“Before meeting with a Scottish cat, I considered myself an incorrigible dog lover” - Wikipet
And I could not imagine that a cat would live in the house
Always treated cats indifferently. Not that I didn't like them. Not! Lovely furry creatures, but there was no thought to make yourself that.
As a child, I had two dogs. One is a half-breed pincher and a dwarf poodle named Partos, the second is the English Cocker Spaniel Lady. And that, and another adored! The initiative to get doggies was mine. Parents agreed. Due to age, I just walked with dogs, poured food, long-haired Lady sometimes combed. I remember when she got sick, she took her to the clinic ... But the main care for the animals was, of course, on her mother. In childhood, we had fish, in the cage there lived a budgerigar, Karlush, who even spoke! And how!
But there was no question of getting a cat. Yes, and I never wanted to.
When I grew up, and I started a family, the children began to ask for a pet. And she herself wanted a funny wool ball to live in the house.
And she began to read about different breeds of dogs. Based on the description of the characters of the tails, sizes, and reviews of the owners, Brussels Griffin and the Mittelschnauzer were most liked.
She was mentally prepared for a dog. But it stopped that she spent too much time at work. Plus frequent business trips. I understood that the main burden of responsibility would fall on me. And how boring a doggie will be at home for 8-10 hours a day.
And then suddenly there was a meeting that turned my worldview upside down. And I think that she could not help but happen.
Acquaintance with the Scottish cat Badi
As I said, I'm not a catwalker. I knew that there are breeds of Siamese, Persian ... Probably that's all. And here for the company I get to visit friends of friends. And they have a Scottish fold handsome cat. He is so important, walks sedately, arrogantly turns his head ... As she saw him, she was dumbfounded. And I didn’t think that there are such cats.
It struck me that he allowed himself to be stroked even by strangers. And his coat is so thick and soft. True antistress. In general, I did not leave their Badi.
After she told everyone about him: her husband, children, parents, sister, colleagues at work. And she just asked: are real cats like that? And, of course, then the thought was already born: I want this.
I liked that cats are self-sufficient animals
Increasingly, I began to read various articles about cats. I liked both the Russian blue and the Cartesian ... But the Scottish fold were out of competition. As a joke, she began to say to her husband: maybe we’ll get a cat - soft, fluffy, big, fat. And my husband, like me, was set up for a dog. And I did not take my proposals seriously.
And I liked the fact that cats are not as attached to humans as dogs. They can safely stay alone at home. And even if we had gone somewhere (on vacation, to the cottage), there would be someone to look after. We have a wonderful relationship with our neighbors. They would feed our pet without problems, take them to themselves in the evenings, so that he would not be so bored. In general, everything turned out in favor of a cat.
Choose a kitten for the mother in law
On New Year's Eve, we stayed at the mother-in-law. And she complained: she was lonely. You come home - the apartment is empty ... I say: “So get a dog! Everything is more fun, and there’s an incentive once again to go out and take care of someone. ” Having thought, she replies: “To the dog - no. Well, I’m still working, I’m coming late. She will howl, her neighbors will be annoyed, the door will scratch ... Maybe it’s better than a cat ...
A few days later I meet a friend. She says: “The cat gave birth to five kittens. They all dismantled, one remained. I ask the breed ... Scottish fold ... Boy ... Affectionate ... Manual ... Accustomed to the tray.
I ask: “Send a photo. The mother-in-law wants to have a cat for herself. ”
In the evening, a friend sends a photo of the kitten, and I understand: mine!
I’m calling my mother-in-law, saying: “I’ve found a cat for you!” And she told me: “Are you crazy? I didn’t ask! ”
And I already liked the baby. And what was to be done?
Gave a kitten to her husband for his birthday
A photo of a kitten in my phone was seen by an older son. And immediately I understood everything. Together we began to persuade her husband. And unexpectedly stumbled upon an insurmountable resistance. He did not want a cat in the house - and that’s it!
We even cried ...
As a result, she presented the kitten for his birthday with the words: “Well, you are a good person! Can't you love this little harmless creature? ”A husband will remember a gift for 40 years for a long time!
