The Snowshoe is a rare breed originating in the USA born by a Siamese cat. They are rate due to the difficulty of reproducing the correct coat markings.
Snowshoes are medium-sized cats with triangular or traditional head shape, medium to large ears and are pointed cats. They were named for their pretty white paws, result of Siamese and American Shorthair cats.
Snowshoes have a short, smooth coat, with light body color and darker ears, face, legs and tail. Recognized colors by official registries include seal and blue point coloration, black, chocolate, red, cream and cinnamon. The kittens are born white and markings appear within 1 to 3 weeks.
Snowshoes are friendly, sweet and affectionate cats. They are also playful, social and loyal especially to the one person of the family they have the strongest bond. They are very communicative, like their ancestors the Siamese cats, they tolerate water and they like to spend their time with you. They get along very well with children and other cat-friendly pets, especially if they are introduced early when they are kittens.
Their temperament is similar to the Siamese. They hate to be left alone long time, they can be quite demanding to attract your attention either to play or to be petted. They are excellent pets, but if you or other members of your family do not have enough time to spend with the cat, you better re-consider adopting one Snowshoe. Of course if you have a second one or a friendly dog, then she has something to put the energy and attention.
Snowshoe is easy to groom: once or twice, in shedding seasons, brushing is enough to maintain their soft fur. Ear cleaning, nail trimming, teeth brushing to protect from periodontal diseases and daily cleaning of their litter box is all the care they need. Annual vaccination is required.
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