How Much Do Scottish Fold Kittens Cost?

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A Scottish fold kitten is a cat breed that is known for its folded ears, a characteristic that’s created by a single dominant gene mutation.  Because of mutation, the ear tends to bend forward toward the head, and many breeders tend to think that these cats have an “owl” look.

Other names for this cat include the Highland Fold, Longhair Fold, and Coupari.  When a straight ear cat is bred with a Scottish Fold cat, there is a 50% chance that the litter will have Scottish fold ears.

Scottish Fold by eviltomthai, on Flickr
Scottish Fold” (CC BY 2.0) by  eviltomthai

How much do Scottish Fold kittens cost?

Since a Scottish fold kitten can come in many different shapes, sizes and colors, the prices are going to greatly vary depending on what kind of kitten you want.  Since these cats are rather rare, the price for one can cost anywhere from $250 to as much as $1,500; however, most purchases will be between the $250 and $500 price range.  Show quality based kittens will be more toward the $1,500 price range.  The ears, surprisingly, play a large effect on the price.  For example, if the cat were to have straight ears like a regular breed, the costs could be half of one that has the distinct folded ears look.

Older cats, which can sometimes be found at a shelter, can cost anywhere from $75 to $350.

For example, a breeder at has a few Scottish Fold kittens that cost anywhere from $300 to $500. says you should expect to pay around $400 to $600.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include registration papers, a health checkup from a reputable vet, a travel crate if being shipped and sometimes, a microchip.  Most breeders and shelters will spay or neuter before offering for adoption, and some breeders may test for Feline Leukemia before making them available for adoption.   Adoption agencies, as well as breeders, may also include a starter package that includes items such as food, toys, coupons and essential accessories.

What are the extra costs?

Purchasing a cat out of state can result in additional shipping fees, whether they fly or drive to meet.  Many breeders prefer to ship their cats through airlines such as Delta and American Airlines, and the cost of shipping a cat can cost anywhere from $175 to $350.

Recurring costs such as routine/surprise vet checkups, cat litter, food, toys, and accessories can cost upwards of $500+ per year for a healthy cat.  This cost could be much higher if your cat were to need surgery or developed a problem such as diabetes.

Tips to know

Its coat is known to be dense, thick, plush and soft.  Common coat colors include black, blue, red, blue, cream and silver.

Males, on average, will weight about three to four pounds more than a female, averaging about seven to 12 pounds, while a female can weigh five to nine pounds on average.

Scottish Fold Munchkins, a name you may see while searching for the “Scottish Fold” breed, is a breed accepted by the TICA as an “experimental” breed; they are often referred to as a Scottish Kilt.  Don’t confuse the Munchkins with the Folds as the Munchkin is a cross between the Scottish Fold and the Munchkin cat.  Breeders cross the two in hopes the ears fold back with the shorter legs of the Munchkin breed.  Another popular cross, although not recognized by the TICA, is the Persian Scottish Fold.

This particular breed has a mellow, laid-back personality and their activity level will greatly depend on their ancestry.

The average lifespan, as long as taken care of properly, can be 11 to 15 years on average.

As for its temperament, it’s known to be extremely sociable, lovable, playful, sweet, intelligent and very affectionate.

This breed is known to be a moderate shedder, and as with any cat, as long as it’s groomed properly, the shedding can be kept to a minimum.

How can I save money?

Check with your local adoption agency or a Scottish Fold rescue, if available in your town, to see if there are any Scottish Fold kittens available.  While rare, you may be able to find a similar kitten for less than $100.  Adoption agencies and rescue groups should always be your number one choice when considering any animal.

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Average Reported Cost: $400

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  1. Sam (Gilbert,  Arizona) paid $400 and said:

    I was able to find a nice lady at a local cat show who was actually getting rid of a litter. I think it was a fair price.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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