What Is A Singapura Cat? (Everything You Need To Know)

What is a singapura cat? If you were born and bred in Singapore the chances are you’d know about this small oriental breed of cat. Outside of Asia they’re less common, but nonetheless a breed that’s quickly gaining popularity worldwide. In this post you’ll discover exactly what is a singapura cat and where it originated from.

You’ll also learn about the features of a singapurian cat including markings, weight and height. All breeds have different personalities and we’ll be looking at the temperament of a typical singapura feline. Plus, we’ll be examining any health concerns, as well as what to feed your singapura cat. By the end of this post you’ll know if this is is the right breed of cat for you.

Where does the singapura cat originate from?

Originating in Singapore they were known as street or drain cats. It was only when a couple living in Singapore moved back to the US and decided to take 3 of these little cats with them in that the breed was born.

During their time back in Texas they allowed the cats to mate, then a few years later they moved back to Singapore. Naturally, they didn’t want to leave their beloved fur babies behind, so they took the cats with them. Over the next few decades the singapura cat became very popular among cat lovers. In fact it was even declared a national living treasure!

What does a singapura cat look like?

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Closeup Singapura Cat Looking in Camera on purple background

The singapura is the worlds smallest cat. You’ll be surprised to learn they only weigh between five to eight pounds. Females are on the smaller side with most rarely weighing more than five pounds.

If you were expecting a range of coat colours to choose from, you may be disappointed. The only part of the singapura breed that varies are the eye colours. You may find your singapura cat has green, yellow, or hazel coloured eyes. They’re almond in shape and very large.

A singapura cat has large cupped ears, and distinctive tabby markings on the forehead. You’ll also notice it has a broad muzzle. Despite being small in size, singapura cats have a stocky build. This makes them look square shaped when standing on all four legs.

You won’t have to worry too much about grooming as their coat is short. Unless you get a cross breed, you’ll find all singapura cats have the same coat colours and markings. The belly and chest are light ivory, and the rest of the coat is a darker shade with brown ticks, giving a sepia appearance.

What is the singapura cat personality?

Many oriental breeds of cat are talkative and not afraid to express themselves! In contrast you’ll find a singapura cat quiet and reserved in nature. You’ll never feel alone as singapuras love company. Just like siamese, they’re highly intelligent and love being involved in what you’re doing!

Though small in size, singapura cats have big personalities and are very affectionate. They have so much love to give and will soon become part of your family. If you want a cuddly lap cat then this is the breed for you. Curling up on the sofa with a singapura can be soothing and comforting.

It’s not unheard of for singapura cats to perch on their owner’s shoulders for a better view. They don’t like being on the floor and will quickly find high places to jump. Book shelves, wall cabinets, cupboards, are all exciting places for a singapura to explore.

If you’re thinking of adopting one of these exquisite creatures you’ll need to have eyes in the back of your head. Being small they can squeeze themselves into the narrowest of places. Never leave cupboard doors open unless you want the contents inspected by your mischievous singapura! Anything is fair game for these playful kitties.

From pens to keys, anything you own is considered theirs! Singapura cats love to help, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself with a new assistant on the laptop keypad!

Expect to be woken up in the morning by a gentle pat on your face, as your little kitty wants to play. Singapura cats don’t mature as quickly as most felines. In fact they’re not considered fully adult until about age two. Even then, they remain kittenish lifelong. This oriental breed of cat doesn’t age gracefully, so don’t expect a sedate senior!

Do singapura cats get on with other pets?

If you have other cats you should be fine as this breed is very sociable. Always follow the rule of gradually introducing a new cat though. If you have a dog, providing it’s friendly there shouldn’t be a problem.

Young children will be fine. As long as they’re well behaved your singapura kitty will soon make friends. The singapura cat’s limitless energy and playful nature will quickly win a place in your child’s heart. Don’t be surprised if they become inseparable!

Do singapura cats have any health issues?

Singapura cats like all other breeds aren’t immune from inherited diseases. You should note that this breed has a small gene pool which can cause issues. A known health issue is one that may cause pregnancy problems in females. Weak uterine muscles are common and often result in the need for caesarian births.

If you decide to buy singapura kittens from a breeder, look for one that’s not afraid to let you see them. Ask for a written health guarantee as well. Be wary of any breeder who refuses to offer certificates or guarantees. It’s best to take time researching before making any decisions.

Caring for your singapura cat

Due to their highly sociable, inquisitive nature they crave company and easily get bored. They’re not destructive though, so you won’t return home to find your houseplants trashed, or broken ornaments scattered on the floor! If you’re going to be out all day you may want to consider getting two cats to keep each other company. Buy a selection of toys for your kitty to play with and keep her active.

As singapuras have short hair they don’t require a lot of grooming. Buy a nice brush for your kitty and treat her to weekly sessions. This helps remove loose hair and massages the skin. Get your vet to trim your cat’s nails regularly as they can be very sharp. If you’re keeping a cat indoors you’ll need to get several scratching poles.

This will not only help remove painful nail husks, but encourage stretching and exercise as well. Many owners worry about letting their singapura cat outside. Their small size makes them appear vulnerable, but in fact they’re quite good at looking after themselves. Remember, this breed originated as drain cats and lived alongside other cats on the streets.

At the end of the day it’s your decision, but if you’re worried you could always get an enclosure. This is an ideal solution for those of you with a garden. Your cat will be safe and able to exercise, and you’ll have peace of mind.

Is a singapura the right cat for you?

So now you’ve found the answer to what is a singapura cat, do you feel this is the right breed for you? As you’ve discovered, they’re very friendly and loving.

You’ve found out where the breed originated from, and what they look like. You’ve also learned a little bit about the personality of a singapura as well as if they’re suitable for multi pet households. We’ve covered any potential health issues as well as caring for your oriental feline. As you’ll have discovered, singapuras are easy to look after and eager to help! They’re tiny, mischievous and full of love.

Are you thinking of adopting a singapura cat? I’d love to know your thoughts, also feel free to share any experiences. Please leave your comments below.

Wishing you a purrfect day 🙂

6 thoughts on “What Is A Singapura Cat? (Everything You Need To Know)”

  1. I started reading this post because I have never heard of a Singapura cat. I look up, and my husband and daughter are both reading over my shoulder. LOL. I guess it is safe to say; it is a well-written article and so informative. I would love to own one of the beauties. Unfortunately, I am banned from getting any more pets. I guess two dogs, two cats, a guinea pig, and a dove are enough for my mate. But maybe in the future.

    I love the fact that they are so small and intelligent. And the look of them is unique. Thank you for the article, keep up the good work.

    • Thank you Dovey:) Sounds like you have a houseful with all your pets lol! Maybe one day you’ll be able to get a little singapura:)

  2. Hi there Kathy Anne

    Firstly, I am a cat-lover, so I am commenting on your website with the utmost pleasure. I really love how you laid out your website and the use of images, the bold headings and the font used are all awesome and works well together.

    Remember that you do not have to write out 2 sentences or 2 lines and skip a line, you can write a paragraph consisting of 4 to 5 lines and then skip; it makes it look a lot more neater and its a lot more eye-catching as well.

  3. Wow, that is really interesting. You really laid out each and every detail about this foreign feline. I never would’ve guess this cat had so much character to it. Personally, I think a cat like this would be lovely to have, but only if you treat it right and know how to take good care of it. I’ll look into other breeds of cats and see how they compare before I make a final decision.

    • Thank you TJ, yes, these little cats may be tiny, but they’re packed with personality! I agree, all cats are lovely to own, but only if you care for them properly:)


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