Singapura Cat’s Personality
Don’t let that wide-eyed innocent look fool you – these spunky felines are pesky people pleasers with a talent for tomfoolery. Singapuras love to be the center of attention and are not above getting into adorable mischief to get it. They remain active and playful well into old age. Puras are not quite as active as Abyssinians, but are plenty energetic nevertheless. They’re curious and almost too intelligent when it comes to figuring out where the cat treats are kept or how to scale the tallest cupboard. Those agile paws are adept at prying into forbidden places.
If you take the time to build a strong relationship with a Pura, you’ll have a devoted, trusting companion for life. Singapuras tend to bond with one or several family members, but they love most people; they don’t seem to understand the word “stranger.” Instead of hiding under the bed, they want to be there with you to welcome anyone who comes to the door. They are not talkers, however; their voices are quiet and unobtrusive even when something is terribly wrong, like empty food dishes.
Grooming a Singapura
The Singapura requires little grooming. The coat is short and lies close to the body, so a twice monthly brushing and nail clipping is usually enough. Fanciers say Singapuras don’t shed as heavily as some breeds.
The gene pool of this rare breed is still quite small and no outcrosses are allowed in most associations. Some fanciers say more Singapore imports are needed to keep the breed healthy and strong. Additional Singapore stock has been imported, but the offspring of such cats must have a four-generation pedigree showing only Singapura ancestors to be registered in most associations. Be sure to get a written health guarantee.