Singapura Cat Breed Profile
'Singapore Drain Cat', River Cat
9 - 15 years
The average life expectancy of the Singapura is about fourteen years.
Average Litter Size
Singpuras generally give birth to around five kittens.
General Physical Description
The Singapura has a look of an Abyssinian or an Asian about it, but is a much smaller cat. The head is rounded with a broad, straight and blunt nose and well-defined chin. The ears are large, deeply cupped, set at a slight angle and taper from a wide base to a slightly pointed tip. The large, almond-shaped eyes are wide open and slightly slanted. Their colour can be hazel, green or yellow. These may be small cats but they are stocky and muscular. The strong legs taper to small, oval feet. The slender, blunt tipped tail is slightly shorter than the body.
Weight Height Range
The Singapura is an active little cat and will generally require about 70 Kcals per kg of bodyweight per day.
Singapuras are a tough, sturdy breed of cat, perhaps because of their possible roots as Singapore street cats. They do not have any specific health problems, but of course do need regular vaccination and worming like all cats. Once the cat reaches about eight years of age your vet may recommend an annual health check along with the annual vaccinations, and this may include cleaning the teeth, and blood tests to check for liver and kidney function, which occur more frequently in older cats of any breed.
The Singapura is gradually becoming more popular at shows in the UK but as yet has only achieved preliminary breed status.
Country Of Origin
Compatibility With Other Cats
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitability For Children
Character & Temperament
The friendly Singapura is very much a ‘people cat’ who loves, indeed craves, attention. When you are watching television they will want to be on your lap, or even your shoulder. Singapuras enjoy watching the world from a high vantage point, and will seek out spots like the tops of wardrobes. They dislike the cold and wet and love living indoors in the warm. Singapuras are ‘eternal kittens’, prone to mischief and always willing to play.
Playfulness As An Adult
Grooming & Upkeep
The Singapura’s short, dense and glossy coat does not require a lot of grooming, but they do enjoy being groomed.
The Singapura’s coat colour is described as ‘Sepia Agouti’, which is dark bronze and cream ticking on a warm old ivory base colour. This effect is produced by each hair having at least two bands of dark colour separated by light colour. The coat is fine and dense, lying close to the body. The nose, chin, chest and stomach are the colour of unbleached muslin. The eyes, nose and lips are outlined with dark brown. There is a dark tip to the tail, and this colour extends back along the upper body. The nose leather is pale to dark salmon and the paw pads are rosy brown. Some barring is usually found on the inside of the front legs and the back of the knees.t>
History And Uses
As the name suggests this breed of cat originates from Singapore where its ancestors were reputed to be the 'drain cats', which inhabited the open drains. The Singapura is officially the world's smallest breed of cat, though many individuals may reach the size of Burmese. Cats like the Singapura are believed to have existed for about three hundred years and are descended from cats from all over the world that arrived in Singapore on ships and bred with the local feral cats. The modern Singapura reputedly stems from four cats brought back to America from Singapore in 1975 by Tommy Meadow, though some people suspect that the breed may have originated from a cross between Burmese and Abyssinians - both of which Mrs Meadow had owned. The first Singapura was imported into Britain in 1989 and they are now rapidly increasing in popularity as show cats and pets.
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies