Possibly the smallest of the domestic cats, weighing around 4 – 6 lbs (1.8 – 2.7 kg), the Singapura was initially presented by Tommy and Hal Meadow in the 1970s as a natural breed originated on the island of Singapore in Southeast Asia. The breed was reportedly established from three “drain cats” imported from Singapore in the 1970s. The ‘drain cats’ are free-roaming semi feral or feral cats that often sought shelter in the drains of Singapore.
However, in 1987, an American breeder Jerry Mayes discovered crucial papers which showed that the three foundation cats were actually taken into Singapore from the US in 1974. On subsequent investigation, Hal Meadow revealed that the three foundation cats were grandchildren of four local cats he found during a previous secretive business trip to Singapore in 1971. Although there were further speculation, the CFA found enough evidence to keep the Singapura’s status as a natural breed.
The Singapura has a very short, smooth coat of the ticked (or stripeless) tabby pattern of agouti hair.
Although small in statue, the Singapura is fairly stocky and athletic. A fully grown female usually weighs only 4.0 lb (1.8 kg) while the male weighs 6.0 lb (2.7 kg). Their large, slightly pointed and deep cupped ears together with the large expressive almond-shaped eyes are very appealing. They have slender tails, slightly shorter than the length of the body and has a blunt tip.
The Singapuras are small, sweet and gorgeous, with big expressive eyes that are simply irresistible. Singapuras are inquisitive, extremely curious, cheeky, joyful, very intelligent and love to play and explore, but also love to cuddle and relax with people. Cat-scratching people is definitely not their forte, that made them an ideal choice for family with kids. However, they have the tendency to perch on higher ground to better survey their territory.