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                           SINGAPURA                                                                                                              I would like to thank my dear friend and mentor, Evelyn Grado-Wolynies, who has entrusted me with a majestic, exquisite male Singapura. Without further ado, I introduce to you...


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                        DOB: 4/3/17



The Singapura was initially called a native born "river cat" during the 1960s in Singapore. Its unique appearance enchanted an expatriate couple: Hal and Tommy Meadows. This couple is known for pioneering the breeding of three cats that they brought back to Texas in the United States in 1974.

       Ang Lian Tin, the winner of the "Name the Singapore River Cats" competition, held in 1990 referred to the Singapura as Kucinta (Kuchinta), which is a hybrid of two Malay words: Kuching (cat) and cinta (love). Kucinta in Malay also means "I love" with ku being short for aku or "I" and chinta being a verb "to love".

























       The Singapura is an extremely rare cat and has been identified as the smallest breed of cat in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is highly sought out with exorbitant offers for excellent specimens. It is a highly intelligent, lively and affectionate cat, which makes a gentle and loving companion.

According to TICA Standards:
         
         Singapuras are miniature muscular cats resembling cougars. It has a sepia sable brown ticked, or agouti, coat against an ivory background with undersides that resemble unbleached muslin. A tabby "M" appears on the forehead and there are bars on the inside of the front legs and on the knees of the back legs, underscoring the delicate coloring. 

        It takes them two years to fully mature.  Even when fully mature, Singapuras are small cats with little size difference between the males and the females--males weigh 6 to 8 pounds while females weigh 5 to 6 pounds. 

      They have rounded heads whose most noticeable features are the large, brilliantly colored eyes and the dominating large ears set just off the parallel giving the cats a very alert expression. The eye colors can range in color from celadon green, hazel, gold, or copper to offset dark eyeliner markings and facial lines like that of a Cheetah that continues down to its whisker pad and stop before its nose. 

         Their bodies are compact, but powerful, making them into little dynamos as they race to the next adventure on their strong medium-boned long legs. While the boning is medium, the cats are small and medium is a relative term in proportion to overall frame of these little bundles of energy.  

     


References

Dass, Annalisa. (2004). Singapura Cat. Retrieved August 19, 2017. from http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_867_2004-12-23.html

Fogle, B. (1997). The encyclopedia of the cat. (p. 175). London: Dorling Kindersley.
(Call no.: q636.8003 FOG-[ANI]) 

Maggitti, P. (1995). The cat. (pp. 80-81). PLC, Twickenham: Tiger Books International.
(Call no.: 599.74428 RIC)

Kucinta best name for cats. (1990, December 6). The Straits Times, p. 25.

Singapura cat a hit with feline lovers all over the world. (1989, December 31). The Sunday Times, p. 17.

Singapura cat still a pedigree. (1990, October 12). The Straits Times, p. 2.

Storm over Singapura cat. (1990, August 29). The Straits Times, p. 20.

The Cat Fanciers Association, Inc. (1999). Breed standard: Singapura. Retrieved August 21, 2017.

The International Cat Association, Inc. (2004). Breed Standard: Singapura. Retrieved August 21, 2017.



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