The discovery of the Singapura breed is due to an American couple, Tommy and Al Meadows, who in 1974 spent their holidays on the island of Singapore, where they were immediately attracted to this small cat native who apparently looked like a miniature lynx. The islanders saw them as stray cats that survived rummaging in dustbins for food, so that gave them the nickname "drain cats" or "cats to shame." Tommy Meadows, besides being a simple tourist, was also a breeder of cats with short hair and a well-known competition judge in the United States, the temptation to select a new race was such that, when they departed from Singrapore, brought to America a pair of cats. The Singapura immediately aroused great interest and in 1980 another breeder Barbara Gilberton, imported new subjects. In 1984 the first breed club was born, created to defend and protect the new race, in order to set the breed standard and obtain official recognition by the international federations. The first association to recognize the breed Singapura was the TICA in the USA followed by the CFA in 1982 enrolled in their first Singapura "Book of Origins" but accepted these cats in the class championship until 1988. In Europe, the first dogs were imported from the United States by the French breeder, Mrs. Leotard, this breeder along with other admirers of Singapura (including Mrs. Toga who took over the farm of Mrs. Leotard when it decided to stop), following the footsteps of the Americans founded a club for the breed and recognition in Europe. In Europe, the Singapura is recognized by WCF and its affiliated associations, and independent associations.
The Singapura is striking for its small size, which is really mignon. It 'a cat compact with the back slightly arched, rump round, chest well developed and the roundabout.
Size: small, average adult weight is 2.5 kg.
Head: small and round, has a rounded skull and the muzzle short and medium-wide. The chin is well developed and the neck is rather short and robust in females is more subtle. The nose is small and straight.
Ears: Large, slightly pointed, the base is wide open and deep cupped.
Eyes: Large and always wide open, they are quite spaced and have a cut in almond. The recognized colors are brown, green and amber.
Legs: are heavy and muscular, although the cat skeleton end. The feet are small, short and oval.
Tail is short enough (if you do not get shot from behind), thin and with a blunt tip.
Coat: Fine and very short, is close to the body and slightly along the spine.
Colors: the only allowed is brown ticked tabby
Life expectancy: 15 years.
The Singapura cat is a quiet disposition, particularly values ??the people calm and balanced. It 's sometimes shy and diffident. Only rarely can scratch or bite. Enjoy the comfort and peace of mind of apartment living, but also loves to go out much, maybe in the garden, to satisfy his desire for freedom. Coexists seamlessly with other cats and, if used as a kitten, even with dogs. The Singapura cat is a lot that becomes attached to its owner and is linked mainly to a person's family. At home with an interest in participating in all activities and you can always find "before anyone else's feet", so that it seems to want to give advice on how to perform the duties of home. Notify the owner does not meowing, but calling it with small paws or morsettini. Only female in heat makes them feel the gentle voice to attract the attention of the male.
Like all short-haired cats grooming the Singapura is very simple. Just brushing once a week to remove dead hair. The very large eyes tend to water: they must therefore be cleaned daily with a suitable product. The ears, which are large and open and thus easily become the receptacle of dust must be cleaned once a week, gently, as it should be given a trim nails.
The Singapura cat is not a voracious eater and is not. Anything goes, and usually his daily diet ideal for an adult cat should be composed of approximately 70 g of dry food or 200 g of wet food packaged. If you would prefer to give fresh food must remember that a cat does not like meat, but prefers fish mixed with boiled rice and boiled vegetables (carrots, leeks, zucchini) and it is always best to supplement with vitamins and supplements, however, must be recommended by your veterinarian. Do not give leftover food, especially sweets.
Males reach sexual maturity quite early, some people even around 7 months, while females have their first heat to the years of life, it is advisable to wait for the second heat before it joined. Gestation lasts about 68 days and the pregnancy is carried out without problems. The cat, even if at first birth, has never particularly nervous and usually you handle it (gently) and help if needed. Typically 3-4 kittens are born, immediately licked and cared for lovingly by her mother and no presentiment of the classic color brown ticked tabby, but with a blond-colored uniform with a slight darker on the back row. The cubs weigh about 80 grams at birth, are voracious, and often their weight increases up to 15 grams a day. The mother produces milk in abundance and can meet all their needs. The smaller toward the sixth day they open their eyes. The only problem that can occur and that the mother is overprotective with cubs never leaves them, even forgetting to eat, so it is advisable to vary the diet to stimulate the appetite.