Singapura-breed under a magnifying glass


Singapura-breed under a magnifying glass has a habit of “teasing” people, insisting on “helping” them in absolutely all activities undertaken by them. She extroverted, curious, playful, but not at all corrupt. She has a lively intelligence and is very sociable, keeping these qualities throughout her life.

If you want a cat as a decorative object, don’t even think about Singapura. Let’s see the story of Singapura-breed under a magnifying glass.

Where it comes from

The merit of the Singapura breed discovery attributed to the couple Hal and Tommy Meadow. On vacation on the island of Singapura (1974), met these cute kittens with brilliant intelligence. Singapura is the Malaysian name for Singapura. However, the origins of the breed are still controversial.

According to Tommy Meadow’s theory, the first specimen of this breed appeared spontaneously on the island of Singapura. It say that a group of kittens, who were waiting patiently for food in front of a restaurant, attracted the attention of the two spouses, Hal and Tommy. They fascinated by their beautiful fur, very like that of the Abyssinian. They decided to adopt some of those copies.

The locals considered them stray cats, who survived by “begging” or rummaging through the garbage for food.

Tommy Meadow, who, in addition to being a simple tourist, raised a breed of short-haired cats and was an exceptional referee, recognized in the USA. He was very attracted to the idea of selecting a new feline breed. Therefore, he was the first to import Singapura to California (1973). He brought three such cats from the trip: Tess, Tickle and Puss.

From 1976 these cats began to participate in feline exhibitions. However, another version claims that Singapura is the result of a hybridization (between an Abyssinian and a Burmese) performed by Tommy Meadow himself. Singapura aroused enormous interest in the United States, so in 1980 another breeder – Barbara Gilberton – imported new specimens. In 1984, the first club of the breed established, set up mainly to protect it. It also aims to set the standard and obtain breed recognition by specialized international federations.

The first feline association to recognize Singapura was TICA (The International Cat Association, USA) in 1984. It followed by the CFA (Cat Fancier Association). She registered the first specimens in her original book but accepted these cats in the Champion class only in 1988.

The first specimens imported into Europe from the USA by a breeder from France, Mrs Leotard. She, along with other admirers of the breed, followed the example of American breeders and founded a club. This club aims to expand and popularize the breed, as well as to obtain official recognition from feline associations in Europe.

Although quite common in the United States, Singapura is very rare in Europe. Whatever its history, however, everyone who knows it seems to agree on one thing: Singapura is an adorable cat.


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A different Abyssinian? !?

At first glance, anyone who encounters Singapura would think it has to do with a new variety of Abyssinian. The pattern of the fur is approximately identical. But on closer examination it can see that the two breeds are similar only in terms of ears, which are large, the rest being different.

Singapura is an alert, healthy cat with an elegant body. It has a strong bone structure. But it amazes with its small body size. In the Guinness Book of Records, Singapura considered the benchmark for the smallest domestic cat. Most veterinarians would tempt to believe that there is something wrong with this cat.

The fact that it has such a small body creates the impression that it underdeveloped (females weigh between 1.8 and 2 kg, while males do not exceed 3 kg in weight)

The breed does not know color varieties. Singapura has one-coloured fur: acute sepia. It is an intense shade of brown, on an ivory background. The effect created by the whole is that of a delicate, unique, beige shade. It makes you think of the look of a Puma’s fur or, again, an Abyssinian cat.

However, despite its aesthetic “kinship” with the Abyssinian, Singapura does not have the same origins as this one. Each hair of the fur has at least two sepia-brown bands, separated by light-coloured color bands; the tip of the hair is dark, while its base is light. The fur on the muzzle, chest, stomach and ventral part of the limbs does not have sharp bends. It coloured between a single color – white cream, like ivory.

As seen from the profile of a cat’s head, Singapura has a round skull, with a slight stop located just below eye level. There should be strong signs of dark pigmentation on the nose. Lines of “Cheetah” (African wild cat) start from the inner corners of the eyes and run parallel to the nose, stopping before the start of the moustache growth area. On his forehead, he has drawn the “M” sign, characteristic of brindle cats.

The tail is of medium length, the paws are extremely small, and the small body is of moderate length, but it is very muscular. The eyes can be green, yellow or amber. It is impossible to predict what color the kitten’s eyes will be when it reaches maturity.

A Singapura cat grows very slowly and does not reach its final body size until after the age of 15 to 24 months. There is not much difference between the physical appearance of males and females.


Public Relations Expert…

Singapura doesn’t seem to consider itself a cat and rather one of your family members. He can be a sincere and affectionate friend. Her voice is warm, delicate and usually expresses the feline’s special appreciation for the company of her owners.

