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.
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
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:
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