The Snowshoe Cat is a pointed breed that is distinguished with four white paws. This is a medium-sized breed with a rectangular and muscular body. The head has a triangular shape and is topped with medium-sized ears with rounded tips. Their eyes are large and walnut-shaped and come vivid blue color.
These cats have a short and plush coat that comes in different colors and patterns.
This is a smart, active and affectionate breed that likes to chat in a sweet and quiet voice. These cats tend to pick their favorite person and are always close by seeking attention.
Generally, these cats get along with everyone. However, some cats may be shy of strangers. The Snowshoe makes a docile and sweet companion and doesn’t like being left at home alone.
The Snowshoe Cat was developed in Philadelphia in the United States in the 1960s. Three white pawed kittens were born into the litter of the Siamese breeder Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty. She was intrigued by the appearance of these kittens and decided to create a Siamese-type cat with a moderate body and white paws.
Hinds-Daugherty used those three kittens and crossed them to a bi-colored American Shorthair Cat and other domestic cats. The resulting kittens didn’t have the Siamese color points. However, once she bred those offspring back to Siamese the desired look was accomplished.
Hinds-Daugherty decided to name the new breed Snowshoe because of their white paws.
When Hinds-Daugherty abandoned the Snowshoe breeding program, a breeder, Vikki Olander continued in her stead and started to promote the new breed. She wrote the breed’s standard and managed to obtain the experimental breed status in the Cat Fanciers Federation and the American Cat Association in 1974.
However, by 1977 Olander was the last Snowshoe breeder in the US and had struggles keeping the breed alive. Thus, she contacted Jim Hofman and Georgia Kuhnell who were interested in this breed.
Their combined efforts paid off and the breed was officially recognized by the Cat Fanciers Federation in 1983. The American Cat Fanciers Association recognized this breed in 1990, and The International Cat Association followed in 1993.
While the Snowshoe is a distinct breed, they are still sometimes bred back to Siamese and Oriental Shorthair Cats. This is mainly because it is hard to produce the desired markings and this breed is still considered to be rare.
This is a medium-sized breed with a rectangular and well-muscled and long body. However, these aren’t bulky cats and their bodies embodied grace.
Their muscular legs end in medium-size oval paws. The head is slightly rounded and has a triangular shape. Their ears can be medium to medium-large in size and have rounded tips. The large eyes have a walnut shape and are always vivid blue.
This is a pointed breed, which means that head, tail, ears and legs are covered in a darker color than the rest of the body. However, the four completely white paws distinguish the Snowshoe Cat from the rest of color pointed breeds.
Male cats are slightly larger and usually weigh from 9-12 pounds. Females are smaller and weigh from 7-9 pounds. However, some female cats can be large as males and weigh slightly less if not the same.
Despite having a muscular body, these cats shouldn’t look bulky. That’s why, you will have to monitor your cat’s nutrition and feed her with grain free food. This way you will prevent unnecessary weight gain and at the same time keep your cat’s muscles strong.
It is best to feed your cat according to her age and activity level to keep to keep her at the ideal weight.
This is a people-oriented breed that will pick one person over everyone else. However, they will be friendly towards all family members. They will follow their special human everywhere and be involved in all their activities.
These cats like to check on their owners, and can sometimes seem like a fussing mother around a newborn. This is an affectionate and needy cat that will demand attention in a melodious voice.
Due to their Siamese heritage, these cats love to chat. But luckily their voices are quieter and more pleasant for the ear. Your cat will chat about everything and anything and voice her complains about her next meal or lack of toys in sight.
Being a smart and intelligent cat, it will figure out how to open doors and drawers and will rifle around for items to play with. Hence, keep your cat busy with catnip toys in order to save your belongings from her thieving paws.
Furthermore, these cats will easily learn tricks or how to pass an obstacle course. They will happily walk on a cat leash just to spend more time with you. These cats also enjoy playing with water and will dab their paws into water bowls or learn how to open faucets just to have fun.
Generally, this is a fun breed to live with, if you don’t mind having a nosy cat that will investigate your every move. They are affectionate and attention seeking creatures that know how to make their owners do their bidding and provide them with lots of cuddles.
With that being said, keep in mind that this breed wants to be the center of your world and won’t appreciate staying alone at home. Thus, get your cat a companion animal if you have long working hours.
The Snowshoe is a happy go lucky cat that adapts well to any change. These cats may be a bit shy when meeting new people. However, early socialization will help your cat warm up to visitors more quickly.
Generally, these cats react well to change in scenery and will adapt to a new home in no time. Just make sure that it is receiving the same amount of attention as before.
This is an active and playful cat that stays in shape chasing after feather teasers and other cat toys. Generally, this breed is more than capable to keep itself in great shape if provided with lots of toys.
However, they are social cats and crave human interaction. Therefore, spend 15 minutes a day throwing toy balls that she can chase after and retrieve.
The Snowshoe Cat doesn’t have any known genetic health problems and is considered to be a healthy breed.
However, you should still take your cat to regular check-ups and keep her vaccinated. Additionally, use flea and tick prevention and don’t forget to deworm your cat regularly.
These cats have an average lifespan of 14-19 years. Generally, this is a healthy breed that stays vigorous well into old age.
Feed your cat with a high-quality cat food and keep her at a healthy weight to avoid any health problems related to obesity.
The Snowshoe Cat has a short and smooth coat that is easy to maintain. Hence, you will only have to brush your cat twice a week.
Use a grooming glove to distribute skin oils and to remove loose hair and dander. These cats shed moderately and regular grooming routine will help you remove all hair that would otherwise end on your carpets.
The Snowshoe Cat comes in point coloration. Meaning it has a light cream colored body and darker points on ears, face, legs and tail.
Depending on the association, these cats can come in seal, blue, black, chocolate, red, cream, cinnamon and fawn point coloration. Additionally, some organizations allow these colors in tabby, tortoiseshell, and tortoiseshell-tabby patterns.
When it comes to their distinctive look, these cats should have an inverted ‘V’ between the eyes and over the muzzle. Additionally, two symmetrical white mittens should adorn both front paws. The back paws should be dressed in two symmetrical white boots.
The sweet-tempered and playful Snowshoe Cat makes an ideal pet for families with children. These cats enjoy playing with kids and will ecstatically run to retrieve catnip toys.
They also get along with other cats and dogs if introduced properly.
The active and fun-loving Snowshoe Cats love interacting with their owners and will happily chase after mice toys. They know how to entertain themselves.
So get your cat a puzzle toy to keep her busy when you aren’t around. This is an affectionate cat that will thrive if you spend at least 15 minutes a day playing with her.