Scottish Folds are usually intelligent, gentle-tempered, soft-spoken, and easily adaptable to new people and situations. They are loyal and tend to bond with one person in the family. While they usually allow others to cuddle and pet them, their primary attachment quickly becomes apparent when they spot their chosen human. They thrive on attention, but it has to be on their own terms. Despite their devotion, they are not clingy and demanding cats and usually prefer to be near you rather than on your lap. They enjoy a good game of catching a catnip mouse now and then too, and they keep their playful side well into adulthood.
Despite being folded, the fold’s ears are still expressive and rotate to listen, lie down in anger, and twitch when opening a food case. The ear fold can become less noticeable when the cat is upset or ill. Although some members of the Fold family have reported increased wax production in their cats’ ears, folded ears usually do not make the cat more susceptible to mites or ear infections. The previously reported susceptibility to deafness may be related to the fact that some early Scottish Folds were white, and white cats could be susceptible to a form of deafness unrelated to the fold gene.