Status / Details

2018, Adopted

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About MacKenna

Adopted by Devon
Born ~2016, F, White Mitted, Tuxedo Scottish Fold

This kitty has the most dramatic “Paint Brush Tail” I have ever seen. I love that phrase “a Paint Brush Tail” which describes a tail with a contrasting tip – as though it fell in a paint can. In the photos you can see that MacKenna has super solid black fur set off by snowy white accents starting with that bright white tip of her tail. Aside from her white mitted feet she has wonderful, generous white whiskers, a white bib and very dramatic white eye whiskers that reach straight towards the ceiling. She is quite the designer kitty.

How did this unusual little cutie end up in a shelter??? I have no idea. Of course I said I would take her in. She is in excellent health, 8 pounds and we have just gotten her spayed. I expect her owner is moving or traveling in Tibet or took a job overseas. She is the “most desirable” type of Scottish Fold, at least for the show ring in that her tiny ears are folded flat to her head. This type of fold is called “airplane fold” – ears that are like the horizontal wings of an airplane. Her ears are so small and low that when she walks they are sort of invisible and she looks like a sleek panther. I included one out of focus walking photo so you can see what I mean (she wouldn’t hold still). She is very striking. Of course her lime green yellow, headlight eyes dazzle.

Scottish Fold kitties must be bred to another non Fold breed for genetic reasons. Two Folds bred together create kitties with very bad (!) arthritis so experienced, caring breeders “out breed” them. Most often a British Blue shorthair is used but I have had Himalayan folds, red tabby Folds and many others in foster before. Some of the Folds I have fostered have had straight ears. Scottish Folds are described by the quality of foldedness they are born with – 1. straight eared, 2. halfway down folded ears, and 3. like MacKenna, the airplane fold. All are loved and sought after by Fold lovers.

I might add that a highly low folded ear such as MacKenna has is not a health problem for her. The ears – like any cat’s ears – need to be looked at on occasion and cleaned of dirty. That’s all, nothing really special is needed. Scottish Folds have normal hearing also.

So what is MacKenna’s personality like?? She is a confident girl who loves attention. She will roll around on her back looking at you, giving you a come hither look from her big eyes. (She especially does this when she is in heat. Oh my yes.) MacKenna is a good natured cat who is up for any kind of play. She is not thrilled with other cats though she may be fine with gentle non alpha cats. Most of the time I have had her she has been in heat which means restless, not friendly to female cats, quite uncomfortable in general. Females do NOT seem to enjoy being in heat at all which is another reason to spay them. I have no idea how she is with dogs. I would expect she would be dominant.

So here she is a happy, healthy young girl. She loves everything, her ball toys especially, people, exploring, food. She is an easy cat and will make some family a wonderful, entertaining affectionate companion. MacKenna loves attention but she is not at this point a shoulder cat. We have only had her a few weeks she may show herself to be a lap cat as she settles into her new home. Of course having been abandoned in a shelter her recent life has been unsettled and stressful. She is handling it well.

MacKenna eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.

Her foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.

Contact Harriet at (831) 336-2983 or email: if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application. If you are unable to reach Harriet by phone or email, email us at

NOTE: We prefer families with children bring them to the adoption appointment. Why? This allows interaction between the children and the cat. This helps ensure they will be a good fit for each other. A mismatch between a child and a cat is not in anyone’s best interest!