Flemish part of Belgium bans breeding and trading of cats with folded ears
Starting October 1, 2021, the breeding and trading of cat breeds with folded ears, such as Scottish fold and Highland fold cats has been prohibited in Flemish part of Belgium.
The most noticeable feature of these cats is its ears, which are the consequence of a genetic mutation that causes abnormality in the cartilage called osteochondrodysplasia. The cartilage elsewhere in the body, such as in the joints, is also malformed. These animals suffer from variable degrees of painful degenerative joint disease.
It is unethical to continue to breed cats with the genetic mutation known to cause significant painful disease.
More about the Scottish Fold disease – osteochondrodysplasia on the iCatCare webpage.
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The information is not correct. Please check your sources !!!!!Reply
I have had a Scottish fold nearly my whole life. 3 to be exact. The first two were almost 17 when they passed. Never any health issues. I have a 2 year old now and he’s perfect. I got my first one in 1985. If you use a reputable breeder that knows how to breed them it’s one thing. Now they have all these “designer breed” dogs and cats that have many health issues because of the breeding. I am in vet med so I have been around a lot of different breeds. This is ridiculous and not fair to the poor kitties that end up with deformations and life painful lives. Not all Scottish Folds have issues.Reply
Thank you Terri for setting them straight.Reply
Glad to hear that, my first cat was a moggy who carried the FD gene and she was overall healthy (she lived almost 20 year).Reply
In future I want actual Scottish Fold, so I’m doiung researches in order to have healthy cats.
Check your facts. I’ve had American Curls. Like Terri Jayne said, REPUTABLE breeders. Not backyard breeders who just breed all in the name of greed. The cats are the ones who suffer.Reply
Stop backyard breesingReply