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The Singapura Cat

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Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Small. Average body.

Weight:

Featherweight Kitty. From 4-8 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 11-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Small. Average body.

Weight:

Featherweight Kitty. From 4-8 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 11-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

Breed Group:

Domestic.

Size:

Small. Average body.

Weight:

Featherweight Kitty. From 4-8 lbs.

Exercise Needs:

Professional athlete. Needs no exercise.

Ability To Adapt:

High. Quickly adjusts to surroundings.

Health:

Very good. Minor health issues.

Average Lifespan:

From 11-15 years.

Need For Grooming:

Once a week. Low shedding.

Compatibility:

Good with children & other pets.

Potential For Playfulness:

Through the roof!

The Singapura Cat is one of the smallest cat breeds. It has unusually large eyes and ears. Despite being tiny, the Singapura has a well-muscled and stocky body. They have short and thick necks, heavily muscled legs, small paws and slender tails.

Their heads are rounded with a definite whisker break and broad muzzles. The large slightly pointed and deeply cupped ears and large almond-shaped eyes are the traits this breed is famous for.

This is a lively, friendly and energetic breed that forms strong bonds with its owners. These cats like to be involved in all family activities and will hitch a ride on their owners shoulders. They like meeting new people and are well suited for life with other pets.

Being a social breed, it doesn’t like being left alone and prefers having company at all times.

Breed History

The Singapura Cat is a naturally occurring breed found in Singapore. These cats lived on the streets and were known locally from at least 1965.

Little is known about the exact origin of these small brown-ticked cats. The story of the breed as we know it today began in 1975 when these cats were discovered by American cat fanciers.

After working in Singapore, Tommy and Hal Meadow returned in the US with three local brown-ticked cats. These three cats were the male and female kitten pair from the same litter and another young female. They were used to establish the breed we now call Singapura.

In 1981 another breeder visited Singapore and came across a cat that fit the Singapura description with the exception of the tail.

This cat was found in a local animal shelter and was imported to the US and placed into the breeding program. The origins of the breed were the subject of some controversy.

In 1987, a breeder Jerry Mayes discovered importation papers that showed that three founding cats were taken into Singapore from the US. 

Furthermore, these cats were registered as Abyssinians at import certificates. That led some people to believe that Singapura is a cross between Burmese and Abyssinian Cats.

However, Cat Fanciers Association investigated all the claims and found no wrongdoings. Thus, Singapura Cat kept its natural breed status.

The International Cat Association recognized this breed in 1979 and the Cat Fanciers Association gave the breed full recognition in 1988. Nowadays, the Singapura is recognized by all major cat registries.

Furthermore, in the year 1990, the Singapore Tourism Board proclaimed the breed as the nation’s travel mascot.

Size Standards

The Singapura is one of the smallest breeds of domestic cats. However, these cats have well-muscled and stocky bodies and they aren’t fragile at all.

They have short thick necks, heavily muscled legs and small oval paws. Their tails are slightly shorter than their bodies and end in a blunt tip. The rounded head has a definite whisker break and a broad muzzle.

Traits that distinguish this breed are its large eyes and ears. The deeply cupped ears are slightly pointed and the large almond-shaped eyes come in green, gold, hazel and copper color.

Their short and glossy coat comes in only one color that is called sepia agouti.

Male Singapura Cats weight from 6-8 pounds. Females are just slightly smaller and weigh from 4-6 pounds.

The Singapura is a small but stocky cat. Therefore, their weight needs to be properly managed with a high protein wet cat food. Make sure that you feed your cat according to her age and activity level to prevent obesity.

Singapura Cat Personality Traits

This is a highly energetic and playful breed that forms strong attachments to its owners. Hence, these cats love to follow their people around and will even jump on the owners shoulders. They like to be involved in all family activities and are always close by.

This is an attention seeking breed that will nag you until you leave everything to give your cat a rub or a cuddle.

