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Snowshoe

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A Playful Cat

Easygoing, Extroverted, Sociable

Snowshoes are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Snowshoes, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Snowshoes and some can be quite irritating! Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Body:Semi-foreign, long, firm, medium-sized Coat:Short to medium short, close-lying

Length of fur
1

1 = short - 5 = long

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Snowshoes need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine. 

Dental: Snowshoes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Snowshoes are a mellow and sweet-natured cat with an affinity for tricks, a lovable family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Even temper and gentle disposition

  • Energetic and playful

  • A good companion and pet

  • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

  • Does most of her own grooming

Negative Traits:

  • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much


Whether you are considering adding a new Snowshoe to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Snowshoe will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Snowshoe you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Snowshoe could encounter:

Heart Disease

FLUTD

Renal Failure

Hyperthyroidism

Diabetes Mellitus

Allergies/Atopy

Originally called “Silver Laces,“ the Snowshoe breed came about accidentally in the 1960’s when a Siamese cat breeder from Philadelphia discovered three of her kittens were born with white feet. The Snowshoe looks to be the combination of the heftiness of the American Shorthair with the color pattern of the Siamese. The Snowshoe is very affectionate and likes being with people; they prefer not to be left alone for long periods. The Snowshoe is intelligent and trainable. Usually mellow and gentle natured, Snowshoes get along well with children and other pets. Fond of playing in water, a Snowshoe might take a swim, if given the opportunity.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Snowshoe shows signs of the following:

  • weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

  • increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

  • voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

  • abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

  • Care

    Routine Care: Snowshoes need daily play sessions that stimulate their natural desire to hunt and explore. Keep their mind and body active or they may develop behavior issues. Cats are meticulously clean and demand a clean litter box. Be sure to provide at least one box for each cat and scoop waste daily. It is important that your cat drinks adequate amounts of water. If they won’t drink water from their bowl try adding ice cubes or a flowing fountain.

    Grooming: They have a low maintenance short coat. Brush as needed, at least weekly for a healthy shine. 

    Dental: Snowshoes have generally good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Check her ears weekly for wax, debris, or signs of infection and clean when necessary. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Snowshoes are a mellow and sweet-natured cat with an affinity for tricks, a lovable family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Even temper and gentle disposition

    • Energetic and playful

    • A good companion and pet

    • Highly intelligent and able to learn tricks

    • Does most of her own grooming

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs the company of other pets or people and does not do well in isolation

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Snowshoe to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Snowshoe will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Snowshoe you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Snowshoe could encounter:

    Heart Disease

    FLUTD

    Renal Failure

    Hyperthyroidism

    Diabetes Mellitus

    Allergies/Atopy

  • History

    Originally called “Silver Laces,“ the Snowshoe breed came about accidentally in the 1960’s when a Siamese cat breeder from Philadelphia discovered three of her kittens were born with white feet. The Snowshoe looks to be the combination of the heftiness of the American Shorthair with the color pattern of the Siamese. The Snowshoe is very affectionate and likes being with people; they prefer not to be left alone for long periods. The Snowshoe is intelligent and trainable. Usually mellow and gentle natured, Snowshoes get along well with children and other pets. Fond of playing in water, a Snowshoe might take a swim, if given the opportunity.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Snowshoe shows signs of the following:

    • weakness or exercise intolerance; rapid, labored, or open-mouth breathing; sudden-onset of weakness

    • increased thirst and urination, poor appetite, weight loss

    • voracious appetite, weight loss, excessive thirst and urination

    • abnormal skin or coat, excessive grooming

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