Singapura is originally a street cat from Singapore that was brought to America somewhere in the 1970s by Hal Meadow and Tommy Meadow. They had bought three brown marked street cats. The foundation for the Singapura breed was a pair of female and male kittens said to be of the same litter and another female kitten. The Singapura was registered as a recognized breed by the Cat Fanciers Association in the year 1982. The breed was further bestowed championship status in 1988. In the year 1990, the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board (STPB) announced the Singapura to be the national travel mascot of Singapore.
The Singapura is an active and mischievous cat that will run hither and tither all around the house giving its owner a roller coaster kind of an experience throughout the day. This little cat can climb curtains, chase balls across the room, dance on the piano or simply jump on your shoulder and tousle your hair. They can be perfect company for long walks. This gentle cat can be a very good lap cat and can be friendly with everyone in the house and even with strangers.
- Activity level: 5/5 (always active and playful)
- Intelligence level: 5/5 (highly intelligent)
- Curiosity: 5/5 (very curious and loves puzzle toys)
- Friendliness: 4/5 (a perfect mate for children and other pets, sometimes can be cautious with strangers)
- Vocal: 4/5 (very talkative)
Often called the “Mini Cheetah”, the brown ticks and the sepia color of the Singapura makes it look like a small sized replica of the cheetah. With oversized eyes shaped like almonds, a blunt nose and a petite round face, this breed comes in a small stature and is muscular.
- Fur: They are short haired, sepia colored marked with brown ticks.
- Eyes: The common eye colors in Singapura are yellow, green and hazel.
- Body structure: Small in size, these cats are moderately bulky and muscular with and small feet a slender tail.
- Facial features: The round and petite face features a blunt nose, big round eyes placed close to each other and long erect ears.
- Weight: Females weigh between 3 to 6 pounds whereas the male weight falls between 6 to 8 pounds.
Singapuras are healthy cats and do not suffer from genetic health diseases but there is one disease found to be common among Singapuras, i.e. Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency. This occurs as a result of an enzyme deficiency often leading to haemolytic anemia. A DNA test can be done to determine if the cat is affected or is a carrier. The DNA is collected from buccal swabs in order to avoid bulk blood collection.
Dental hygiene must be maintained to avoid periodontal disease. Brushing of the teeth, nail trimming and ear checking must be done on weekly basis. It is advised to keep Singapuras as an indoor only cat as this will keep it safe from dogs and speeding cars.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely.
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