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Singapura Breed Profile

Singapura Cat | Breed Profile | Breed Description

The Singapura is a shorthaired cat distinguished by its large eyes and its warm beige, brown-ticked coat. The coat color is called either sepia agouti or brown ticked agouti; despite the different names, it is the same color and the only color in which Singapuras are found. The Singapura is a shorthaired cat distinguished by its large eyes and its unusual warm beige, brown-ticked coat. The coat colour is called either sepia agouti or brown ticked agouti; despite the different names, it is the same colour and the only colour in which Singapuras are found.

The original home of the Singapura is the island of Singapore, with the breed taking its name from the local Malay name for the island meaning “Lion City”. Singapuras descended from a type of cat native to Singapore, sometimes referred to as the “drain cat” of Singapore. The breed is the result of a combination of genes indigenous to South East Asia, both the brown as in Siamese and Burmese and the agouti or ticked pattern.


The first Singapura cats to appear were imported into America from Singapore by Hal and Tommy Meadow in the mid-seventies, having been found and adopted in the Loyang area by a geophysical work boat crew. The breed was carefully developed from Ticle, Pusse, Tes, George and Gladys, the latter two being offspring from Ticle and Pusse. In 1980 a further cat, Chiko, was imported into America.

Hal and Tommy Meadow worked diligently breeding, perfecting, and promoting “their” cat, the Singapura. A giant step was taken when other breeders other than the Meadows became involved in the Singapura breed. One of the first was Catherine MacQuarrie of MacQuarrie Cattery who acquired a female named Usaf’s Huntress of MacQuarrie. All the early breeders shared an intense commitment to the Singapura until their hard work paid off in 1981 when the Singapura became accepted for registration status.

The Singapura has gone from a small group of dedicated breeders to the Singapura of today with a vast and diverse group of independent, experienced and committed breeders. The look of the Singapura remains unaltered today from the early imports from Singapore.

The Singapura is an alert, healthy, medium sized cat of foreign type. The body has good bone structure and is moderately stocky and muscular, yet gives an impression of great elegance. Females tend to be slightly smaller than males. The breed has noticeably large eyes and ears. Remnants of the tabby “M” are visible on the forehead along with “cheetah” lines extending down from the inner corner of the eyes.

The Singapura is also noted for its ticked (agouti) coat. Singapuras all have the same coloration with only one colour allowed. Body colour is an old, golden ivory with a soft warm effect, ticked with sepia brown. Ticking refers to the presence of bands of different colour on the hair shaft. Each hair on the Singapura has at least two bands of sepia brown ticking separated by light bands, light next to skin and dark tip. Muzzle, chest, stomach and inner legs are an unticked light ivory colour similar to unbleached muslin. Some barring is shown on their inner front legs and back knees.

The Singapura coat is also short, silky, close lying and requires minimal grooming. Eyes are large, set not less than an eye width apart, held wide open, but showing slant when closed or partially closed. Eye colour can be found in hazel, green or yellow.

The Singapura has an enchanting personality. To be owned by a Singapura is like having another member of the family, a caring affectionate and sensitive friend. They have soft, gentle voices and love and genuinely seem to need their humans. Being vigorous cats, they are active and lively, with a love of warmth. The desire for closeness with their humans is a trait common to all Singapuras.

Their stature makes them gentle cats, but they are also very interactive cats that remain playful throughout their lives. They are mischievous, intelligent and inquisitive, and will investigate anything thoroughly and want to be involved in all their human’s activities. They also get along remarkably well with other pet animals. Singapura owners greatly enjoy the charm of this mischievous, good-natured, gentle and outgoing breed.

small, solid, warm, satin coated heating pad. That’s a singapura in bed with you, but if you don’t wake up on time you get your face patted with a soft paw, or your eyelids washed, or your nose polished as they mark you as theirs. Next they have to sit at your feet and look at you accusingly to see if you’re through on YOUR litter pan, or sometimes they’ll sit by the wash bowl asking you to turn the water on a dribble so they can have their morning mouth wash. The water always tastes better out of the faucet or your glass on the bathroom counter.

They’ll beat you to the door, the dining table, and have to sit on the kitchen counter to see just what you’re doing up there. (If you want a cat that stays off the kittchen counter, DO NOT get a singapura.) And the warmest place in the house is THEIRS!!

You don’t have to wait for your back to be turned, they’ll open kitchen cabinets and drawers with apparent ease and very little time to figure out how to do it. Have you been told that these are very intelligent critters? Well, you have now! Anything with big eyes and big ears has got to take in a lot of information.

The newspaper is a wonderful place for them to sit–but only if you’re trying to read it. The sewing machine is a marvel of movement. Much like watching a tennis match but with up and down movement instead of side to side. Cracks under inside doors were meant especially for singapuras to hide toys under. Shove them under and run around the door quick to find them and push them back the other way. One cat on one side of the door and one cat on the other is a different game but just a challenging.