any unwanted aggressive interactions as your Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix gets older and larger. By the time they are fully grown, they will know what is expected of them when spending time around pets that are smaller than them.
Things to Know When Owning a Scottish Fold Ragdoll Mix
Food & Diet Requirements
Like all cats, Scottish Fold Ragdoll mixes are carnivores, so they should consume a well-balanced diet that is high in protein. Real meat-based protein should be the first ingredient on the list for any commercial food that they are offered. Keep in mind that these cats are prone to obesity, so they should not be offered unlimited amounts of food. Follow the package directions, or consult a veterinarian for specific feeding guideline recommendations.
This mixed cat breed needs a moderate amount of daily exercise to stay trim, healthy, and happy throughout their life. While these are usually calm cats, they do enjoy chasing laser pointers, playing with electronic mice, and bopping around catnip toys. Puzzle toys that dispense treats tend to be extremely popular among this mixed breed because it gives them a chance to use their wits to be rewarded with food, one of their favorite things in the world. Aim for interacting with your cat for physical exercise for at least 15 minutes a day, broken up into smaller time blocks if necessary.
No cat needs to be trained like dogs do, but the Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix is smart enough to learn basic tricks and commands. They can learn to come when called, pick up certain toys when directed to, and play fetch inside the house. When training them, you’ll need to provide direction, praise, and patience.
Long-haired cats like the Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix are good at keeping themselves groomed. However, the Ragdoll requires daily brushing, while the Scottish Fold requires just one or two brushing sessions a week to keep mats and shedding under control. Depending on whether your Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix takes more after one or the other parent, their grooming requirements will vary. In general, the shorter and less thick a Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix’s coat is, the easier the grooming requirements.
Health and Conditions🏥
Overall, the Ragdoll is a healthy cat without any predisposed health conditions to worry about. But Scottish Folds are susceptible to certain health conditions, and those genes can be passed down to their Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix offspring.
Male vs. Female
Both male and female Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix cats are generally in tandem when it comes to temperament and personality. Of course, all cats are unique in their own right. If anything, males can be clingier than females and are usually easier to potty train. Otherwise, it depends on the specific cat and their quirks.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Scottish Fold Ragdoll Mix
1. They Have Many Nicknames
“Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix “is a mouthful, so some people have given this mixed breed a few nicknames, including Ragfold, Foldrag, and Scotfold. More nicknames will likely come into existence as time goes on!
2. Both Breeds Are Popular Among Celebrities
Celebrities like Taylor Swift are obsessed with both the Scottish Fold and the Ragdoll. She owns at least one of each and considers them an integral part of her family dynamic. The Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix has not gained such notoriety yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
3. They Don’t All Have Folded Ears
While most Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix kitties end up with folded ears, not all of them do. In fact, even some purebred Scottish Folds don’t have folded ears. This does not make a pointed-eared cat any less of a Scottish Fold. It just means they inherited genes that didn’t result in folded ears.
The Scottish Fold Ragdoll mix is a well-mannered, friendly cat that enjoys spending time in social settings. They are laid back and like to interact with kids, and they don’t mind living in a small apartment or a large luxury house. What matters to them is adventure, interaction, bonding, and comfort.
Featured Image Credit: Left – Scottish Fold (t_watanabe, Pixabay) | Right – Ragdoll (Ivelin Donchev, Pexels)