Basil is a therapy cat, a rarity in a field dominated by dogs. When she started 3.5 years ago, she mainly worked with seniors at various facilities in greater Portland. She recently started visiting the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
We conducted a brief interview with Basil, through her human manager (and Mom) Tina.
The distinguishing physical feature of the Scottish Fold breed of cat are the ears. The forward flopping of the ears is caused by a gene mutation that affects the cartilage. Kittens are born with straight ears and only some develop the fold at three to four weeks of age. This breed is also known for their loving and affectionate nature.
Do you have a Scottish Fold? If so, what do you love most about them?
The Himalayan breed resulted from the cross-breeding of Persian and Siamese cats in the 1950s. They are a longhair cat that requires grooming. They like to be with humans and be involved in whatever you’re doing.
Do you have a Himalayan? If so, what do you love most about this breed?