Attentive to detail, Singapura can quickly identify the habits or passions of the people with whom it leads its life. Moreover, he amuses himself by imitating them.

Tommy Meadow was talking about one of his cats learning to turn on the TV. But he only watched shows in which dogs or cats appeared.

It could say that Singapura has something of a dog’s character because it is very easy to train. Especially when it comes to accompanying his master on a walk.

The most important aspect of her character is the ease with which she makes new friends. Not only among other animals but even among people who visit the owners’ house. From this point of view, she is a real expert. The movement that the cat performs while playing helps her physical development.

A great advantage of the breed is that the males in the mating period do not mark their territory either in the house or around it. Another great advantage is that, although Singapura is a lively cat, it is not at all noisy. Thus, during the heat, the female does not “scream” like her Asian sister. Rather, she murmured, allowing the owner to sleep peacefully at night.

The “vocabulary” of these cats based more on gestures and less on actions. It expressed through the eyes or the movement of the paws. Sometimes he hits his master lightly, a sign of comfort. It even bites him gently, which is not always painless. About this cat, the breeders say that it would resemble, in terms of behaviour, some water boilers under pressure.

Because she is always on the move, she agitated and overflowing with vitality. However, she can sit for hours on the chest of a sick person, watching her recover. She is also very ingenious, she wants to know everything and get anywhere. Especially where he denied access. But this aspect is part of its charm.

The average lifespan of such a cat is 15 years.


The world of kittens

Females enter the heat for the first time between 9 and 12 months. Males reach sexual maturity around the age of 13-14 months. Pregnancy lasts about 68 days and is a stage that does not pose too many health problems to the female. Singapura, even in its first gestation, does not seem to be particularly anxious or agitated.

A nest usually contains 3-4 kittens. They will receive from the first moment affection and careful care from the mother. Due to the non-existence of color varieties, the nest of a Singapura will never be a kind of Pandora’s box. Even if, in the beginning, the fur of the kittens is different from that of the parents, in time it will acquire the characteristic appearance of the breed. The hair of the kittens will have a light color (cream-yellow), uniform throughout the body, but with a darker color line along the back.

Although some of them have a darker coat, and others seem to be too light, you don’t have to worry. Over time, the dark fur will get a lighter shade, and the too light fur will darken a little. After the kittens are one month old, the color of their fur will be almost complete.

Only the eyes will need a little more time to get the final color. Blue at birth, the eyes will take on shades of green, yellow or brown, about four to five months after the birth of the kittens. At birth, the weight of the kittens is about 80 grams. But it will grow rapidly due to the voracity of small cats, even 15 grams a day. The female manages to produce enough milk to feed all the fed kittens.

About seven days after birth, the chicks’ eyes will open.

It seems that the only problem is that the mother is overprotective and never abandons her puppies. They even forget to eat because of their care. For this reason, it is good to make sure that the new mother receives a complete meal and even to stimulate her appetite by giving her as many culinary delights as possible.


Easy, hassle-free maintenance

As with all short-fur cats, caring for a Singapura cat is extremely easy. Regular brushing recommended, but not at very frequent intervals.

Bathing recommended to done twice a month.

The delicate caress of the hair with antelope skin has the gift of giving the fur a shiny and silky look. It also helps maintain healthy skin and hair.

Singapura’s very large eyes tend to tear. That is why you need to clean them of impurities daily, with the help of special products.

The ears, which are also very large and attract significant amounts of dust, should be gently cleaned at least once a week.


Taste or … devour?

Singapura is neither a voracious nor a pretentious cat. She consumes almost everything she served. The daily diet of an adult cat should consist of about 70 grams of croquettes or 200 grams of moist food.

Standard GCCF (Governing Council of the Fancy Cat)

Singapura is an alert, healthy, medium-sized cat with a foreign body, large eyes and ears.

The head

The skull is round, with rounded lines, starting from the outer corners of the eyes and continuing to the well-defined regions from which the moustaches grow. The nose is wide, moderately short and ends with a bonnet tip. Viewed from the profile, you can see the round skull, which has a slight stop, located a little below the eye line. Up to the chin, the nose line is straight. The chin is well-developed.

The ears

are large, wide and well spread at the base, with a deep flag.


They are large, located at a distance not exceeding the length of one eye, wide open. When closed, partially or completely, draw oblique lines. It is desirable to have a dark contour around the eyes. The eyes can only be brown, green or yellow. It is preferable to be bright.

