Description / History
The cat today known as the Singapura is descended from a type of cat native to Singapore, sometimes referred to as the “drain cat” of Singapore. These small cats with their distinctive appearance and coloring were never the most numerous cat in their native habitat. It is precisely their unique appearance that caught the eye of Hal Meadow while he was living in Singapore. The original Singapuras were imported to the United States in the early 1970’s with an additional cat found at the Singapore SPCA and subsequently imported in 1980 by Barbara Gilbertson.
The Singapura is a small to medium cat with a ticked (agouti) coat. This coat pattern is also found on the Abyssinian cat as well as rabbits, squirrels, gophers and other animals in the wild throughout the world. Ticking refers to the presence of bands of different color on the hair shaft. The coat is short, silky, and close lying. Some barring is shown on the inner front legs and back knees. The head should be rounded, medium length with good width at the eye level. The muzzle of the Singapura is of medium length and square. Remnants of the tabby “M” are visible on the forehead along with “cheetah” lines extending down from the inner corner of the eyes. Eyes and ears should be very large. Eye color can be hazel, green or yellow. Singapuras all have the same coloration - only one color is allowed - dark brown ticking on an old ivory ground color, the underside is the color of unbleached muslin. The color gives the impression of delicacy, but don’t be fooled, the Singapura is a muscular, although small cat.
Singapuras enjoy their people. They are highly intelligent, active, and curious cats with the bonus of being quite affectionate. They love to be on you while you are watching TV or reading (preferably between you and what you are reading). Balancing the checkbook can become quite an adventure, and most prefer to sleep under the covers of your bed with you. If you are looking for a cat to just sit there and be admired, don’t even consider a Singapura. The Singapura is a very interactive cat which remains playful even when grown, and they get along remarkably well with other animals.
The Singapura's eyes are large and almond shaped. The eye color is gold, hazel or green.
Fine, very short; lying very close to body.
The Singapura is accepted by most major cat registries.