Scottish cats (Scottish Fold, Scottish Straight, Highland Fold and Highland Straight) are medium-size cats, but they aren’t small or skinny. They are much smaller than the Maine Coon champions, but are quite large compared to the Siamese, for example. In comparison with the British, Scottish cats are slimmer, with lighter and more elegant backbone. However, like the British, they are still prone to overeating and resulting obesity. Therefore, the owner must monitor their weight. So, how much should a Scottish cat weigh?
The weight of Scottish cats depends on a variety of factors, including the skeleton weight.
Despite similar stature, a cat with heavy bones will be heavier than a cat with light bones. That is, the normal weight of a Scottish cat doesn’t range within strict framework: each pet has its own standard.
Scottish kitten and cat weight by month
An average adult female Scottish cat weighs less than an average adult male Scottish cat. An adult female Scottish cat weighs 3-5 kg, the most common weight — 3.5-4.5 kg. A male can weight up to 4-5 kg, sometimes even 6-7 kg. He also has larger head and more massive paws.
Scottish cat weight by month and week: table (in grams)
In this table for a Scottish cat weight, you will find the average weight of Scottish kittens and adult cats. It will show you how fast kittens grow and develop.
|Age||Male cat||Female cat|
|4 weeks (1 month)||400-740||240-600|
|8 weeks (2 months)||800-1700||400-900|
|12 weeks (3 months)||1500-2500||1000-1500|
The table shows the average minimum and maximum weight that you can use as guidelines to understand whether your pet’s weight is regular. If it deviates from the norm, you can contact a veterinarian to find out the reasons and correct the diet.
At the same time, you can see that Scottish kittens’ monthly development is uneven: before six months, they gain weight very quickly; later, the process slackens off.
There are many factors affecting a Scottish cat’s weighs at 6 months, at 1 year, or at any other age. First, this is genetics: the genes the animal has received from its mom and dad defines the stature it inherits. There are miniature Scottish female cats, which are closer to the lower weight border, but they don’t need to gain weight, since their backbone is smaller. On the contrary, there are male cats, whose massive bodies make them look more like the British. Open the photo gallery below and compare. All the cats in the photos have sound constitution; they are neither obese nor ill-nourished, but their weight differs greatly.
The nutrition type strongly affects a cat’s weight as well: if the cat gets well-balanced food and as many calories as it needs (no more and no less), it will be slimmer; if it overeats, it may become obese or just be heavier within the normal weight range.
Besides, the puberty time is also important. Female cats grow more slowly when they go into heat. Sometimes, they may even stop growing at all if they go into heat too often, for example, 1-2 times a month. Sterilized cans grow and gain weight significantly less actively as well; however, they are prone to higher risk of obesity in the future due to better appetite.
For how long do Scottish cats grow?
As for the weight of newborn Scottish kittens, it depends not only on their parent’s genes, but on the number of kittens in the litter as well: the more of them, the less each will weigh. However, kittens that differ in weight as newborns may eventually catch up as they grow: kittens under 1 month will gain 10-20 grams every day and up to 100 grams per day at 1-6 months.
Kittens need a well-balanced diet to grow. Calcium is an important element for the bone system formation, but calcium without phosphorus leads to overabundance, which may have negative consequences. Besides, calcium can’t be digested without vitamin D. Therefore, all trace elements that a kitten gets with food must be well-balanced. For 1 month, tiny kittens get everything they need from their mother’s milk, and if the mother’s diet is well-balanced, the kittens get stronger. And if the mother doesn’t get enough of certain trace elements, her children may suffer from hyperparathyroidism, for example.
As you can see from our table, Scottish kittens keep growing actively up to about 8 months; then, their growth speed slows down. However, they undergo noticeable changes up to 1 year. Further, from 1 to 2 years, Scottish female cats keep growing a little, but this growth is insignificant: they can gain no more than about 0.5-0.7 kg over this time, of course, unless the cat suffers from some nutritional failures and becomes obese, for example.
As far as male cats are concerned, these values shift: they actively grow up to 1 year. Further, a Scottish male cat can keep insignificantly growing up to 2.5 years.
From 4 months, your pet is already an adolescent. Theoretically, if the female cat lived in the street and went into heat, adult males would perceive her as a sexually mature female and could come into contact with her. Similarly, other cats could fight with a large six-month-old male, perceiving him as an equal.
At six months, a cat adolescent has already gained 70% of its body weight, so it will gain no more than the missing 30% in the future.
How big are Scottish cats?
The answer to the question: how big a Scottish male or female cat is, depends not only on their weight, but on the body length as well. There are miniature cats that don’t grow to be too long, so, their body weight should be less. In general, Scottish cats are average in size. A Scottish male or female cat’s standard length (the tail excluded) is about 55 cm, give or take.
Scottish cats’ height – that is, how tall they are from the floor to the withers when standing on four legs – is around 30 cm. This is important to consider when choosing a carrier, since it should allow the cat to stand upright, without bending down. The same is true for a house-shaped litter box.
If you exhibit your cat, then not only its general size is important, but the tail and legs length as well. In the ideal case, the tip of the tail should reach the shoulder blades if placed along the body. The legs shouldn’t be too thick and short, like the ones of the British: remember that Scottish cats’ backbone is lighter and more elegant.
A Scottish cat’s body size ranges from medium to large, is rectangular — not square, with rounded silhouette, is proportional at the shoulders and croup level. An excessively long or massive body is a disadvantage. The chest is wide. The head is round like a ball, with pronounced whiskers and chin.