In the late 1960’s, a cat breeder in Philadelphia crossed a Siamese with an American Shorthair. This resulted in a breed very similar in looks to Siamese, but with white feet and ‘socks’. Snowshoe cats are ancestors of the Siamese and are kind, intelligent, and playful creatures. The Snowshoe is a unique individual who is always interesting to live with. She stays close to the favored person and can often be found snuggling their owner closeby.
Common Health Conditions
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the ear, eyelid or nose is a skin cancer caused by repeated exposure to the sun. White, or light colored, cats are more susceptible to squamous cell carcinoma.
- Patellar luxation is a hereditary condition in Snowshoe cats, that results in dislocation of the kneecap that can range from mild to severe.
- When the thyroid gland, located in the neck, begins to overproduce the thyroid hormone this is called hyperthyroidism in cats. Typically affecting cats 7 years or older, the overproduction increases the cat’s metabolism creating long term negative effects on the heart, kidneys and other organs.