Snowshoe is an original and rare cat breed. This is a blue-eyed beauty in a dark mask and white shoes – many describe Snowshoe. Due to the presence of white shoes on the paws of these cats, they became a separate individual. In addition, the cat must be shorthaired and have a color similar to the Siamese breed.
Also, Snowshoe has an unusual character, and his face can become sullen.
Description of Snowshoe
Representatives of the breed have standard body sizes, males are usually larger than females.
An adult pet weighs 7 kg, but its average weight is 4 kg.
According to TICA standards, a cat is described as follows:
- The head of the animal is in the shape of a triangle of regular shape. Delicate contours and high cheekbones.
- The ears are medium in size and continue the shape of the skull at the base. Rounded at the tips.
- There is a hump on the nose of medium length, a smooth curve on the bridge of the nose.
- The eyes are not protruding, oval in shape. Their color: light blue or blue.
- The body is proportional, quite strong.
- The average length of the paws is proportional to the entire body.
- A standard size tail tapers towards the tip.
- Smooth short coat.
The color of a cat’s coat can be varied. So they distinguish:
- forces (seal);
- combined variants of the indicated colors.
Snowshoe is as unique in character as they are in their outstanding appearance. These are curious and active pets that you will not get bored with. In comparison with Siamese cats, which are distinguished by their loudness, the snow shoo has a pleasant and quiet voice. And some representatives of the breed are completely soundless.
Snowshoe cats choose one favorite owner. However, they are eager to communicate with other pets, make friends with pets in and out of the house.
Snowshoe are smart cats. If there is a dog in the house, then the cat will gladly learn tricks with her. This animal can be called an extrovert.
“Puss in Boots” loves company very much and can get bored alone. If she does not see the owner for a long time or he does not deal with her, the Snowshoe falls into melancholy.
Therefore, before purchasing this breed, you should think about whether you can find the opportunity to spend enough time with your pet.
For families with children, this cat will become the funniest and best friend. You really won’t get bored with him.
The cat loves walking outdoors and free movement while traveling. But releasing it alone is not worth it, even if you have a private sector. A curious animal can easily move outside of your territory.
Another feature of the cat is her love for the water. She loves to swim in ponds or in the bathroom at home.
Snowshoe needs to be brushed 2 times a week. This is necessary in order to remove dead hairs from the surface, to maintain the coat in a neat condition. Also, the cat needs to brush its teeth in order to prevent periodontitis.
On this wire, you can go to a specialist in the clinic, at least once a month, or carry out it yourself. You can buy toothpaste at a veterinary store, and a brush at a regular store. It is also important to give your pet vitamins and health supplements from time to time to keep your teeth healthy.
When purchasing a Snowshoe, you need to immediately take into account the cat’s love for communication. If they have been at home alone all day, they will express their complaints to the owners upon their return. One of the rules of caring for cats is not to leave them alone at home for a long time. With Snowshoe, you need to play outdoor games (running with the ball, catching up) or developing (bring a thrown object).
Since cats love water, they love to bathe in the bathtub and shower. Snowshoe is often asked to go to the bathroom when one of the owners is there. Be prepared that the animal’s water bowl may contain its toys or some small items found in the house. So the cat is interested in water and games in it.
A separate sleeping place is required for keeping a cat. It is better for her to purchase a “couch” in advance. Snowshoe should have deep, quality bowls for food and drink. It is also important to get her 1-2 scratching posts. If the snow lives in a large house, then you need to buy at least 2 trays.
It is also important that in caring for a pet you will need special hygiene products, toys, brushes for combing wool (rubber and comb), reins, and a portable basket.
Snowshoe cats need a balanced diet. It is strictly forbidden to feed them “off the table” food.
Feed your pets natural food if you have prepared and are going to follow the correct diet in advance. It should include vitamin and mineral complexes.
The best food option for Snowshoe is premium industrial food. They are balanced and do not require additional food. The ready-made food fully satisfies the needs of the cat for vitamins and minerals. They are chosen in accordance with the age of the animal and the length of its coat.
This is important because short-haired animals require fewer vitamins and calcium than long-haired ones. And Snowshoe over 10 years old may have problems with digestion, so food for them is selected of a different composition.
Adults of the breed are fed up to 3 times a day. Kittens up to one and a half years old – 4-5 times a day.
If you feed your pet with natural food, then be sure to serve him the following:
- Lean meat (chicken, beef, lamb).
- Fermented milk products (cottage cheese, kefir, sour cream, yogurt, yogurt).
- Vegetables (zucchini, beets, cabbage, broccoli).
- Boneless sea fish.
Also periodically (once a month) cleanse the cat’s stomach before feeding by feeding him special additives that can remove hair from the Snowshoe stomach.