Breeding is a term used to describe the process of mating to produce offspring in animals. Due to the large practice of animal husbandry and using these lower lifeforms as pets, it is often instigated by us humans. Although naturally, it occurs almost randomly, selective breeding which is influenced by humans is rather done favoring factors in animals preferred by humans. Animals reared due to products they produced that are important for the survival of man like eggs, meats, milk, manure, etc, are selectively bred based on how their phenotype lets them perform in their service to man. Cows reared solely for milk are bred in consideration of how well they produce milk.
This also goes for the breeding of creatures that are used as pets. In this case, other factors are considered when choosing the animals or the species to breed. Factors like general appearance, intelligence, the softness of skin, fur or feather color, aggression, and some other pet-related factors. Cats are an example of animals that are popularly used as pets, many of these animal species are loved by several people across the world. They are favored because of their unique personalities, beautiful furs, and gorgeous look. Several cat species are selectively bred due to the favorable characteristics they possess.
The Scottish Fold cats are highly demanded in the petting world because of their unique appearance. They have small, tightly squeezed ears, that alter their entire facial look, it makes their face look rounder and to various cat lovers, much more appealing. It is a highly priced breed, which is recognized by different cat lovers. Its ear fold, by which it is solely named is its standout character, the fold is caused by a natural genetic defect. It resulted in the cat species lacking muscles in their ears. The so-called defect is desired by many pet owners, and the cats blessed by this defect are preferred when selecting pets to breed.
Now, whether it is right or wrong to intentionally breed Scottish Folds is a complex dilemma. A fraction holds this activity to be as justifiable as breeding other varieties of pets because Scottish Fold’s features are worthy of transferring to the next generation of cats. Other fractions argued that this particular cat species is reputable for its usual ease of gaining weight and its inactivity. Conditions that could be linked to an existing pain that limits their activity. The absurdity that made Scottish Folds so loved is caused by a gene mutation that affects cartilage which causes their ears to fold. But this strange mutation does not only affect the cartilages present in the cat’s ears but other cartilages present in the skeletal makeup of the pet.
In essence, Scottish Folds can suffer from severe degenerative joint diseases that result in the animal experiencing difficulty in movement, an action that can also be painful. But is this enough reason to make such a beautiful creature go extinct? No, that’s the answer people with an opposing school of thought gives. They argue that the problem can be easily circumvented through simple medical procedures plus if the breeding process is properly done it would reduce drastically the chance of these conditions occurring.