Singapura Small breed with big personality
Singapura does not like to be left on her own, preferring the company of her human family or another Singapura to share games with. They like to play interactive games with lots of energy and ‘fetch’ is often a favourite. Know more about this sweet companion feline breed.
Whatwever their human family are doing, Singapuras like to be part of it and many Singapura pet parents may tell you how their cat will sit on the newspaper when they try to read or in front of the television when you are trying to watch it. Or Singapuras will get your attention by doing your hair or dropping their favourite toy at your feet insisting that you play. They become part of the family and involved in every part of family life. They have a unique personality; they are intelligent and affectionate and become a loving friend in no time.
Reputed to be the smallest cats in the world, Singapuras are certainly big in personality and are well able to offer an opinion as to what they think. Although they have gentle voices, some of them can be very chatty.
Originating from Singapore these little cats were found by Tommy and Hal Meadow in the storm drains and taken back to America where three Singapuras: Tickle, Tess and Pusse became the foundation of the breed. Singapuras that we have today are lighter in colour than the original cats, but still only come in one colour known as sepia agoutis.
Their large eyes are a brilliant green to yellow colour and are accentuated by dark eyeliner. The brick red nose has a dark nose liner and the face has dark cheetah like markings. The large deep cupped ears add to their unique look. The under body is lighter in colour and is described as an old or golden ivory. The front legs should have inner leg bars which should not creep round to the sides of the leg and the back knees should have some barring too. They have dainty paws which they use like hands to hold onto toys, much like a squirrel.
Perched at warm and high places
Singapuras like to be warm and have a knack for finding the warmest spot in the house whether that be a warm lap, on top of the radiator or tucked up in your bed. They also like to be up high and can often be found on top of cupboards or an accommodating shoulder anywhere that gives them a good view of their world.
Always like kittens
Singapuras never seem to grow up as they retain a kitten like quality throughout their lives. Life is about exploring and having fun. They love being photographed and will pose for the lens, being the centre of attention. Once owned by a Singapura, life will not be the same without one or even two. They are very addictive. In 1990, Singapore Tourist Promotion adopted the breed as their mascot and named it ‘Kucinta’ which translates as Love Cat. The cat was later named as the National Treasure by the Singapore Government.
(Jane Brooks is based in England; she has been breeding Singapuras over the last 20 years and smitten by this small breed with full of character.)