The Singapura Cat in all of us

To many Singaporeans, the mention of the Singapura Cat probably brings to mind one’s encounters with the community cats of our neighbourhoods. While to others, particularly in the West, it holds the distinguished honour of being a pedigree cat that is recognized as the smallest cat breed according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Our Singapore Community Cats 1

Also known as the Kucinta, a hybrid of two malay words: Kuching (cat) and cinta (love), these cats along with the many other strays in Singapore number close to 80,000 (according to AVA) across the island, and have taken refuge in the many places like void decks and playgrounds that many humans like ourselves once occupied on a regular basis.

The Singapura Cat

Yet one look at the pedigree Singapura Cat, and many will find it hard to imagine ever coming across this breed on our streets in recent time. History however does indicate that it was indeed popular back in the 1960s and 70s, where it had the dubious honour of being known as a “drain cat “, roaming around the kampungs and newly built HDB void decks before it was supposedly brought to Texas, USA in 1974 by Hal and Tommy Meadows and became a pedigree sensation.

In fact, looking at Singapore’s community cats of today reminds me very much of how much we have evolved as a country in such a short time. From perhaps a distinguished ‘pedigree’ that has set features and characteristics, we have grown to become as different and as unique as the many friendly community cats that bring much needed character into our neighbourhoods.

Some cats just like to sleepSingapore Cat at lift landing

Some cats are a little more shyIMG_8176

Some cats are afraid of  humans (probably for the better)Our Singapore Community Cats 4

Some cats like to work as a teamOur Singapore Community Cats 3

Some cats just like to take it easy Our Singapore Community Cats 2

Some cats are just able to make that connection with others IMG_8240

And some cats are proudly watching over you at night Singapore Cat on the Roof

One comment

  1. Yes, the whole story of the “Singapura Cat Breed” seems a little off to me… and a little like self enrichment on the part of the supposed ‘discoverers’.

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