The first thing that I noticed about Indra was her large almond shaped eyes which dominated her delicate little face and her large, slightly pointed ears. She was a short haired cat and her coat had a unique light beige colouring with dark brown bands. Indra was a muscular, stocky girl inside a very small frame. The Singapura cat is said to be the smallest of the recognised breeds and they develop to their full size by the age of two years. Don’t let their small size trick you they can be surprisingly heavy with males weighing up to 6kg and females weighing 4kg.
The next thing I noticed about Indra was her extroverted, inquisitive and playful personality. Right then I was captivated with this enchanting ball of energy. Indra, like all Singapura cats just wanted to be with us all the time and was happiest when rubbing around our legs or helping us with the cleaning in the cattery. This little pocket rocket required a lot of attention and loads of stimulation. They are known for their intelligence and Indra the clever little girl plays fetch with her owner.
The name Singapura is the Malaysian word for Singapore. It was initially believed that the Singapura cat originated in the streets and drains in Singapore.
The Singapura was created from a mix of the Burmese and Abyssinian gene pool. There is some dispute whether the cats were breed in America or Singapore by Hal and Tommy Meadows during the 1970s.
The Cats Fancier’s Federation accepted the Singapura for registration in 1981.
The tourism board of Singapore declared the Singapura cat to be the island’s national mascot. To promote the Singapura, the government commissioned sculptors to make two dozen cat statues in the likeness of a Singapura to line the river bank. During the promotion of the Singapura the tourism board of Singapore was informed the Singapora was not an actual breed of island cat and that Hal and Tommy had lied about breeding the cats in Singapore. In response to this information the Singapore tourist board said regardless of where they were mated the gene pool being Burmese and Abyssinian originated from south-east Asia and therefore the Singapura was to remain their mascot.
The Singapura cat would make a wonderful companion for someone who is looking for a little buddy and can devote a lot of time, effort and love.