The body

has a moderate size and a medium length. With a moderate build, the body is supple and muscular. The middle is not sucked, it is solid. Young specimens allowed to have a slimmer body.

Limbs and paws

At the base, the limbs are muscular, gradually thinning towards the small and oval paws.


When held close to the body, the length of the tail does not exceed the level of the shoulders. It is thin, but does not look like a whip, but has a blunt tip. In terms of bone structure, the tail should not show any abnormalities.

The furs

short, fine, silky and clings to the body. In the case of chicks, a little longer fur accepted.

Colour and markings

The color of the fur on the body is similar to that of old or golden ivory. It has a clear color effect, with sharp sepia-brown stripes. Each hair must have at least two sharp sepia-brown bands, separated by light-coloured bands. The light shade is close to the skin and the tip is brown.

The muzzle, chest, stomach and the inner part of the limbs have a fur of a lighter shade than that of ivory, without showing markings of other colours. The type of fur draws distinct horizontal lines only on the inside of the forelimbs and in the region behind the knees. The presence of linear markings on the outside of the forelimbs is defective, but may overlooked if the specimen considered excellent.

The tip of the tail is dark, a shade that extends to the body. The presence of a dark color line along the spine allowed. Some specimens have pale yellow necklaces, which accepted if they are incomplete. In the case of adult cats, the bridge

The same color found on the back of the limbs, where the specific marking merges with the light, ivory-like shade of the fur on the inside of the limbs. It tolerated that the characteristic markings have not yet appeared in kittens. Also, the fact that, in the case of young specimens, the respective markings delayed in reaching their final appearance.

The skin of the nose is a dark shade, like that of salmon. There must be clear traces of pigmentation to outline the nose and the presence of “Cheetah” lines is also mandatory. They start in the inner corners of the eyes and stop before the moustache growth regions begin.

The pillows are brown.



Singapura is an adorable cat.

As with all short-fur cats, caring for a Singapura cat is extremely easy.

Singapura is neither a voracious nor a pretentious cat. She consumes almost everything she served.

Singapura doesn’t seem to consider itself a cat and rather one of your family members. He can be a sincere and affectionate friend. Her voice is warm, delicate and usually expresses the feline’s special appreciation for the company of her owners.

Attentive to detail, Singapura can quickly identify the habits or passions of the people with whom it leads its life. Moreover, he amuses himself by imitating them.

If you liked Singapura and its story written by me, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment. I will be happy to read it and answer you. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

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6 Replies to “Singapura-breed under a magnifying glass”

  1. Hi Carmen,

    Thank you for your wonderful review about singapura-breed cat. Honestly I bullied a lot of cats as a child. I was surrounded by many cats raised by my late father. Becoming mature I learn to love all livings things down to the smallest molecules for I understands that everything exist for a reasons and purpose.

    I was amazed that you pointed out that this cat is a public relations expert….that Singapura has something of a dog’s character because it is very easy to train. Especially when it comes to accompanying his master on a walk. I could imagine if I had one or two of them as a pet which accompany me and wife while walking around the park.

    Well done and thank you very much.



  2. Thank you for the comment Al. You have noticed very well a characteristic of the Singapore cat, namely that it can be trained. In general, cats cannot be trained. Carmen

  3. Such a great article. And so great cats. I got to say that the Singapura breed does sound like my kind of cat. I love curious, affectionate, and very social animals. Plus, it’s truly fascinating to me that they are easy to train. That’s always a good thing the way I see it.

    I have to admit checking out all these pictures and the ones online, I didn’t realize that they are actually such small cats. I mean, that works fine for me; it’s not like I’m in a market for a cat to guard the house. But still, that’s, indeed, unusual and rather unique. Also, I really appreciate the maintenance and food preference tips. 🙂

    All in all, an adorable cat, indeed. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the comment Matiss. On wikipedia it is written that they are recognized as the smallest breed of cats. I must admit that I do not know why, because there is a breed of tea cup cats, which are even smaller. See my post

  5. Hi there Carmen. My daughter saw this cat breed and cried for her. She wanted us to own one so she can be playing with it. I decided to check out a detailed review of the cat to determine if she is a good fit for us. I think it’s time we got a cat to join the family. Based on your review, I think it’s a perfect fit. So I’ll go get a young one and surprise my daughter. 🙂

  6. Thank you for your comment. Congratulations on making this decision. But I advise you before taking the cat to read my following posts:

    I also advise you to take two cats, even if one is wide-bred; so when you are not at home, a cat has company and will not get bored. I warn you that having a cat is a big responsibility for the next 10-15 years. Carmen.

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