Smallest Cat Breeds: These Little Thieves Will Steal Your Heart

When it comes to choosing a feline as a pet, there are numerous options. Whether it be the size, coat color, or personality, you can choose from a wide range of established as well as non-established breeds. While some people opt for large and medium-sized cats, small cat breeds are also equally in demand.
Some of the popular cat breeds of small size include the Russian blue, Cornish Rex, Modern Siamese, Nebelung, Devon Rex, and Singapura.
The honor of being the smallest recognized cat breed goes to the Singapura, which is claimed to have originated from the drain cats of Singapore. They are among those breeds that are very much in demand but are rare and highly expensive.
Singapura – The Smallest Cat Breed
Even though there are various small cat breeds, the Singapura is considered the smallest among them. This cat breed is listed as the world’s smallest domesticated cat breed in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is a slow-growing cat and may take anywhere between sixteen months to two years to attain full size.
The weight of a Singapura cat can be as low as four pounds. The average male can weigh between 6-8 lbs., while a female weighs between 5-6 lbs.
How Does a Singapura Cat Look Like?
Their characteristic features include the short and smooth coat, large ears, and almond-shaped eyes, which can be amber or green in color. According to breed standards, the coat color of this cat breed is sepia agouti, which is described as ivory ground color with dark brown ticking. In short, each strand of hair has two colors – ivory color at the base and dark brown tips. The tail of this cat is usually slender with a blunt, black tip. These cats are slim but muscular and stocky in nature.
Origin and History of the Breed
Though the Singapura is a registered cat breed, their origin is still shrouded in mystery. The breed is claimed to have originated from three ticked, sepia-colored cats that traveled from Singapore to the U.S. in 1975. They were brought to the United States by two American expatriates from Singapore, named Tommy and Hal Meadow. They were staying in Singapore for several years, and as per their claims, the cats (named Tess, Tickle, and Pusse) were actually common street cats (also called drain cats) of Singapore. It is true that small, brown cats with ticked coats have been found on the streets of Singapore since 1960.
Once they reached the U.S., Tommy and Hal Meadow started special breeding programs to get rid of undesirable traits in these cats. They also tried to bring some consistency in traits, like color, coat pattern, personality, and disposition. They named the breed as ‘Singapura’, in honor of the country of origin of these cats. Later, these cats were recognized as a separate breed, by the CFA (Cat Fanciers’ Association).
The Controversy

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’.

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