Energy & Playfulness
Affection & Handling
Likes To Be Alone
Grooming & Shedding
Hazel, green, yellow
Light and Dark Ticking, Muslin-Colored
Like the name suggests, the Singapura, was developed from cats that are found in Singapore. Although there are several breeders that are credited with creating the breed, it’s likely these cats existed in Southeast Asia for many years if not decades before the breeders started to develop them.
Cats with brown coats are common in the region and like many Southeast Asian cats, the Singapura likely has some genetic relationship to Siamese cats. The coat and color patterns are frequently seen in these breeds and dominant genes in many Asiatic cats. A DNA study that was conducted show little to no genetic difference between the Burmese and Singapura which suggests that these cats might have naturally come into contact with each other through a process of natural selection. Human breeders likely had no realistic impact on the creation of this breed, but rather accentuated their natural genetic characteristics by stronger breeding.
The Cat Fanciers Association recognized the breed in 1988, and it is also recognized by most other cat associations.
The Singapura is a tiny little cat and has a very “mouse-like” squeaky voice to match, but what the Singapura lacks in size it makes up for in its ability to get into trouble. This little cat is a breed that will constantly chase things around the house, jump on areas they shouldn’t be in and make play at any time that he finds available.
The Singapura, like his other Asiatic cousins, is extremely outgoing and loves to meet people. Hopping from lap to lap and going from bed to bed in your home on colder nights is his favorite activity. This is a curious creature and happy to investigate anything that looks like it could be entertaining. These cats thrive in company of humans and other cats.
Singapuras are generally healthy, but one problem that has recently been discovered in the breed is pyruvate kinase deficiency.
Known as PKD for short (not to be confused with polycystic kidney disease in Persians), the inherited genetic disease is caused by a deficiency of an enzyme important for red blood cell energy metabolism and results in hemolytic anemia. A test is available that can determine whether a cat is affected, a carrier, or clear of the disease. Fortunately, Singapuras with PKD can usually live a normal life.
The Singapura's short, smooth coat is easy to care for with a quick weekly combing. Polishing it with a chamois will make it shine. A bath is rarely necessary.
The ears are another place where dirt can build up. Make sure to use cotton balls with warm water and gently scrub the interior of theirs ears.
Children And Other Pets
The Singapura is playful and smart and can be a good friend to a child who treats him nicely. He’s one of those cats who enjoys playing fetch and learning tricks, and his energy level means he won’t wear out before the child does. He is happy to live with other cats and cat-friendly dogs, too, thanks to his amiable disposition. Introduce pets slowly and in controlled circumstances to ensure that they learn to get along together.
Singapuras usually get along well with other animals and seem to prefer living with some kind of company, not thriving when left alone all day.