Known for their striking white feet and love of people, Snowshoe cats are also remarkable for their tolerance for water.
So don’t expect your Snowshoe to be aloof and standoffish; it may even climb into the bathtub with you!
The breed of cats first appeared in the 1960s in a litter of Siamese from Philadelphia, and by the 1990s they had become one of the more popular offshoots of the Siamese.
Should you Purchase Pet Insurance for your Snowshoe Cat?
Four different genetic traits are involved in creating the Snowshoe, and this intensive breeding regimen naturally increases the possibility for hereditary disorders.
So while all cats are susceptible to various forms of illness, there are a few conditions that Snowshoe owners need to be on the lookout for:
- Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD): a number of different problems can result in the chronic condition known as FLUTD, which causes cats to suffer from painful urination and other forms of discomfort. Ultrasounds and biopsies may be required to confirm diagnosis, and treatment can involve anything from medicines to surgery.
- Renal failure: conditions like FLUTD can result in chronic or acute problems with the kidneys. As with FLUTD, drugs and/or surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and to prevent the condition from becoming life threatening.
- Diabetes: as in humans, this disease affects a cat’s ability to control blood sugar levels.
So pet parents need to be prepared in advance if their cats happen to suffer from these and other illnesses.