Native Country Singapore Island Other Names Drain Cat, Singapura, River Cat Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size Small Litters
Breed Appearance The Singapura is one of the smallest breeds of
cats, noted for its large eyes and ears, brown ticked coat and blunt
tail. Reportedly established from three "drain cats" imported from
Singapore in the 1970s, it was later revealed that the cats were
originally sent to Singapore from the US before they were exported
back to the US. Investigations by the Cat Fanciers' Association
(CFA) concluded no wrongdoing and the Singapura kept its status as a
Breed Description Head: Small, round. Jowls allowed in
adult males. Short, broad muzzle. Delicately domed nose with a
slight stop below the line of the eyes. Well-developed, rounded
chin. Well-defined whisker pads. Eyes: Large, almond-shaped, accentuated by dark outlines.
Separated by one eye-width. Color: green, gold, or copper. Blue is
not allowed. Neck: Short and thick. Body: Small to medium-sized,
moderately stocky, compact. Well-built, muscular. Rounded rib cage,
slightly arched back, round croup. Paw: Muscular, fine-boned legs. Small, oval paws. Tail: Moderately long, fairly thin but not excessively tapered.
Rounded tip. Coat: Fine, very short hair, not fluffy, lying flat against the
body. Ticking of four or more alternating bands of dark brown to
ivory except on the belly, throat, and inside of the legs, which are
antique ivory. “M” on the forehead, dark outline around nose, eyes,
and paw pads. Broken bracelets on the legs. Sepia agouti coloring
with dark brown ticking on a warm antique ivory background (brown
ticked tabby). Dark salmon pink nose, pinkish-brown paw pads. The
inside of the ears is salmon-colored with ivory hair. Hair along the
spine and on the tail tip may be dark. Fault: Small ears and eyes. Muzzle too short. Fluffy coat.
Cold, grayish cast. Absence of bars on the inside of the legs.
Absence of necklaces and outline around the nose. Disqualify: blue
eyes. Continuous necklaces, circular bracelets on legs, bars on
tail. White lockets or any other markings.
History The lightest of the domestic cats “Singapura”
is the Malaysian name for Singapore Island and also designates a
true common cat who walks the streets of the capital. American
tourists Tommy and Hal Meadows noticed the cats in 1974. The
following year, they became the first to import the breed to
California. They acquired three cats (Tess, Tickle, and Puss) who
were being shown by 1976. T. and S. Svenson were among the ardent
supporters of the breed. In 1980, more Singapuras were brought to
the United States. T.I.C.A. and then the C.F.A. recognized them in
1984 and 1988, respectively. The first specimens of the breed were
reported in France and Great Britain around 1988-1989. The F.I.Fe.
has not yet recognized it. Although the Singapura was developed in
the United States, it is not common there.
Behavior The Singapura is well-balanced. Into
everything, sociable, very affectionate, and loving, these cats are
sensitive and demand petting. They are discreet and have a very soft
voice. They follow their owner everywhere. Female Singapuras are
known for being very loving mothers. In terms of grooming, they
require weekly brushing.
Health The Singapura cat is considered a healthy cat
breed with very few health issues.