Snowshoe Cats 101 : Fun Facts & Myths

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In today’s video, we are going to talk about some interesting facts and myths, about the Snowshoe Cat.

With her bright blue eyes, white «snow boot» paws, and the other sweet-natured Snowshoe cat characteristics, this breed is the perfect fit for pet parents who have plenty of love and attention to give to their fur baby.

Two of the snowshoe’s most distinctive features are her coat and color markings, both of which reflect her Siamese ancestors. Born all-white, snowshoe kittens develop their dark features in the first few years of life. This breed is a seal point or blue point, like a Siamese. However, this kitty has a coat resembling a «tuxedo» where the feet are a different color, which comes from her American shorthair genes, explains The International Cat Association or TICA. As the snowshoe cat ages, it’s normal for her coat to darken.

They are unique and beautiful. These snowshoe cat characteristics, coupled with her athletic build, make a striking combination. Unlike her Siamese cousins, this breed has a much rounder and fuller face and body. The male snowshoe is much sturdier than the female, but both have muscular bodies. Generally, the head is triangular, with long ears that are rounded at the tips.

The snowshoe’s eyes are another striking feature, ranging from deep to pale blue. No matter the shade of blue, they’re always bright and shining.

Here are some interesting facts about Snowshoe Cat.

1. Snowhoe Cat’s History.

Like his ancestor the Siamese, the Snowshoe is a pointed cat, meaning she has a light-colored body with dark areas in seal or blue: the tail, legs, and ears, plus a mask around the eyes, broken up by an inverted V-shaped marking in white between blue eyes and over the muzzle. Four white paws punctuate the dark legs, with the front paws termed “mittens” and the rear paws “boots.” The body is more rounded than that of the Siamese, with short hair.

The appearance of the Snowshoe harks back to the late Victorian era, with photographic and silk-screen evidence of Siamese kittens with four white feet, but the breed we know today was not developed until the mid-20th century. White-pawed Siamese known as Silver Laces made a brief appearance in the 19 50s, but it wasn’t until the 19 60s that Philadelphia Siamese breeder Dorothy Hinds-Daugherty decided to create a Siamese-type cat with white paws and a moderate body. She called them Snowshoes.

2. Snowshoe Cat’s Size.

This medium-size cat weighs 9 to 12 pounds. Females are smaller, weighing 7 to 10 pounds, although some approach the size if not the heft of males.

3. Snowshoe Cat’s Personality.

The snowshoe cat is a very kind and intelligent creature with a playful personality. She’ll do what she can to get your attention, including jumping on your lap when you’re trying to work, or observing your every move from a high perch. If you have a snowshoe, you should consider purchasing a cat condo for your furry friend because she loves to be up high.

Her personality definitely is not that of the loner cat, as she requires companionship and isn’t happy when left alone for long periods of time. Cats of this breed will attach themselves to one pet parent, and if you’re the lucky chosen one, you’ll soon discover that you have a constant companion, much like a dog. «They like to be near you, but unlike dogs, they prefer to lead you than to follow you,». The snowshoe is most content when everyone is at home, and because she is so good-natured, she’s a great choice for families with young children or other cats.

4. Snowshoe Cat’s Health.

Both pedigreed and mixed-breed cats have varying incidences of health problems that may be genetic in nature. The Snowshoe is generally healthy. Occasionally, a Snowshoe may have a kink in her tail or crossed eyes, vestiges of her Siamese ancestry, but those cosmetic flaws don’t affect her health or ability to be a great companion.

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