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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