We see plenty of Ragdolls, Persians, British Shorthairs and Maine Coons in Singapore. However, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) recognises 41 breeds in total, out of which, there are quite a few of them that are rarely seen here in Singapore. Here are 5 rarely seen cat breeds in Singapore.
This visually stunning and mesmerizing cat is the Sphynx. Highly recognisable due to its lack of fur, the Sphynx is a rare sight in Singapore. While some are entirely hairless, most Sphynx have a little amount of short fur on their eyes, noses, and paws. Extra care is required to ensure that the cats are warm enough as they do not have fur. In air conditioned places, it is best to let them wear something over their bodies. Their skin has a buttery feel to it and they have to be bathed every couple of days to prevent their skin from getting too oily. Full of energy, the Sphynx will entertain their humans with his silly antics. Once tired, he will be more than happy to curl up next to his favourite human for some cuddles and nap time.
2. CORNISH REX
With a curly short coat, high cheekbones, large ears and egg shaped heads, the Cornish Rex is a sight to behold. Looking very elegant and poise, the Cornish Rex is anything but. They are sturdy, playful cats who is known to play a game of fetch with their owners. Their long, well muscled hind legs allow them to sprint very quickly and jump very high. Their high levels of energy makes them perfect pets for owners looking for an active cat. Due to the short, curly coat, many people believe that the Cornish Rex is hypoallergenic and does not shed. This is however not true. The Cornish Rex does shed, but minimally, and will do well with people with allergies.
The Oriental has a sleek body shape and has long slender legs which makes it an elegant companion to have. The big almond eyes, large ears and high cheekbones gives it a beauty that is hard to forget once you have met an Oriental. They are intelligent cats with great curiosity and desire to explore everything. Very people oriented, Orientals thrive on love and affection given by their humans. They love nothing more than to be part of their human’s life and will follow their humans around the house. They are loyal and will be a perfect companion for someone looking to forge a strong bond with their cats.
4. SELKIRK REX
The Selkirk Rex is a large, heavy boned cat with a very endearing curly coat. The Selkirk Rex come in two coat lengths: long and short. However, not all Selkirk Rex display the curly coats. The curly coat gene is dominant, so there are both curly and straight coats in a litter. The Selkirk Rex is a healthy and sturdy cat, incredibly patient and loving with humans. They are people cats and are highly recommended for first time owners. The coat of the Selkirk Rex has to be brushed every other day to avoid matting and bathed every other week as the coat becomes oily quickly. They come in every color and pattern possible. A well maintained Selkirk Rex is an impressive sight to behold!
5. DEVON REX
The small face, unusually large ears, big eyes and incredibly long necks of the Devon Rex gives it a rather elfish appearance. A small to medium breed, the Devon Rex is full of energy and highly intelligent. They have boundless of energy and are delightfully silly in their antics. The Devon Rex is incredibly close to people and will gladly spend all their time with their humans. They do not do well alone for long hours as they are highly sociable. If their humans cannot provide the companionship, a dog or another cat will be good. The Devon Rex remains kitten like for their entire lives and will quickly endear themselves to their humans.