Breed Rating (2 Reviews)
This breed has its roots in Singapore, but its story really begins in 1975 when American couple Hal and Tommy Meadow brought some brown ticked cats back from Singapore. The brown ticked coat is common in South-east Asian feral cats. The Meadows started a breeding program, naming the cat Singapura - the Malay name for Singapore. Several more brown ticked cats were imported over the years, adding to the breeding program and strengthening the gene pool.
A number of the breeding cats were found to be carrying a recessive gene that caused a solid colour. These cats were removed from the breeding programme. The Cat Fanciers Association granted the Singapura championship status in 1988. Today this breed is quite rare, but has a few dedicated breeders and followers in the US.
The Singapura is very active, athletic and people-orientated. They have a playful nature, and are curious and intelligent. It's a cat that never wants to leave you alone, always poking its sweet little nose into whatever you're up to, and constantly seeking interaction. They like to look down on the world from somewhere high up - shelves, door tops, fences - and like to perch on your shoulder. The Singapura is a wonderful family cat, as it loves to play and cuddle with anyone willing to join in.
- Status: Rare
- Place of Origin: Singapore
- Rough date of Origin: 1970s
- Hair length: Shorthair
- Activity Level: High
- Vocalness: Medium
- Child friendly: Good with children
- Playfullness: Playfull
- Grooming Requirements: Less than once per week
- Weight: 2.0 - 4.0kg
- Size: Small
- House Cat or Outdoor Cat: Outdoor Cat
- Pet Compatibility:
- Social Needs:
Latest Reviews For Singapura (2 of 2)
Singapura Forever! - Mette,
I was lucky enough to have two Singapuras. My male died of cancer at 18 years of age and was a charming 'doggy-cat' to the end. My female is too intelligent for words and is a 20-year-old kitten who has always lived ONLY indoors.
This cat is snugly, always playful, and loves the outdoors! - Loricat,
This cat fits the description exactly. Our singapura cat is kept inside as an indoor cat, but he is obsessed with the outdoors and therefore is always trying to escape. He was easily trained to open doors, come and jump when told, and has learned to use the toilet instead of a litter box. Our cat usually sleeps with someone and will curl up next to us if he is cold during the day. Even though he is 7 years old, our cat still plays like a kitten! We have never had to take our cat to the vet for problems, but here is a tip: DO NOT let your cat into the garage! If you want a snugly forever-kitten this cat is definitely for you.