The Singapura likes to jump and observe her surroundings from the highest point in your home. Therefore, these cats will climb curtains or jump from one bookshelf to the other.

To keep your cat off your furniture, get her a cat tree that will give her a chance to look over her domain. Being a curious and mischievous cat, it will use your belongings as her personal playthings. Hence, all pens and jewelry that is left unsupervised will find its way to your cat’s paws.

To prevent these petty thefts, pique your cat’s interest with a variety of cat toys.

These cats enjoy meeting new people and love to bask in the attention they receive. Despite being overly energetic and playful, the Singapura makes an affectionate companion. Thus, these cats are sensitive to their owners mood changes and will offer support when you are feeling blue.

They also make excellent bed warmers and will sleep soundly with you under the covers. When Singapura isn’t chasing after catnip toys it will sit in your lap and enjoy being petted.

Due to their attention seeking and social nature these cats don’t like being left at home alone. So get a Singapura only if you have ample time to devote to this needy feline.

Adaptability

The Singapura is a highly adaptable breed. These cats love meeting new people and know how to behave in new situations. Generally, as long as your cat is getting your full attention it will have no troubles adjusting to a new home.

This is a highly energetic and active cat that likes being busy. Keep your cat exercised and entertained with a laser pointer. And when you aren’t around, make sure that the Singapura has plenty of toys at her disposal to keep her away from your valuables.

If provided with lots of toys your cat will know how to stay in shape. However, 15-minute play sessions will meet your cat’s social needs.

Health and Potential Health Problems

The Singapura is considered to be a generally healthy breed. However, it was recently discovered that these cats are prone to an enzyme deficiency that causes anemia.

This doesn’t mean that your cat will be affected. Still, it is better to know about this condition prior to bringing a cat home.

  • Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency: It’s an inherited genetic disease that is caused by the enzyme deficiency. The lack of this enzyme impairs the blood cells ability to metabolize and causes anemia and other blood-related problems. Symptoms include anemia, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, etc. Currently, the only treatment available includes bone marrow transplantation. Untreated cats usually die by the age of four as a result of marrow or liver failure. Test for this condition is available. Thus, make sure your cat has been tested and cleared.

Lifespan

The Singapura Cat has an average lifespan of 11-15 years. This is a fairly healthy breed that can live even longer with proper care.

To prevent any blood-related issues, check with a breeder if your cat has been tested for PKD. If not ask the breeder to perform the test and wait for the results prior to bringing the cat home.

Grooming Needs

The Singapura’s short and smooth coat is very easy to maintain. Brush your cat once a week with a grooming glove to remove loose hair and debris.

Regular brushing will distribute skin oils properly and make the coat shiny. Additionally, your cat will enjoy the extra attention and associate brushing with petting.

This is a low shedding breed, and weekly brushing will minimize the amount of hair you have to vacuum from your furniture and floors.

Singapura Cat Coat Colors

Besides their large eyes and ears, the Singapuras are also distinguished for their sepia colored coat.

The coat comes in only sepia agouti color which is described as dark brown ticking on a warm old ivory base color. The breed pattern is ticked tabby and every individual hair possess alternating bands of darker and lighter color.

Compatibility with Children & Other Pets

The social and energetic Singapura Cat makes a great addition to homes with children. This is a playful breed that won’t get tired easily while chasing after wool balls before your child. These are active cats that love receiving attention and enjoy playing with kids who can match their energy levels.

These cats get along with other pets too, and won’t mind having company. However, be aware that this is an attention seeking cat that won’t appreciate being left out from cuddling sessions. You need to find ways to pet all of your pets at the same time, so the Singapura won’t become jealous.

The Singapura is a highly energetic cat that can spend hours playing with puzzle toys. These cats remain playful well into their adulthood and need a lot of toys to stay content. Hence, keep your cat occupied with an activity center and play with her every day for at least 15 minutes.