Interesting article on Scottish folds
I was on tumblr, and I came across this article linking a certain bone deformity with the same gene that causes their ears to fold. I'm a little concerned because I know a lot of genetic mutations like this in different animals, lets say, rats for example. There's a "gene" that makes them "manx". But that "gene" is actually a spinal deformity that is very painful for them and how it's effected their temperament (not to mention that being tailless for rats its pretty bad, because its harder for them to maintain balance and regulate their temperature).
Anyways, if the gene that makes the scottish folds ears folded, causes them crippling bone pain, and cat's tendency to hide sickness or pain, is it ethical to breed them? Do you think the link actually exists?
I know that tumblr isn't necessarily the best source for information, but it's got citation that seems pretty legitimate.
(NOTE: I'm not condemning anyone for owning or breeding these types of cats, but I'm relatively new to the cat community and these kinds of things pique my interest as far as morale goes)
“Life,” said Yrael, who was more Mogget than it ever knew.
“Fish and fowl, warm sun and shady trees, the field mice in the wheat,
under the cool light of the moon.”~ Abhorsen, by Garth Nix
Last edited by marie73; 02-08-2014 at 10:57 PM.