The cute Singapura cat is a rarity because the number of (serious) breeders in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland is still small. As a result, it is not that easy to get a cat of this exotic breed. However, if you are lucky enough to have a Singapura cat move into your home, you can count yourself even happier. Because this cat has a unique character that is pleasant and exciting at the same time. And this is exactly how your life by the side of a Singapura cat will be.
History and Breeding
“Singapura” is the Malay term for “Singapore”. According to most sources, the city-state is considered to be the origin of this rare breed of cats. However, there are controversial traditions about the origin of the Singapura cat. According to some sources, the Singapura cat is from the United States while according to others it is from Singapore. Possibly both are right: The Singapura cat was discovered in 1970 in Singapore, the so-called “Lion City”, by the two cat fans Hal and Tommy Meadow, two emigrants from the USA. From their own cats named Ticle, Pusse, Tes, George, Gladys, and Chiko, the cat lovers bred the Singapura cat, which they took home with them when they returned to the USA in 1975. So the Singapura came from Singapore to the USA. According to tradition, the little cats in Singapore lived in narrow drainpipes and were therefore given the name “drain cats”.
Breeders took great care to develop a uniform appearance and good health in the Singapura. This resulted in a limited number of representatives of this breed, albeit one that enjoys high acceptance and widespread use. Today the breed is represented worldwide and recognized by most registration associations. The Singapura cat has been recognized as a pedigree cat in the United States since 1982 and has been admitted to competitions since 1988. In the late 1980s, the first cat of this exotic breed came to Europe – to Great Britain. Since 2014, the Singapura is officially recognized by the “FIFé” (“Féderation Internationale Féline”), an international umbrella organization of cat breeding associations. In all likelihood, they are related to Abyssinian cats, Siamese cats, and Burmese.
The characteristic external features of the sepia-colored rare beauty include, above all, their small body size. The Singapura is considered to be one of the smallest of all cat breeds. In doing so, it reaches a weight of only two to three kilos. The difference between the cat and the tom in terms of weight is not very significant in the Singapura cat. For all her petite, delicate shape, however, this exotic woman is characterized by a physically athletic and powerful impression. Your muscles are well developed. As a result, this small power pack has a high jumping ability. The Singapura cat only reaches its full height at 15 to 24 months.
Their sepia-colored fur makes the Singapura cat appear as if it had stepped straight out of a 19th-century photograph. The exact name of the coat color – and the only one that is officially recognized – is “sepia agouti”. The banding of their fur is called “ticking” by breeders. The fur pattern that arises from this is called “agouti”: The fur color of the Singapura appears almost exclusively monochrome, while the individual cat hair is alternately colored light and dark. The characteristic coat color of the Singapura is produced by a mutation, a so-called “partial albinism”. This causes the “acromelanism”. This is the name given to the darker color of the cooler parts of the body.
This is how the darker colored “points” appear on the face, ears, legs, and tail of the Singapura cat. The kittens of this breed of cats are born light and only darken later. According to the standard, the coat color of this rare and interesting beauty is considered fully mature only after two to three years. The texture of her fur is slightly silky, so you will definitely love to stroke your feline friend’s fine fur dress.
The tail of the aesthetic exotic is average in length. Your eyes and ears are big. The ears have a broad base. The eyes are oval-shaped and they can be green, brown, green-brown, or yellow.
If you’re lucky enough to have one of the rare Singaporeans become your roommate kitty, she’s likely going to be a little shy at first. Give a cat of this rare breed plenty of time when it moves in to settle in with you and to get used to your human roommate (s). She shows herself to be friendly towards strangers, although she appears rather reserved at the beginning and needs some time to warm up. It is a matter of persuading the initially timid animal, with a little patience and instinct, that you have only the best of intentions for him. The cute Singapura cat will thank you with her kind manner and pleasant presence.
