The Snowshoe is one of the newest breeds of cat. It arose because of a chance Siamese cat breed mutation in which the kittens had white feet and white on the chin and nose. This attractive coloration inspired a cat fancier to create this new breed. A blend now of Siamese and American Shorthair, the color patterns required for the Snowshoe are difficult to attain. The Snowshoe Cat must have a white, inverted ‘V’ on the lower part of its face as well as white feet.
A properly marked Snowshoe will look as if it has been walking in the snow. The coat of the Snowshoe can resemble that of a Siamese, but it can also have coloration usually associated with the Shorthair, such as fawn, red, tabby, or tortoiseshell. Born completely white, like Siamese, Snowshoe kittens begin to acquire their coloration in several weeks. Reflecting its Siamese heritage, the eyes of the Snowshoe Cat are always blue.
The Snowshoe is a medium-sized cat, although some toms can achieve a weight of 18 pounds. This is a graceful looking cat that represents a pleasing blend of both backgrounds in its body type.
More Snowshoe Cat Facts
• The Snowshoe is well adapted to living in an apartment, and does not require a yard to be happy. If you are looking for a pet to keep you company indoors, this breed is a good choice.
• This cat attaches itself very strongly to its human family, and will become upset if left alone for long periods of time. If the house will be empty for a good part of the day, consider another breed that does not need so much attention.
• Although this cat is affectionate with the whole family, it will often choose one person to whom it is especially devoted, and will follow this person about.
• The Snowshoe is playful and will enjoy interacting with the family if toys are available.
• Snowshoes are calm and gentle cats and get along well with children.
• This breed will live comfortably with other pets, such as dogs or rabbits.
• The Snowshoe Cat is a true lap cat, and will appreciate being able to sleep on the owner’s bed at night.
• If you are unfamiliar with cats as pets, Snowshoes make good ‘first cats’ because of their pleasant disposition.
• Unlike many breeds of cat, the Snowshoe is fascinated by running water, and will play with water coming out of the tap. Some will even take a dip in the bathtub.
• Snowshoes can be taught to walk on a leash. It is best to use a harness rather than a collar with a cat so as not to put too much strain on the neck.
• As these cats are very intelligent as well as being eager to please, it is possible to teach them tricks.
• While the Siamese is noted for its loud, distinctive meow, the voice of the Snowshoe is much softer. Like the Siamese, however, they enjoy ‘talking’ quite a bit.
• Because it is a short haired cat breed, the Snowshoe will not require a great deal of attention to its coat. It is, however, a good idea to brush the cat once a week to remove dead hairs – this will help prevent the cat from swallowing as many and also keep the house cleaner.
• Try to feed the cat a premium brand of cat food, it will keep the coat in better condition and the cat in better health generally.
• The Snowshoe is a healthy breed, and will generally present no health problems to the owner. A yearly visit to the veterinarian to keep current on vaccinations (even for a cat that never leaves the house) is generally all that is needed.
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