It began with the discovery that the three cats (from whom the breed is claimed to have originated) were actually taken to Singapore from the United States, during 1974. They were registered as Abyssinians in the import papers. The fact that Meadows were breeders of Abyssinians,
Burmese, and Siamese breeds, added to the speculation that the three cats were actually crossbreeds of Burmese and Abyssinian cats. The
Singapura cats resembled these breeds to a great extent. Though an investigation was conducted, the CFA was convinced with the explanation provided by the Meadows. The status of Singapura cats as a natural breed was retained.
However, genetic studies show little difference between Burmese cats and Singapuras. Even the small size of the breed is claimed to be a rarity in natural breeds. So, the natural breed status of Singapuras is a much-debated subject. This cat is known in Singapore as ‘Kuchinta’, which means ‘the act of love’.