The Singapura Cat

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The Singapura Cat – An Angelic Imp You Will Fall In Love With.

The thriving and bustling independent city state of Singapore sits just off the tip of the Malay peninsula. It is a very industrious and crowded environment with many tall buildings and a dense population.

To help cope with the monsoon rains there is a vast open storm drain system in which live a large colony of feral cats in the dry season.

Many of these ‘drain cats’ as they are known, are bob tailed.

They can be found with tabby markings, solid colors and bi colors but very few, perhaps less than one in a thousand have the ticked markings on a sable coat, or the angelic looks of the charming Singapura cat breed.

Yet it is from these drain cats that the Singapura is alleged to have been established.

Not everyone is fully convinced of this and in some circles the history and origin of the breed remains controversial.

The History Of The Singapura Cat

In the mid 1970’s Hal Meadow and his wife Tommy arrived home to the United States from a business trip to Singapore.

They had with them three small cats, two female and one male, with very pleasing brown ticked coat patterns, they claimed these cats were Singapore drain cats.

The Meadows used these three cats, plus another similar cat imported in 1981, to found what would become the Singapura cat breed.

However, another breeder, Jerry Mayes was in Singapore in the mid eighties when he chanced upon importation papers that showed the three original cats, registered as Abyssinians, were in fact exported from the United States to Singapore in 1974.

Singapura cat There is nothing a Singapura likes better than being up high looking down on the world.
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Because of this revelation and the fact that some Burmese – Abyssinian crosses are very much like Singapuras in appearance, people began to conclude that the Singapura was not a natural breed.

An investigation was conducted by the CFA in which Hal Meadow admitted that the three original cats were in fact descendants of local cats he had shipped home while on a previous trip in 1971.

This previous business trip had been of a delicate and somewhat clandestine nature and he could not have reveled he had been in Singapore in that year.

The CFA accepted the explanation and the Singapura cat retained the status of being a natural breed. Most people that are owned by Singapuras probably do not care about the controversy and are very happy to know such a charming and captivating feline, whatever the history of the breed is.

The Personality Of The Singapura Cat

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Singapuras have often been described as impish, but it is a good-natured impishness that they are blessed with, fired by a healthy curiosity and bags of energy. Always willing and ready to play, these cats keep many kitten qualities well into their adulthood.

If you have a Singapura you will find that you have a helpmate for any chores you are doing around the house.

The natural inquisitiveness of the breed, and their close bonding with their humans, means that they have to join in with whatever you’re doing.

Singapura cats are very sprightly and love to climb up onto cabinets and shelves to sit up high and observe the world beneath them.

They also regard their favorite humans as suitable for climbing upon and will contentedly perch on someone’s shoulders even when the human is walking around the house.

Some Puras tend to favor one special human, others it seems, treat all members of the family with equal affection.

A Singapura cat is likely to treat strangers with a bit of caution at first, but only until they have established that the human is friendly, then they are liable to provide the stranger with a large sample of their affection.

These cats generally tend to get on well with children, particularly older children, but may be just a bit wary of younger and more raucous ones.

Other pets in the home are rarely a problem. The Singapura is not aggressive and with its playfulness and affection quickly makes friends with other animals.

If you have the time to give a lot of attention to a pet and the energy for plenty of play as well as an endless capacity for accepting affection, then the angelic and enchanting Singapura cat could be just the feline for you.

The Singapura, Small But Breathtakingly Beautiful

Like Henry Ford’s model T car, you can have a Singapura in any color you wish, just as long as that color is aged ivory with deep brown ticking (agouti.) The ticking is at its most noticeable along the back and not quite so intense on the underbelly, banding can often be found around the top of the forelegs.

The tabby M can be found on the forehead and there is often attractive tinting of the cheekbones.

Perhaps the first feature that you will notice about the Singapura cat, apart from the tiny size, is its amazing eyes – - huge pools of gold, green, hazel or copper set in a round face. This cat’s eyes will mesmerize you in an instant.

This is a very small breed of cat; you could be forgiven for mistaking an adult Pura for a kitten. They do not grow to their full size until they are around two years old.

Small but breathtakingly beautiful. A full grown male will weigh no more than eight pounds at the most, a full grown female somewhat less.

Compact and muscular, the Pura is very capable of running around a quite a pace when it wants too, and those muscles are put to use when the Pura has a notion to climb.

A shortish thick neck supports a rounded head with a wide muzzle and salmon pink nose. The ears are large, deep, alert and medium set. The breed sports a slim, blunt tipped, medium length tail.

If you’ve a hankering to be owned by a purebred Singapura cat it will cost you a pretty penny, but you will not have to dig quite so deeply in your pocket for a pet quality example that would be just as lovable.

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