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Singapura cat

The smallest cat in the world. It is an affectionate and loyal pet with big eyes.

Energy level
Level of affection
Level of friendliness
Intelligence
Health
Independence
Popularity
Care
Weight
Weight:
female: 1—2 kg
male: 2—3 kg
Height
Height:
female: 28 cm
male: 32 cm
Hair
Hair:
smooth
Care
Care:
requires little time
Lives
Lives:
inside
outside
Gives birth to
Gives birth to:
5 kittens
Origin
Origin:
Singapore
in 1976
Life span
Life span:
13—15 years

Personality

Singapura cats are curious and active pets. They like being the center of attention. These cats are interested in everything that happens around. They will jump, run, climb on cupboards and shelves, watch everyone in the house. This breed is not for people who are looking for calm cats.

These cats are loyal companions. They can feel the mood of a person. If anyone needs support — Singapura cats will be close by. If they see the owner is busy — they will not disturb him. These pets do not easily get through loneliness. They need much attention. Being worried and stressed can affect their health in a negative way.

Singapura cats get on well with other animals. They are neat, friendly, and will never show aggression. A Singapura cat will become the best friend for a small child. Playfulness of these pets remains until they get very old.

These cats are smart and can be trained. They can easily remember basic commands, bring back toys that have been thrown for them. Singapura cats will follow all the house rules. They do not scratch furniture and wallpapers, easily get used to the trey.

Appearance

Singapura cats are small pets. Their maximum weight is 3 kg. Despite being small in size, their body is strong and muscular.
Color
Color
Hair
Hair
Head
Head
Eyes
Eyes
Ears
Ears
Neck
Neck
Paws
Paws
Paws
Tail
Short and thin, grows close to the body. The undercoat is absent.
The only recognized color is sepia agoutidark-brown ticking on the ivory background.
Round, the muzzle is wide and short.
Very big and round; almond-shaped, widely set. Colors: green, yellow, yellow-green and hazel.
Big and wide, with rounded tips.
Short and muscular.
Short and thin.
Thin and long. It is wide at the base, gets thinner down to the rounded tip.

Basic Care

Singapura cats do not need much time to be groomed. Their hair is short and thin, the undercoat is absent. These pets need to be brushed once a week. During the moulting season — in spring and fall — two times a week, with a natural bristle brush. Then pet your cat with wet hands to take away left hairs. That is how your pet`s hair will feel smooth and well-groomed.

Singapura cats are neat pets. They need to be given a bath only during the moulting period. They should not be washed very often. Water washes off their fat layer and dries out the skin. The frequency of how often eyes and ears need to be cleaned with cotton pads depends on how quickly they get dirty. Teeth need to be brushed once a week with a toothbrush and a special paste for animals.

Singapura cats are not picky in what they eat. They can be fed with either premium quality feed or natural food. Thanks to being active, these pets are not prone to obesity. Their diet does not necessarily need to be divided into few portions. It is important that the diet contains a lot of proteins. Singapura cats can be given all types of boiled meat, even pork — but in small quantity. Apart from meat, they can be fed with milk and sour cream — two times a week; vegetables — squash, beet, carrot, greens; grains — oatmeal and rice. Grains can be mixed with meat. 

Singapura cats need much space for comfortable living. They feel well outside. This breed is perfect for people who live in private houses. Singapura cats do not like coldness. Their place for rest needs to be warm.

Health and Illnesses

Singapura cats can live up to 15 years if treated well. Their ancestors lived on streets of Indonesia. From them, the breed inherited strong health. Hereditary health issues are absent in this breed. 

Main problems occur because of hypothermia. The cat might get sick even because of strong wind. You can identify that your Singapura cat is sick with these symptoms: sneezing, having a runny nose, and being calm. If you notice on of these symptoms — consult a vet. If your cat walks outside, it needs to be vaccinated from parasites and helminths.

History of the Breed

Singapura cats are descendants of street cats of Southeast Asia. The history of the breed started in 1970. Americans Hal and Tommy Meadow were the first to bring native cats from Singapore and start developing the breed. Six years later, first Singapura cats participated in a show. In 1980, a breeder named Barbara Gilbertson brought two more Asian cats of brown color. Those animals started being crossbred with Siamese, Burmese, and Abyssinian cats with blue coat color. Results were unsuccessful. That is how breeders understood that Singapura cats cannot be crossbred with other pets.

In 1987, these cats were presented at a show in Belgium. The breed is recognized by the following associations: CFA, TICA, WCF. In 1991 in Singapore, these cats were recognized as national pride.