Singapura Cat is still too little known in Europe, but it appeals to Americans. It’s an intelligent cat, very calm, curious, and with a divine character. It’s characterized more by its size, quite small.
This makes It one of the smallest cats in the world. For the rest, Its maintenance is easy, Its health robust and Its company fantastic. An excellent choice.
History of the breed
It is quite easy to guess the country of origin of Singapura Cat. As its name suggests, it comes from Singapore, where it originally wandered the streets, fed on restaurant bins, and slept during the day.
A couple of American tourists, Hal and Tommy Meadows, crossed by chance, in 1974, this species strutting in front of him. He immediately decides to bring 3 cats home. At the time, the Singapore government saw no problem with this. Anyway, this breed of cat was not formally recognized.
Immediately on American soil, this cat had great success, much more than in Europe, where it remains little developed. In 1984, the largest American feline federations recognized, in turn, the Singaporea.
Today, the singaporea comes from breeding with the Burmese.
- Its Body: The Singapura Cat has a compact, semi-cobby body with a well-developed and open rib cage. It has good muscle density. Its bone structure is quite thin, as is that of its legs. It’s an elegant cat in many ways.
- Its coat: Singapura Cat has a fine, silky coat without the slightest undercoat. This fur is lying nicely on his body. The ticking must be noticed. Therefore, despite a hair considered short, it must be long enough to appreciate the alternation between dark and lighter hair. Note that adults often have shorter fur than kittens.
- Its color: The Singaporean standard requires that the bottom of the dress be an old ivory color. It must be labeled. A dark brown or black ticking, like the pads and tip of the tail. The truffle is brick-colored. The preferred pattern is the ticked tabby sepia. It is more pronounced on the back. Note that the base of the hair is light, and the end dark.
- Its head: The Singapura Cat has a very round and fairly small head, as well as high and wide cheekbones. The forehead appears to be slightly rounded when viewed in profile. The nose is rather short while the muzzle is medium in size with a well-defined pinch.
- Its eyes: They are quite large in size and very expressive, nut-shaped. The color must be green, in all shades. The standard tolerates colors ranging from yellow to hazelnut. However, no blue accepted!
- Its ears: The singapore’s ears are large, pointed. The base gives this impression of grandeur. Note a hair very present inside these ears.
- Its tail : In the Singaporean, the tail is rather long and can reach the scapula. It is thick at the base and tapers as it goes. It should end with a dark brown or black ticking.
Behavior and Characters
The Singaporean cat has the same appearance as its character: tender, attractive, seductive. It’s a remarkable feline, both for Its intelligence and the way It blends into Its home. It’s attentive to Its master and only asks for attention, hugs, and tenderness from him/her.
In return, It will give some in return. Above all, It’s not stubborn or even temperamental. Its calmness makes it an excellent companion cat for the elderly. It is also suitable for large families and children.
This furball adores them and can spend time in play with them. It’s also very curious, agile, and lively. It also enjoys the company of congeners or other animals.
Although the Singapura Cat was originally a stray cat, it feels much better indoors than outdoors. It will just need an accessory like a cat tree. Otherwise, It’s really calm and does not hesitate to laze around a good part of the day or to wander around the 4 corners of Its home.
You wouldn’t want to leave it alone for too long. It will only be happy in the company of Its master.
Health & Maintenance
The relatively short coat of the Singapura Cat is notoriously sensitive to drafts and therefore to colds. We must prevent any risk, especially in winter, by closing all doors to prevent it from catching a cold. Furthermore, no hereditary pathology is known to date.
This is a robust, healthy cat who just needs to be vaccinated, like all felines, against common diseases. Namely rabies, typhus, leucosis, and coryza.
Hypoallergenic Breed: No
The life expectancy of a Singapura is between 15 and 20 years.
The Singaporean is one of those short-haired cats that requires almost no maintenance. Indeed, Its hair is self-cleaning. A rubber brushstroke every now and then is enough to remove dead hair and allow it to keep its unique ticking visible.
Its master should brush it about 2 to 3 times a month, without insisting and with a simple rubber brush. For the rest, having regard to Its ease of catching a cold, it is necessary to check and clean Its eyes and ears, to avoid any infection.
The Singaporean can enjoy human foods like meat or fresh vegetables as well as starches. It can also be satisfied with food qualified as industrial with 50 to 70 grams of high-quality kibble per day. Obviously, its ratio is to be measured according to its daily energy expenditure.