An interesting picture of a Scottish Fold cat. Interesting because of what photographers would call “chiaroscuro”. Chiaroscuro means different things in different mediums but for me in photography it means a subtle form of low contrast, fine toned and shaded lighting usually associated with black and white photography.
I don’t know if the photographer intended this effect. If you corrected the image automatically in Photoshop it would be completely different. I have retained the original appearance.
Please note: This photo has been used with permission for teaching/educational purposes at www.pictures-of-cats.org (PoC). I want to thank Ryan G. Gates, DVM of the Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic for granting permission. If people want to use the picture please ask the clinic first.
This cat has a very interesting appearance. It is not just the completely folded ears. He appears to be slightly disgruntled, which I am sure is completely misleading.
His coat is an interesting form of tabby coat. It looks like it is a dilute mackerel tabby, almost chinchilla-like. I will leave it to an expert to tell me.
This Scottish Fold was at a veterinary clinic. At least the photo has been supplied by a veterinary clinic. This brings to mind health issues. There are health issues associated with the gene that causes the ear flap cartilage to lie flat. It seems to affect other parts of the body were it has an impact on health. Folded ears alone does not affect health but probably affects the cat’s hearing.
Cats have very sensitive hearing but it must be blunted a bit by the folder ear flap. See a page on the Scottish Fold for more….