The Singapura is a small breed of cat, known for its large ears and eyes. To find out more about the breed, and if it is a good fit for your family, read on below.
The Singapura is a small breed of cat, with adult females expected to weigh 2.3 to 2.7 kg and males 2.7 to 3.6 kg. Despite its small size, the breed is well muscled and robust. The standout features of the Singapura are the large ears and eyes. The coat is fine and silky, typically with a ticked tabby pattern and sepia-toned colour.
Singapuras are an inquisitive and playful breed. They are fond of high places and are often found surveying a room from its highest vantage point. Singapura cats are particularly happy when spending time with their family and are best suited to households in which they are given constant companionship. To this end, they are well suited to multi-pet households and those with children, though careful socialisation is always advised.
The Singapura has a life expectancy of between 9 – 15 years. While largely healthy, they can be prone to Pyruvate kinase deficiency. This can lead to hemolytic anaemia, which is an abnormal breakdown of red blood cells. Symptoms include inappetence, lethargy, diarrhoea and weight loss. The breed can also suffer from uterine inertia, which is the inability to properly pass a foetus during queening. This means that Singapuras require caesarian sections more often than other breeds.
Tommy and Hal Meadow, two US citizens who had been living in Singapore, developed the Singapura as recently as the 1970s. When returning to the US, they brought three local Singaporean cats with the trademark brown-ticked colour with them. Once settled back in American, they then began to breed them. Because of their characteristics, cat fanciers believe these original cats to have been the result of various cross breedings between Siamese, Burmese and Abyssinian cats. The first Singapura to enter the UK arrived in 1989.
The Singapuras in the attached photo are Tigger and Flick, who are regular visitors to our Thornbury hospital.