The teeny tiny Singapura is all ears and eyes. This breed is relatively rare. You're going to want to cuddle this itty-bitty kitty, but she's honestly not much of a lap cat. She's the smallest breed around, but only if you're measuring her body. Her personality is definitely large enough to fill your entire house and then some.
Originally from—you guessed it—Singapore, this breed can grow to between 4-8 pounds and lives an average of 9-15 years.
Did someone say “toy?” Yes, please!
I looooove being with you
You can SEE me thinking
I mostly groom myself
I'm a cat and proud of it
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS THE SINGAPURA'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Singapuras are super-smart, pesky like your kid sister, and eager to please. These kitties are sympathetic to your moods, and happy to shower you or anyone else who wanders into the room with affection. This is a curious breed that retains their kittenish energy well into their adulthood. They make wonderful family members, if your family doesn't mind having a wee cat up in their business all the time.
WHAT IS SINGAPURA'S BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Don't be fooled by their size: this breed is assertive and powerful. Singapuras are quite chatty, but they have small, quiet voices. This is an outgoing and “helpful” breed—if your definition of being “helped” involves having cat paws, noses, and/or butts up in whatever you're doing. Note: this is absolutely how your Singapura defines helping. These are energetic, athletic cats who want to be involved in absolutely everything you're up to.
HOW CAN I KEEP MY SINGAPURA ENTERTAINED?
Singapuras love chasing bubbles. Have you died of cute yet?
If you have survived the mental image of a tiny cat popping catnip-flavored bubbles with her teeny paw, you might also offer her a ride on your shoulders or install a high cat tower from which she can survey her domain. If you're picky about your dishware, you might want to invest in a set of child locks for cabinets—Singapuras often love to paw open cabinets and doors.
CARE & HEALTH
WHAT DO SINGAPURAS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Singapuras are so tiny! Their fur is fine and comes in a light beige color known as “sepia agouti.” Their short, silky coats don't shed much; you can get by with wiping yours down with a chamois or just petting her all over.
Your cat's coat and skin can tell you a lot about her health and wellbeing. Healthy cats have coats that are smooth and shiny; they should have supple, clear skin. Nutrition and wellness factor heavily into the texture and luster of your kitty's coat, but you can help keep her looking and feeling her best with regular skin care and grooming.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SINGAPURAS HAVE?
As a breed, Singapuras are generally healthy. Some are prone to uterine inertia (muscle weakness in the uterus), which would require the cat to have a caesarean section rather than deliver naturally.
Remember that cats often hide disease symptoms! It's important to bring your furry friend in for veterinary checkups at least once a year.
ARE SINGAPURAS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
Singapuras aren't among the breeds generally recommended for allergy sufferers, though they are infrequent shedders. Shedding less doesn't make these breeds hypoallergenic. Dander found in urine, dead skin, and saliva (not pet hair) is what sets off allergy sufferers. Lighter-shedding cats will distribute fewer allergens around your home, though.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS MY SINGAPURA'S BEST DAY?
You need to try blowing bubbles for this cat—she'll go nuts. She also likes to find tiny spaces to hide in. She does not enjoy loud noises, though, so keep your voice down and ask visitors to do the same.
SHOULD I ADOPT A SINGAPURA?
Are you looking for a pocket-sized feline noodge to steal your pen caps, tromp all over your keyboard, and climb in your cabinets? One who will also place a sympathetic paw on your nose if you're having a bad day? Singapuras are a bit Extra, especially for such a small cat, but who can resist this tiny ball of chaos?
Have you decided that a Singapura is the purr-fect cat for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.