The Singaporean looks like a small Abyssinian. It has a rounded head with an obvious indentation in the whiskers and a wide, short muzzle. The ears are large and very cupped.


Breed Origin:
Life Span:
11 - 15+ years
Average Weight:
4 - 7 lbs
Hair quantity:
General health:

Origin and History

The Singapura’s roots trace back to Singapore, where they were discovered roaming the streets and along the riverbanks. The breed’s name itself means “Singapore” in Malay. In the 1970s, Hal and Tommy Meadow, American expatriates, recognized the uniqueness of these small cats and began a breeding program to preserve and promote the breed. The Singapura was officially recognized by major cat associations in the 1980s, solidifying its status as a distinct breed.

Physical Characteristics

Singapuras are small, weighing between 4 to 8 pounds, but don’t let their size fool you; they are muscular and surprisingly heavy when picked up. Their coat is short, fine, and comes in a unique color: a warm, ivory beige with sepia brown ticking, known as “ticked tabby.” One of their most striking features is their large, almond-shaped eyes, which can be yellow, green, or hazel, set in a small, slightly rounded head, giving them an eternally youthful appearance.

Personality and Temperament

Despite their small stature, Singapuras have a big personality. They are curious, playful, and thrive on human interaction, often seeking out the highest point in a room to observe their surroundings. Singapuras are affectionate and enjoy being close to their humans, making them excellent lap cats. They have a gentle nature and get along well with children and other pets, making them a perfect addition to any household.

Care and Health

Singapuras are generally healthy and robust, with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years or more. Their short coat requires minimal grooming, making them an easy-to-care-for breed. Like all cats, they benefit from regular health check-ups, a balanced diet, and plenty of exercises to keep them fit and happy. They are an active breed that enjoys playing with toys and climbing, so providing a stimulating environment with plenty of opportunities for activity is essential.

Living with a Singapura

Living with a Singapura can bring a lot of joy and entertainment to a household. Their curious and affectionate nature means they will want to be involved in everything you do, from sitting on your lap while you work to cuddling up with you at night. Their small size makes them adaptable to various living environments, including apartments. For those looking for an engaging, loving, and playful feline companion, the Singapura is an excellent choice.

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