The rare Snowshoe is super-smart and very social. This breed takes her name from her adorable white “boots,” the coloration that covers their feet at least to the ankle. They're actually born all white—several weeks later, they start developing the beautiful dark points that give them their signature look. Because their striking appearance requires the cooperation of recessive genes, this breed is somewhat rare. The International Cat Association has registered fewer than four hundred Snowshoe cats in the previous decade.
This breed can grow to between 7-12 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
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I'm a cat and proud of itBEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE SNOWSHOE'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These cats are just bursting with affection and friendliness (for their chosen people, that is). Snowshoes tend to bond tightly with one member of a household. It's no surprise, then, that yours might be a bit shy around strangers.
With her family, though, this breed thrives on attention and especially physical contact. You really can't plan to leave her on her own for an entire work day, so this breed will do well with folks who are retired, work from home, or are lucky enough to work in a bring-your-cat-to-work friendly office. If you're not going to be home with your Snowshoe most of the time, she'll appreciate a furry friend to keep her company.
WHAT IS SNOWSHOE'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?
This is an athletic and intelligent breed who likes to keep herself clean. They are affectionate and very demanding of your attention. Their voices aren't loud, but your Snowshoe is definitely going to let you know if she has something on her mind. And because they crave your attention, this breed would prefer to have a paw on you or to have you petting them whenever possible.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY SNOWSHOE ENTERTAINED?
Clever and good-natured, many Snowshoes will eagerly learn tricks. They also like water; yours might appreciate a bowl or faucet to splash in. Don't forget to play with this social kitty at least daily.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO SNOWSHOES LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Snowshoes are distinguished by their white gloves (or boots) on all four feet, striking blue eyes, and blue or seal points. Their coats are smooth and short.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SNOWSHOES HAVE?
This breed is generally healthy, but keep an eye out for gum and dental problems. Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE SNOWSHOES GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Snowshoes aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers. If you're worried about allergies, let's talk about sex: male cats produce more allergens than their female counterparts. Short—or wiry-haired cats do tend to be easier keepers than their long-haired cousins. But shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS MY SNOWSHOE'S BEST DAY?
Your Snowshoe prefers to run the show. She'll tell you exactly how she'd prefer to spend her day. But you should be petting her while she decides, thanks very much.
SHOULD I ADOPT A SNOWSHOE?
Snowshoes are good matches for anyone willing to be owned by an opinionated, affectionate, intimidatingly brilliant feline companion. If you think you can meet this kitty's understandably high standards and will be around the house enough for her to keep an eye on you, you might consider having a Snowshoe let her see you home.
Have you decided that a Snowshoe is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.