Everything You Need to Know About Mau

As you can probably imagine, a lot of the questions I get asked are actually about my Scottish Fold baby (and the real MVP of my Instagram feed), Mau. So in the interest of efficiency, I thought I’d put together a list of FAQs for your reference. 👋

Where did you get Mau from?

We got Mau from a breeder called Keith Marsom in Kaukapakapa, Auckland. As far as I know, he breeds British Short Hairs as well as Scottish Folds (I think his company name is FOLDABRIT), and was really lovely to deal with. You can find Keith’s contact details over on the NZCF website (click here).

Is Mau an indoor-only cat?

Yes! The breeder encouraged us to keep her inside, as Scottish Folds have quite a bad reputation for being killed (and sometimes stolen). Scottish Folds tend to be on the relaxed side, which is lovely, but means they’re nowhere near as cautious as they probably should be: there have been an unfortunate number of Scottish Folds killed by garage doors closing on them, and similarly avoidable accidents. Mau does love to go outside though (grass is her no. 1 passion), but we always supervise her.

Is Mau affectionate?

Yes! Scottish Folds aren’t usually considered “lap cats” (look at me with all my cat lingo), but Mau is soooooo affectionate. To be honest, I can’t really imagine a needier kitty – she likes to be with us constantly! 😅 She greets us at the door when we get home, follows us from room to room, sleeps with us all night, and is super smoochy during the day. The only downside is that I really hate leaving her!

How does Mau cope with kids and/or other animals?

She is lovely with kids! She’s really tolerant, and is super gentle – I don’t think she’s ever scratched or bitten anyone ever. She’s nowhere near as scared of kids as she probably should be! Mau hasn’t really come into contact with other animals yet, but Scottish Folds supposedly adjust really well to other cats (and dogs), which is good news for us, as we’re planning on adding another Fold to the family soon AND a beagle pup!

How much did Mau cost?

Mau was just under $1000, which included all her vaccinations, neutering, and micro-chipping.

How do you stop Mau from scratching your furniture?

I think we’ve been pretty lucky with Mau, because this really hasn’t been a big problem for us. When she was a kitten, we would spray her with a water bottle when she scratched the couch, buuuuuuut I think she grew to quite like it. 🙈 She only really scratches furniture if she’s playing (e.g., to pull herself around upside down or something). We tend to keep plenty of scratching poles and playhouses around, so she always has something nearby if she needs a good scratch.

How do you handle having a litter box in the house?

The litter box was one of my main concerns before we got Mau. I used to insist that Mau would be an outdoor cat, solely because I didn’t think I could handle having a litter box in the house for the rest of my life. But it’s actually no drama! We use crystal litter, which deals with the odour really well – we honestly don’t smell anything ever, and she’s never had an accident.

Does Mau mind being in the car?

She definitely doesn’t enjoy being in the car (much to my disappointment), but I think she copes with it really well considering. We’ve taken her on a couple of 5 hour trips (relocating from Auckland to New Plymouth and then back again), and she doesn’t meow or pee or anything like that. She seems to find it more stressful if we put her in a box, so I drive, and Carl has her on his lap the whole time.

Does Mau have health problems?

Nope! There are a couple of health risks specific to Scottish Folds, so we have pet insurance just in case, but she hasn’t had any problems yet. As far as I know, most Scottish Folds live perfectly healthy lives.

How old was Mau when you got her?

She was 3 months old! We brought her home on Boxing Day, 2016. We didn’t have the option of bringing her home any earlier than this, as you have to be a registered breeder in order to purchase an unneutered Scottish Fold in New Zealand, and they can’t really be neutered before the 3 month mark.

Does Mau shed?

Yes! Wearing dark colours just hasn’t been the same since we got her (RIP navy), but it’s not usually more of a problem than that. She definitely sheds more leading into summer (and her favourite rocking chairs have a decent fur coat year round), but most of the time it’s super manageable.

What colour is Mau?

Her coat is technically called “silver shaded”, which is mainly white (as you have likely noticed) with a little silvery grey thrown in.

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4 Comments

  1. Catissimo
    January 20, 2019 / 10:43 pm

    Mau is the reason I follow your instagram! She is a joy to see!

    • January 25, 2019 / 6:30 am

      Aww thank you so much! She really is the loveliest thing. 😻

  2. Ang
    October 1, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    Hi

    We have a kitten we got from Keith too 🙂 however ours is a british blue shorthair. Just wondering if you let Mau outside? Im terrified at letting Portia outside however now at 6 months she is really wanting too and with summer coming we will want the house open…

    Be fab if you could let me know how you handled that…

    Many thanks
    Ang

    • October 4, 2019 / 9:18 pm

      Hi Ang! We do let Mau (and Mooncake) outside most days, but it’s more of a supervised play situation. 😅 I’ve sent you an email so we can chat more there!

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