How to Groom A Snowshoe Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Snowshoe cats are a unique breed known for their distinctive markings and friendly personalities. They have a white coat with dark points on their ears, tail, and feet, giving them a striking appearance. Snowshoes are also known for their affectionate and social nature, making them great companions for families and individuals alike. They are intelligent and playful, often enjoying interactive toys and games with their owners.

Snowshoe cats are also known for their vocalizations, often communicating with their owners through meows and chirps. Overall, Snowshoe cats make wonderful pets for those looking for a loving and active feline companion.

Snowshoe Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate

Coat Type & Length: Short

Coat Texture: The Snowshoe cat breed has a short, smooth coat that is soft to the touch. Their coat is mostly white with darker points on their ears, tail, and feet.

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Essential Grooming Tools for Snowshoe Cats

In order to groom Snowshoe Cats properly, you’ll need to have the following tools:

Grooming ToolDescription
Slicker brushGets rid of stray hairs, detangles minor knots, and preserves a glossy coat
Grooming glovesGently removes loose hair while providing a relaxing massage
Nail clippersTrims your cat’s nails carefully to hinder overgrowth and reduce the risk of injuries
Ear cleanerHelps reduce the buildup of bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms in your cat’s ears, thereby preventing ear infections
Cotton ballsEffectively absorb and remove dirt, debris, and excess earwax from the cat’s ears, contributing to better overall ear health and reducing the risk of infections
ToothbrushMaintains your cat’s oral health by cleaning their teeth and preventing dental concerns
ToothpasteCat toothpaste contains ingredients that combat bad breath, leaving your cat with a fresher, more pleasant mouth odor
ShampooCat shampoos effectively eliminate dirt, grime, and oils from your cat’s coat, while also neutralizing any unpleasant odors, leaving your cat’s fur clean, soft, and fresh-smelling

Equipped with our grooming tools, we’re ready to start grooming our cats!

Grooming A Snowshoe Cat: Step-by-Step


cat brush types

FrequencyBrush your Snowshoe once a week

TechniqueUse the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Use a deshedding tool to remove loose hair and minimize shedding.


Snowshoe cats have short, dense coats that don’t require frequent bathing. That said, if the need to bathe your cat ever arises, here’s how you should go about it:

  1. Start by brushing their coat to remove any loose hair and tangles.
  2. Fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and add a gentle cat shampoo.
  3. Wet your Snowshoe thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears or eyes.
  4. Gently massage the shampoo into their coat, avoiding their face.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and wrap your Snowshoe in a towel to dry.
  6. Be sure to give them plenty of love and treats afterwards to make the experience positive!

How Often Should I Bathe My Snowshoe Cat?

You should bathe your Snowshoe cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their coat’s cleanliness and health.

Nail Trimming

How to Trim the Nails of a Snowshoe Cat:

  • Gather your supplies: cat nail clippers, styptic powder (in case of bleeding), and treats.
  • Find a comfortable spot for your Snowshoe cat, such as a table or your lap.
  • Hold your cat gently but firmly, and extend one paw at a time.
  • Use the nail clippers to trim the tip of each nail, being careful not to cut the quick (the pink part inside the nail).
  • If you accidentally cut the quick and your cat starts bleeding, apply styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  • Reward your Snowshoe cat with treats and praise after each paw is trimmed.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping Nails

Trim your Snowshoe cat’s nails every 2-3 weeks to prevent them from getting too long and causing discomfort or damage to furniture.

How to Clean the Ears of a Snowshoe Cat

cleaning cat ears

  • Gather your supplies: cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Hold your Snowshoe cat securely in your lap or on a table.
  • Gently lift one ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Snowshoe cat with a treat or praise for being a good patient.

Things to Watch Out For

– Never use sharp objects to clean your Snowshoe cat’s ears. This can push debris further into the ear canal and cause injury.
– If your Snowshoe cat shows signs of discomfort or pain during the ear cleaning process, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.
– If you notice any signs of infection or inflammation, such as a foul odor or discharge, contact your veterinarian.

Snowshoe Cat Dental Hygiene

  1. Start by getting your Snowshoe cat comfortable with having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  2. Once your cat is comfortable with having their mouth touched, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  3. Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  4. Gently brush your Snowshoe cat’s teeth in a circular motion, focusing on the outer surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to brush the back teeth as well.
  5. Brush for about 30 seconds on each side of the mouth.
  6. Reward your Snowshoe cat with a treat or praise after brushing to make it a positive experience.

Recommended Frequency: Brush your Snowshoe cat’s teeth at least 2-3 times a week to maintain good oral hygiene.

Preventing and Addressing Common Coat Issues

Pat yourself on the back for grooming your cat properly! That said, look out for the following:

Fleas and Ticks

Use a flea comb to regularly check for fleas and ticks on your cat’s fur.

Vacuum your home frequently to remove any fleas or ticks that may be hiding in carpets or furniture.

Use a flea and tick preventative medication recommended by your veterinarian to keep your cat protected.

Matted Fur

Snowshoes have medium-length fur that can easily become matted if not brushed regularly. Use a slicker brush to gently remove any tangles and mats, starting at the base of the fur and working your way up.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Snowshoes are prone to skin allergies and irritations, so it’s important to keep their coat clean and well-groomed. Regular brushing and bathing with a gentle shampoo can help prevent skin issues. If your Snowshoe does develop a skin irritation, consult with your veterinarian for proper treatment.

How Often Should I Brush My Snowshoe Cat?

You should brush your Snowshoe cat at least once a week to prevent matting and hairballs. They have a short, fine coat that sheds moderately, so regular brushing will help keep their coat healthy and shiny.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Snowshoe Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Snowshoe cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, and even allergic reactions. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.