The Singapura cat is a celebrated feline in its native country, Singapore. In 1991, the Singaporean government declared Singapuras National Living Treasures, and was even once made into a mascot by the Tourism Board of Singapore.
More than that, the Singapura is a relatively quiet cat sporting unique features, seemingly infinite curiosity and oozing with charm. The pint-sized feline is a natural people pleaser and surprisingly packed with endless energy for antics. You’ll be sure to spot a Singapura with their M-shaped tabby marks on their foreheads.
History of Singapura Cat
Singapuras are native in their homeland, Singapore. There are no records or background to show that any cross-breeding took place. The name “Singapura” is Singapore in Malaysian, and these cats were believed to have been around for more than 300 years, descended from cats who came in Singapore and bred with the local cats.
The breed was once considered a pest as they preferred to sleep in gutters and drains, and were culled regularly. At one point in 1974 it was believed that only 4 Singapuras existed at one point; 3 were exported to the U.S. and one remained. Singapuras started over, and today they’re recognized by cat associations around the globe.
Size of the Singapura Cat
Singapuras look like Abyssinians but are much smaller in form and physique. The breed belongs in the mini category but they can weigh anywhere between 6 to 8 lbs. for the males and 5 to 6 for the females.
Personality of the Singapura Cat
Singapuras love human company and would like nothing better than to relax on their owner’s lap or shoulder whenever they can. You won’t find these cats on the ground often, as they prefer to spend time in higher areas, like shelves, cabinets, wardrobes, etc. If they’re not surveying everything around them, they’d be running around, jumping and playing with anything that catches their fancy.
These cats are exceptionally quiet, making them perfect as pets in apartments, condos and buildings. They don’t like loud noises and prefer to be silent as a mouse. More than that, they will go out of their way to “play” with people, earning them the title of “pesky people cats”.
Singapuras develop more slowly as compared to other breeds. Full maturity isn’t expected until they’re about 2 years old. As kittens, they love to bounce around and are always willing to play. Singapuras are known to keep their kittenish youthfulness all throughout their life.
Before buying a kitten it will help to consider getting an adult Singapura if your lifestyle doesn’t allow you to properly care for a playful pet. Moreover, you should be able to spend plenty of time with this breed because they want human interaction more than anything else.
Singapuras are rare, but you can check with local shelters, breeders and rescue organizations if you’re interested in getting one. Choose a reputable breeder who can provide health certificates and can claim to have raised kittens from birth. Kittens may be bought as soon as they reach the age of 12 to 16 weeks. Make sure to visit the home of the breeder and meet the parents as well. Show-type cats are understandably more expensive as compared to sole pet-types.
Singapura Cat Health
Singapuras are tough and can live in a wide range of environments. They don’t have any specific health issue or condition aside from uterine inertia and pyruvate kinase deficiency. As with all breeds, they will need proper vaccination and regular de-worming. The slow-growing cat should be under constant care and supervision of a professional vet. Get a check-up before bringing your pet home. Your cat’s health will depend on how well you can groom him or her.
Care of the Singapura Cat
Provide socialization and frequent handling to ensure your cat adjusts well as he or she grows up. Singapuras can be trained to be very sociable and friendly, even among guests and visitors. Keep in mind that this breed will actively try to engage your attention every chance it gets, and if they’re ignored then they start to become disruptive.
Give your pet plenty of items such as toy fishing lines and things that can stimulate their mind. Don’t forget to include a scratching post and a cat tree for their base needs. These cats also value quiet above anything else, so assign an elevated space, such as a cat tree or a bookcase as their sanctuary if they need to retreat.
Litter Box Training
Litter box training should start as soon as you introduce your kitty to his new home. Seek the breeder’s advice on the type of litterbox to use beforehand. Like all cats, Singapuras prefer their litter boxes clean and away from foot traffic. Choose a quiet, accessible spot in the house. Scoop out the waste and replace the litter every day.
Your cat should be fed with a well-rounded diet consisting mostly of dry cat food. If you acquired your Singapura through a breeder, make sure you ask and follow the feeding schedule to avoid any upset stomachs and disrupted routine. The kind of food your cat eats should depend on his or her current age.
Weight should be regularly checked in order to avoid any health conditions down the line. Provide clean water at all times, and if your cat won’t take to it consider adding ice cubes or getting a flowing fountain.
Coat and Eye Colors
The breed’s coat is mostly light beige with a few brown tickings. The color is called agouti and is characterized by a single gene in their DNA. Their eyes can vary between yellow to green and anything in between, including a hazel hue.
The short-haired breed doesn’t require constant grooming, but they love the interaction and time spent with their owners. Groom at least once a week using a soft brush and lots of interaction. Take a look at your cat’s ears to see if there’s a wax buildup. Feed your cat tartar-control treats or do daily brushing using a vet-approved toothpaste and a small toothbrush.
Children and Other Pets
Singapuras are notorious for their love of people. They’re outgoing, even if it means interacting with fellow cats and other pets, including dogs. As a family pet, and with proper care, you can expect your Singapura to live a long, fulfilling life at 11 to 15 years.