Leonardo da Vinci once stated, “Even the smallest feline is a masterpiece.” One can’t help but keep the phrase in mind when contemplating the small wonder known to us as the Singapura. (VetStreet)
“Too darn cute for words!” “What a personality!” “Well worth the wait!” The cat all these folks are referring to is the Singapura, “the best kept secret in the cat fancy”! When asked what makes these cats so special, one breeder responds, “Initially, it is their deceptive, delicate appearance with big eyes and angelic face. The true hook is Singapura’s enchanting personality.” (Springville Cattery)
A natural breed, the Singapura is not outcrossed to any other breeds, and only comes in one color: “brown ticked agouti, described as dark brown ticking against a yellowish ivory background. Looking out at the world are eyes of celadon green, hazel, gold or copper with dark mascara markings and facial lines. On the forehead, the Singapura is marked with the tabby M shape.” (VetStreet) It is the smallest known breed of domestic cat.
A Little History
Many ailurophiles are surprised to learn the origins of the beautiful Singapura. Indigenous to Southeast Asia, specifically the street and sewer drains of Singapore, the word, “singapura” is the Malaysian word for the city Singapore. (CFA Breeds). Singapuras were brought to the United States by Hal and Tommy Meadow, expatriates returning home in the 1970s. The International Cat Association recognized the Singapura in 1979. “CFA accepted the Singapura for registration in 1982 and for championship competition in 1988.” (CFA Breeds) Their most endearing quality is being a “pesky people cat, an extroverted, curious, playful but non-destructive cat that insists on helping you with everything.” (CFA Breeds) Singapuras are as playful as kittens even well into their old age. Dainty in stature, females weigh between five to six pounds, while males are slightly larger, weighing in between six and eight pounds. “Many veterinarians seeing a Singapura for the first time are apt to think something might be wrong with the kitten since it is so small.” (CFA Breeds)
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