Philemon has become a universal favorite
On the day when they were supposed to bring the kitten, I bought a tray, bowls, scratching post, food, toys ... My husband looked only and said nothing. But, when Phil got out of the carrier, the spouse was the first to go play with him. And now she is pleased to launch a cat with sun bunnies and sleeps with him in an embrace.
The cat is loved by children! True, the youngest son, who is 6 years old, is too much sorry for Phil. He scratched it several times. We explain to the child that the cat is alive, it hurts, is unpleasant.
We are all very glad that Filia lives with us.
Scottish fold cat care
Caring for a cat is not difficult. Every day - fresh water, 2-3 times a day - food. Of course, there is a lot of wool from him. Have to vacuum more often. If not every day, then at least every other day.
We clean his ears, wipe his eyes, trim his claws. We give a paste against wool, gel from worms. Once a week we brush the cat’s teeth.
Once bathed. But he really didn’t like it. Many say that cats do not need to be bathed: they lick themselves. So we think, to bathe or not to bathe? If washing is a big stress for the animal, maybe it is better not to expose the cat to him?
What is the character of the Scottish fold
Our Filimon is a kind, manual, affectionate cat. He likes being stroked. If he wants to be caressed, he comes, starts rumbling, palming his face under his arm.
It happens that he jumps to me or to her husband on his back or stomach in the middle of the night, purrs, purrs and leaves.
He loves company, is always in the room where the person is.
I know that many cats climb on tables, working kitchen surfaces. Ours is not! And the furniture does not spoil, nothing chews. The most that can do is tear a roll of toilet paper or tear a rustling bag.
What funny stories happened to the cat Filimon
Firstly, I’ll say that our cat alone is a great joy. You look at him, and the soul becomes warm, calm, joyful.
He has a very funny appearance: a wide muzzle and a constantly surprised look. As if he were asking: how did I find myself here, what am I doing? You look at him and involuntarily smile.
And even when he is mischievous, how can he be blamed? You will scold a little: “Phil, you cannot take toilet paper! You can’t climb into the shelf with packages! ” Even the husband scolds him not terribly: "Well, what have you done, shaggy face!" or "That's how I will punish now!". The only thing Philemon is afraid of is a vacuum cleaner.
Once I came from the store, a paste bar fell out of the bag. And where did he go? I climbed the whole kitchen and could not find it. But at night Phil found him! And what he just did with him. He did not eat it, but he clawed the wrap with it. The smell of the liver did not allow him to give up the find. So the cat drove the paste until the morning. And then he kept on his paws a little, fell asleep on the go and in unusual positions for him. So tired!
How a cat suffers loneliness
Phil is left alone. In general, cats are nocturnal predators. Ours also walks at night, climbs somewhere, rustles with something. The most active time of day is early morning. I get up to work at 5.30 - 6.00. He rushes about the apartment, crashes into my legs with a run, wakes my children and husband with me. Then he abruptly calms down and disappears. And sleeps almost all day.
In the summer, when we were leaving for the weekend at the cottage, we were asked to look after the neighbors' cat. He knows them well, loves to visit them.
For a long time until we left. And when it is necessary, we will ask grandmother to move to us or we will again turn to the neighbors. We do not take a cat with us, as we read, and the veterinarian confirmed that moving for cats is a lot of stress.They may get sick, start tagging, etc. Cats are very used to their territory.
If we leave for a day or two, Phil is bored. After returning, he cares, does not leave us. He climbs on his stomach, substitutes a muzzle for stroking, and gently touches his face with a claw-free foot ... Still often he strokes his head with his paws.
Which owner is suitable for a Scottish fold cat
Fat, thin, young, old ...
Seriously, a loving owner will suit any cat or dog. If a person loves an animal, takes care of it, regrets it, this will be the best owner.
A dream remains a dream
But, although we now have the best cat in the world, the dream to get a dog has not gone away. After all, many people live together - cats, dogs, parrots, and turtles ...
I think we’ll get a schnauzer to my husband at 45!
Photo from the Anna Migul family archive.