The Singapura cat is a miniature breed with large innocent eyes and mischievous nature. The progenitors of the breed were homeless cats, which have lived on the streets of Singapore since at least 60s of XX century. This graceful and cheerful cat will make a wonderful pet if you like its lively temperament.
Photo: © Pál Laca (Mireille Cattery)
The Singapura cat is a natural breed whose half-feral forefathers wandered around its native Singapore since the second half of the XX century. It was imported to the United States in 70s of the XX century by American couple Hal and Tommy Meadows. They adopted two females and a male and initiated the breeding program in order to attain international recognition of this gentle feline.
In 80s Barbara Gilbertson was also charmed by its delicate beauty and brought to the US a female cat, which she saved from a shelter in Singapore. Meadows and Barbara used their cats as a foundation stock for a new breed, which was afterwards named after its hometown.
Cats with brown and agouti coats can be frequently met in Singapore and it’s highly probable that they are closely related to the Siamese and Burmese. The gene, which is responsible for the ticked tabby colouring in local cats, has dominant nature and therefore it’s the most common among other tabby patterns.
It’s suggested that the original Singapura appeared as the result of crossing the Abyssinian with ticked tabby gene and the Burmese, which carried the gene for brown colour. Genetic research conducted in 2008 proved this theory since very few genetic differences were found between the Singapura and the Burmese.
The breed was recognised by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1988 and it has formal acceptance of vast majority of cat associations. In 1990, the Singapura was granted with the status of the mascot of the Singapore.
The Singapura cat usually becomes an active, inquisitive and loving pet. Despite its compact size it seems to be filled to the brim with energy. It will shower its master with affection and expects to receive the same amount of care and attention in return. This cat is commonly wary of unfamiliar people but its initial suspiciousness quickly vanishes under influence of its out-going personality. It likes spending time with other felines especially with other Singapura cats. The breed member tolerates non-feline pets (including dogs) provided they get to know each other at an early age.
This cat can amuses itself for numerous hours with small objects such as pencils, keyboards or kitchen appliances so don’t leave them unattended if you don’t want to lose it for good. Provide your Singapura with plentiful of interactive toys and regularly enrich their assortment and it will never get bored and become destructive. This cat stands out for its empathic nature and will always try to comfort you if you feel moody or upset.
The Singapura retains its kitten-like playfulness well into adulthood and is very smart. To stimulate its intellect teach this cat some tricks or offer it puzzle toys. It’s essential to reward its efforts with its favourite food or kibble. This sociable cat does best in a household where it will be surrounded with abundance of love and attention.
The most common problems for the breed include:
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The Singapura needs very simple maintenance. Its short shiny coat will look splendid only with a weekly combing, which will also help to reduce the amount of hairballs on your carpets, furniture and clothing. Bathe your cat only if it gets very dirty and let it coat air dry in a warm draught-free place.Other essential grooming procedures include weekly nail trimming and daily brushing of cat’s teeth. Examine its ears on a regular basis and clean them if needed with a soft damp cloth.