Singapura | Cat Breed Guide

Singapura | Cat Breed Guide

by ScritchSpot

These tiny Southeast Asian cats are a perfect fit for families, or anyone looking for a particularly friendly lap cat. With their tiny bodies and ease of grooming, a Singapura is ready to be your new favorite feline friend.

Weight: 4-8 pounds 

Life Expectancy: 11-15 years

Temperament: playful, curious, intelligent, quiet

Energy Level:

Ease of Training:

Grooming Requirements:

History and Personality 

Singapuras were bred in the 1970’s from cats found in Singapore, most likely a mix of Burmese and Abyssinian. Singapuras were even recognized in the 90’s as the official tourist mascot of Singapore, where you’ll hear it referred to as a “kucinta.” (A combination of the words “cat” and “love.”)

If you bring a Singapura home, be ready to play! This is a high-energy, playful cat with a personality that far outsizes its small body. Keep this little guy entertained with busy toys, noisemakers, and puzzle games. Otherwise, you might risk them making a game out of something else, like your curtains. 

Singapuras aren’t only energetic, they’re sociable. They love to meet people and will want to play or cuddle almost immediately. As absolute lap cats, Singapuras aren’t shy about cozying up to their humans. Singapuras thrive around others and suffer when left alone. Your cat will do best in a home with enthusiastic humans, children, or even other animals. 

Grooming

Your Singapura’s short coat will be easy to groom. A simple weekly combing will remove dead hairs and minimize shedding. Singapuras need occasional nail trims, but they are quite sensitive to having their feet touched so start trimming those nails as young as possible. 

Health Concerns

  • Polycystic kidney deficiency 
  • Small gene pool

Singapuras can develop polycystic kidney disease (PKD) via a deficiency of an enzyme important for red blood cell energy metabolism and results in hemolytic anemia. Luckily, a blood test can determine whether your cat is a PKD carrier. With regular vet visits, even a cat with PKD can usually live a normal life. Help your cat maintain a healthy weight and keep up with annual vet visits to keep him in tip top shape.