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Singapura Cat

With big, striking eyes and an adoring and warm disposition, the Singapura cat makes a wonderful feline companion.

The Singapura cat is also known as the “Singapura drain cat” as they were thought to have originated from three street cats in Singapore. They were imported to the United States in the 1970’s and were recognised as a breed by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1988.

Ranging from 1.8 to 3.6kgs in weight, the Singapura cat is quite a small cat. They have a ticked (Agouti) coat pattern and are sepia (brown/cream) in colour. Their life expectancy is around 12 to 15 years.

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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Singapore 

Also known as 

Singapura Cat / Singapura Drain Cat / Kucinta

Size 

Small 1.8 to 3.6kgs

Weight Range

1.8 to 3.6kgs

Colours

Sepia (brown/cream) ticked (Agouti) coat 

Life expectancy

12 to 15 years 

Coat

Short, shedding coat 

Temperament 

Intelligent, curious, affectionate

Activity levels

Moderate

Best suited for 

Any cat-friendly household

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality 

Sharp minded and agile, the Singapura has natural curiosity and joie de vivre. They’re said to seek out human company and make devoted companions. This makes them a suitable cat for families but bear in mind that they are a small cat that is unlikely to enjoy rough handling by small children. Singapura cats are highly social cats and historically get along with other household cats if introduced early. They adapt well to apartment life when they are provided with plenty of cat trees, toys, and company. 

Keep your Singapura indoors or in a cat friendly enclosure to help keep them safe from roads, other cats and snakes as well as helps to keep wildlife safe from your cat.

Grooming 

Singapura cats have a distinctive short, silky coat that is low maintenance. A cat grooming glove can be used a couple of times a week to help remove loose hair. Make sure your Singapura is on flea control all year round and tick control if you are in a tick area. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Singapura Cat, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Consider a premium food that offers urinary tract protection for your cat. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Singapura cat has a constant supply of fresh water available and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer to drink moving water.

Common health concerns 

From 2016-2020, Singapura cats visited the vet for illness manifesting in not eating, skin problems including feline acne, and skin allergies, heart conditions including heart murmurs, hepatitis and collapse. 

The five most common reasons for a Singapura cat to visit the vet (excluding routine care visits) according to PetSure data from 2016-2020.

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment (highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Anorexia

$542

$1,295

2

Skin conditions, including feline acne and skin allergies

$65

$168

3

Heart conditions, including heart murmurs and enlarged hearts

$547

$845

4

Liver conditions, including hepatitis 

$332

$853

5

Collapse 

$321

$454

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Singapura Cat names (PetSure data 2016-2020)

Most popular names

  1. Cleo
  2. Henry
  3. Max
  4. Bubbles
  5. Buffy
  6. Daisy
  7. Dallas
  8. Felix
  9. Fergus
  10. Ivy 

Most popular female names  

  1. Cleo
  2. Bubbles
  3. Buffy
  4. Daisy
  5. Ivy
  6. Luna
  7. Max
  8. Miley
  9. Ninja
  10. Scooby 

Most popular male names

    1. Henry
    2. Dallas
    3. Felix
    4. Fergus
    5. Kylo
    6. Loki
    7. Marvin
    8. Max
    9. Maya
    10. Mimi 

Did you know?

In Singapore, the Singapura cat is also referred to as “Kucinta”, meaning ‘love cat’.

Where can I get a Singapura Cat? 

Singapura Cat cats are not very common in Australia. If you are looking for a feline companion, shelters generally have many beautiful cats looking for loving homes. It may be possible to find a Singapura Cat through a breed specific rescue but check out your local animal shelter or rescue organisation where you may just find your perfect kitten or cat!

References

  1. Hill’s Pet, Singapura Cat, Accessed on 15/04/2021
  2. The Cat Fanciers Association, The Singapura Cat, accessed on 15/04/2021
  3. Wikipedia, Singapura Cat, accessed on 15/04/2021

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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