Once it has gained confidence, it sometimes no longer leaves its owner’s side. Because cats of this breed are very people-oriented. With their social nature, they also fit in well with families. They also get along very well with other cats. Much more than that: Representatives of the Singapura breed need the company of their conspecifics. It is therefore essential to keep the Singapura cat with other cats. Singaporeans simply feel more comfortable when they are surrounded by other cats they can cuddle and play with. The person who loves his roommate kitty should definitely take this need into account. The sepia-colored house tiger will feel most comfortable in a family with children and other cats.
It should be noted, however, that the children should be careful with the cat. That is why it may not be advisable to buy a Singapura until the children are over 6 years old. However, the Singapura cat is not suitable for full-time working singles who are not at home all day.
The noble exotic is in need of communication, playful, very intelligent, and curious. She likes to be right in the middle of the action and always in the mood for jokes. Therefore, enough variety should always be provided. Get a variety of cat toys and intelligent toys to keep your furry friend busy. Representatives of this rare breed maintain their playfulness and high intelligence into old age. On average, a Singapura cat reaches an age of around 15 years.
Singapura Cat Diet
The carnivorous cat’s natural diet consists of prey such as mice and other small mammals, insects, and birds. Feeding raw or cooked meat would come closest to the cat’s natural diet. However, not all of the necessary nutrients are found in pure meat. In order to meet the Singapura cat’s specific food needs, it can therefore be advisable to supplement the conventional food of your roommate kitty with supplements. These contain, for example, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and taurine. You can ask your trusted veterinarian exactly what nutrient requirements your fur nose needs. In any case, you should inform yourself sufficiently about the feeding methods self-cooking and BARF (biologically appropriate raw feeding), otherwise, it could lead to dangerous deficiency symptoms.
Basically, every cat is an independent being and accordingly has its own preferences – also when it comes to food. Whether dry or wet food: the quality is crucial. High-quality cat food with a high proportion of meat contains the most important nutrients that your fur nose needs. However, various factors play a role, such as the age of the cat or the state of health. For example, if your cat is too fat, diet food should be used. One of the important things about feeding is the right amount. Singapura tends to consume more calories with their relatively active lifestyle. An adequate amount of food has a positive effect on their overall physical condition. Among other things, it loses less hair and the condition of its fur is generally good if the Singapura cat enjoys an appropriate, species-appropriate, healthy diet.
The amount of care and time required for the Singapura is fairly manageable. The Singapura’s silky short fur has no undercoat, and as a shorthair cat, it sheds little hair. You should brush your feline fur creature lovingly about once a week to every few weeks. This removes loose hair and stimulates blood circulation. Any matting is also prevented. Above all, the bond between you and your house tiger is strengthened.
Like all cats, the Singapura cat should only be vaccinated when its immune system has already been built up. The same recommendations apply to the Singapura cat as for all other cats with regard to vaccinations. So you should also have the Singapura in particular vaccinated against cat flu, cat disease, leukosis, and – if the cat is outdoors – also against rabies.
Once you’ve decided on a Singapura cat, you should venture out to the animal shelter first. Singapura is a rare breed of cats, but it often happens that pedigree cats are also given away.
When looking for a breeder, make sure they breed professionally and responsibly. Especially with regard to hereditary genetic defects and diseases, it is important that you find out the family tree of your roommate kitty. A reputable breeder is characterized, among other things, by the fact that he can give you information about the cat’s pedigree. In most cases, Singaporeans are between 12 and 16 weeks old when responsible breeders move them to a new home. The cats have already received the basic vaccination and deworming at this point. The cute Singaporeans are usually used to dealing with the litter box and scratching posts. Otherwise, you should patiently and lovingly convey both to your cute newbies. The intelligent Singapura cat learns quickly and adapts well to the circumstances of its environment.
In German, “Kucinta”, the Malay nickname of this breed of cats, means “love cat” by the way. And we are sure: if you have a Singapura, you will love this little cat with a great personality.