If you are planning to acquire a Scottish Fold as your pet, there are certain restrictions and regulations that you need to be aware of. Licensing requirements for pets varies in different countries, regions, and states.
In the United States there are no federal requirements for licensing either cats or dogs – these rules are regulated at the state level. While it is true that most states do not have a mandatory requirement for people to license their cats, it is always a good idea to do so because it will not only serve as protection for your pet but also for you.
Here are some things you need to know regarding the acquirement of Scottish Fold cats both in United States and in Great Britain.
United States Licensing for Cats
The average annual license cost is $10.00. Cat licenses for senior citizens are $5.00. Costs may vary depending on state, and may change without prior notice.
When you acquire license for your cat you will be given a cat number that can then be linked to your contact information. If your cat gets lost and someone finds it, its license can be used to track you down so that they’ll be able to return to you your pet. Of course, this information will only be available if your cat wears a collar with an ID tag.
It is also ideal that four month old cats and up as well as indoor cats should still have a license because it is required by municipal law. Even those cats that never leave the house have a way of getting out through accidentally open doors, gates, or windows. Also, a natural disaster like an earthquake or fire may cause your pet to flee the safety of your property; having your Scottish Fold cat licensed will help reunite your lost pet with you.
If you want to apply for a cat license, you can search the website of your municipal or state government online. You will be able to download the application form and just follow the procedure. After filling up the form, you can mail it to their office together with a fee, in some states there is currently no fee for a cat license so make sure to check first and find out how much it cost.
Documentary requirements must be submitted before permanently getting a pet license. They are as follows:
- Residents must include the current rabies certificate,
- Proof of spay and neuter, and microchip (if applicable) to make the license current.
In most states, these are the main documents needed to get a cat license. There might be additional requirements that need to be submitted in other states. The license will be considered temporary status until all documents are received.
If you don’t want to put a collar on your cat a good alternative option is to have it micro-chipped. A microchip serves the same function but they can be embedded under your cat’s skin so that it won’t be lost. The procedure for having your cat micro-chipped is very quick and painless.
Great Britain Licensing for Cats
In Great Britain, licensing requirements for pets are a little different than they are in the United States. There are no overarching licensing requirements for cats in the Great Britain but you will need to get a special permit if you plan to travel with your cat into or out of the country.
Your cat may also be subject to a quarantine period to make sure he isn’t carrying a disease like rabies – rabies has been eradicated from Great Britain through safety measures like these so it is important to maintain them.
Scottish Folds are amiable felines and enjoy the company of other Folds. Folds tend to get along better when they grow up together, so if you are seriously considering on getting more than one, a pair is a manageable together. Pairs who’ve live together have been observed to be moderately independent of each other but will enjoy the company of the other when playtime is the order of the day.
You will find out more about integrating a Fold into your home in the following chapters. But remember that if you have an established Scottish Fold at home, you will still need to act as mediator during induction. Felines are by nature territorial beings and may show signs of anxiety or distress when they sniff out a stranger, be it human or of the four-legged sort, enter their premises.
You can cushion this situation and gently integrate the new Fold with the established Scottish Fold with detailed tips you can find in this chapter.
That being said, a Scottish Fold does enjoy being around their human caregivers and will be ready to shower its guardians with all the love and affection your heart can take. So if you are the busy cat-lover who has to be at a million different places at once and can’t be there for your furry friend at most times of the day then it would certainly be ideal to give your Scottish Fold cat the company of another.