Stop Breeding Cats With Painful Genetic Mutation

Target: The International Cat Association

Goal: Stop purposefully breeding painful genetic mutation into Scottish Fold cats. 

Humans love a cute animal. We are biologically programmed to respond to big eyes and small, round heads. Because of this, it’s no wonder that Scottish Folds, with their flopped-over ears and big eyes, have gained massive popularity over the years. 

Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Kirsten Dunst, and Patrick Dempsey have added to the appeal of these cats by featuring their own Scottish Folds in their social media posts. Unfortunately, the genetic characteristics that make these cats so popular, comes at a cost. 

The dominant gene mutation that lends itself to the ear fold which gives these cats their name also affects cartilage throughout the cat’s body. Scottish Folds are plagued with cartilage and bone deformities known as osteochondrodysplasia. This mutation causes fusion of the ankle, tail, and knee joints that leads to crippling pain and difficulty moving in later life. Cats who carry this genetic trait will almost undoubtedly get some level of arthritis as they age. 

Arthritis isn’t the only negative effect of this mutation. Scottish Folds are also prone to cardiomyopathy, which can cause heart failure; as well as polycystic kidney disease. There have also been reports of OCD in many Scottish Fold cats, although this has not been proven to be a genetic trait. 

Given that Scottish Folds are almost guaranteed to have some sort of negative health condition as a result of their breeding, there is ample cause to end the breeding of these cats. There is no reason to continue to breed unhealthy cats who are doomed to a life of pain and health complications. 

Sign this petition demanding that The International Cat Association removes Scottish Folds from their registry. It is wrong to breed an animal knowing you are condemning it to a life of discomfort. It is Vital that we begin taking steps to end the breeding of unhealthy cats. 


Dear International Cat Association,

Scottish Fold cats are plagued with health issues as a result of their breeding. Cats born with folded ears suffer from cartilage disorders that are almost guaranteed to cause crippling arthritis later in life, as well as many other health issues. Many animal rights groups have called for a ban on this cat breed due to the diminished quality of life that they are subjected to. 

With such a vast number of healthy cat breeds available, it is long past time for TICA to end their support of such an unhealthy one. It is morally wrong to continue breeding these cats when we are aware of how crippling this mutation is. TICA needs to remove the Scottish Fold from its registry and urge its followers to stop breeding cats who suffer from this painful mutation. 


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Photo credit: Richard Bloom 



  1. Patrick Butler says:

    This is stupid and beyond cruel.

  2. Stop now!! WTF?!! How is this even still happening??
    Who ever does this must be charge with animal cruelty and banned from being around animals period! This is NOT ok and must be banned now! No question! Be a voice for those without and end this horrific abuse NOW!

  3. Jaime Perez says:

    Do humans think they are better than God, who created animals? Do they always have to change them to their liking?? Leave the animals alone in the way they were created.

    • I fully agree with you Jaime Perez !!!!!!!

      Do humans think they are better than God, who created animals? Do they always have to change them to their liking?? Leave the animals alone in the way they were created.

  4. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    It is UNCONSCIONABLE to manipulate genetics that produce PAINFUL outcomes. This MUST STOP NOW.

  5. When money speaks louder than morals, there is always a problem. We need to STOP letting ego, greed, and selfishness destroy the world.

  6. Cayla S Fenton-Reeder says:

    Where are your sources???? If all these things, you say are true, back up your claim. If you find a good breeder that knows what they are doing and that health test for the known problems of the breed. Who also, tells you if it’s the right breed for you and lifestyle.
    You can actually get a healthy pure-bred cat lives as long as most dog breeds, which is 12 years I believe.

    • Carine Michiels says:

      I own a Scottish Fold cat and she’s 13. We visit the vet two times a year for her vaccines and a check-up every six months. She’s in perfect health. I always took in stray cats, then saw this little beauty with a perfect pedigree and fell in love. I treat her as my child, but she has absolutely no health issues. The first Scottish Fold cat was discovered in Scotland, it is in the genes and when you have a pure-bred Scottish Fold, from a legitimate breeder, there are absolutely no health issues whatsoever. The Munchkin cat they cross with Scottish Folds, that could be problematic. If this petition was about the Scottish Fold Munchkin cat, I would have signed immediately, but I cannot sign this petition. You cannot blacklist a Scottish Fold, there are so many breeders who experiment with all kinds of breeds. Not only the Scottish Fold.

  7. Neville Bruce says:

    Don’t buy them, or the other dgs and cats with unhealthy breeding charachteristics.

  8. Lisa Finnigan says:

    I didn’t know that Scottish Folds had so many health issues. I thought that the ear folds were a natural mutation. Thank you, thank you for educating me!

  9. The International Cat Association

    Stop purposefully breeding painful genetic mutation into helpless and innocent Scottish Fold cats. WTF !!!!

    These lowlife animal torturing monsters must be brought to Justice and jailed for life.

    The lowlife human species never ceases to disgust and sicken me with the level of depravity that can sink too purely for their torture and GREED.

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