Smallest Cat Breeds – the Singapura and Teacup Persians

Domesticated cats come in an amazing number of breeds ranging from the largest, the Maine Coon weighing in at roughly 15 to 25 pounds to the smallest at well under 8. In this article we take a look at two of the smallest cat breeds and learn a little about them.

The Singapura Cat

The Singapura originated from Singapore and from the Burmese and Siamese cat, but was first recognised as a breed in 1982 in the US. Six years later the breed was imported into the UK and has continued to grow in popularity since then.

The Singapura is a fairly stocky, muscular cat, with almond shaped eyes and semi-pointed ears. The female weighs up to about 6 pounds in weight and the male slightly heavier at 7 pounds.

The breed is similar in nature to its distant cousin, the Siamese, and loves human company and attention. The Singapura will want to know everything that’s going on in its home and has an incredible amount of curiosity, which sometimes can be dangerous. This breed is an ideal companion to somebody who is home a lot as the cat craves company both from other cats and the humans that he ‘owns’. They are highly intelligent and like to occupy themselves playing which they continue into old age.

Although the Singapura has become a lot more popular over recent years, it can still be difficult finding them. The best place to find kittens is on the various pet web sites that have sprung up over recent years, but be prepared to have to travel a fair distance. Kittens generally fetch about £300/$475 from breeders, but as always there are a few things to look out for when buying:-

  • Has the cat been wormed?
  • Have all the inoculations been given to your new kitten?
  • Try to see the parents and see what kind of personality they have. This is often reflected in how your new kitten will behave
  • Has the kitten been litter-trained?

Teacup Persians

Teacup Persians are surrounded by controversy as to whether they are actually a breed, and whether it’s actually healthy breeding cats of this type.

To cat owners who have a Teacup Persian, they make adorable pets with the loving personalities. The female weighs in at 5-6 lbs and the male about 5-7 lbs making them one of the smallest cats.

Anybody thinking of buying a Teacup Persian should remember that there is no way of guaranteeing that the kitten they buy will remain small in adulthood. If it’s important that your kitten grows into a smaller adult, buyers should only use breeders where they have a track record of breeding small Persians. Do check to make sure that the kittens have been inoculated and do ask to see their parents.

Small pet breeds are becoming increasingly popular, especially the smallest cat breeds. With a little research on the internet, it should be possible to find the perfect cat to share the next fifteen years or so with.

Musical Cats Too Obtuse for General Audience, Let Alone Children

The musical CATS had the longest running history on Broadway thanks in large part to its marketing scam. The musical was directed to families, most specifically children, due to the fact that it entailed a whole bunch of adults dressed up in strange fur costumes, whiskers, and wild make-up, all to appear like life-like gutter cats. Despite this seemingly child-friendly ploy, the musical itself is abstract, vague, and wildly obtuse.

For adults to make sense of it they must have a knowledge of abstract art, T.S. Elliott poetry, British royalty, theatrical allusions, and, most difficult of all, the use of religious symbolism in popular work. All of these elements add up to a strange and difficult theatrical experience not recommended for the general audience.

Musical CATS’ Plot is Loose and Vague

One of the most difficult elements of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical CATS is its bizarre, strange plot revolving around the death of one of these cats. The whole idea is that all the cats have so many lives that they are never capable of entering heaven (here called the “heavy-side layer”) so that they must prove their worth for death.

Not only is this concept somewhat disturbing, but it also recalls ideas of cultism and strange cult leaders brainwashing their kin into being “chosen” for death (here the cult leader is the old, apparently wise Deuteronomy). What really seems to be the message has something to do with Andrew Lloyd Weber’s deep-seated Christian philosophies as seen in his other musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar. Either way, the concept itself is too difficult for a family just looking to hear some good songs and watch some adults meow.

Memory Alone Does Not Make the Musical Worthwhile

Of course the most famous element of the musical CAT is the over-played, yet admittedly beautiful song Memory. Popular as all get out in the 1980s, Memory is a gorgeous song sung by an old Glamour-Puss whose days as a happy, beautiful cat have vanished with age. The song itself is a call for death for Grizzabella, the cat. As beautiful as the song is, though, the concept is entirely inappropriate for children. Here is an old woman, who’s beaten and worn down by the harshness of life, singing about her old happiness, in the hopes that some cult leader will let her die. And people think Rent is too adult.

Despite its intense popularity throughout time (CATS…Forever), the musical CATS is a very adult, difficult theater experience recommended for only the most finicky, astute scholars of drama. For the general audience, though, especially children, a night out at Cats may leave you scratching your paws to your head in exhausted confusion.

Does a Cat Purr Only When It’s Content?: A Number of Situations Call for a Purr

At just two days of age, cats begin a lifetime of purring. Each cat has its own voice that distinguishes it from others.

The Sound Differs According to the Individual

Many cats, wild and domestic, use a vocalization that can be described as a purr. It can range from virtually silent, to crackling, to low and deep-throated, to high and strident. The average housecat begins to purr at the tender age of 48 hours.

The Purpose of the Purr

It’s often thought to be a sign of contentment brought about when a cat is stroked, petted, fed, or stimulated through play or socialization.

Mother cats purr, possibly as a means of communication, when feeding or washing their kittens, and their kittens purr in response. Cats may also purr to communicate with their human caregivers.

They also do it on occasions when they’re feeling stressed, such as visiting the veterinarian, giving birth, experiencing physical pain, or feeling uneasy. It’s possible that cats defer to the purr during times of stress in the same way humans “go to a happy place” when the dentist’s drill approaches an aching tooth. Or it could be a gesture of submission, as in, “Don’t hurt me. I’m not a threat to you.”

The Mechanics of the Purr

The origins of the sound are still under debate. Many believe it’s produced through reflex motions of the laryngeal and diaphragm muscles. Others contend it’s caused by quick twitching of the larynx muscles which result in vibration. Or it could be, as suggested by Neil Pederson, DVM, author of “Animal Husbandry,” initiated “within the central nervous system and is purely voluntary in nature.”

Some Purr Switches are Kept in the “On” Position

Zoo employees note that big cats such as tigers and lions often purr by default. In other words, they purr constantly while resting, regardless of their mood or situation. If one animal senses a distraction, however, such as an unidentified sound or the arrival of an interloper, he or she will cease to purr. The other group members notice the sudden absence of one purr and, in turn, stop long enough to decide if the distraction requires their attention. When the all-clear is given, each animal returns to purr mode.

A Choir of Unique Sounds

Some cats purr with such enthusiasm that their bodies vibrate. Others are almost inaudible, witnessed only by a rapid pulse in their throats. Some rumble like a truck engine. Others emit raspy, reedy, or shrill tones that must surely challenge a cat’s sensitive hearing. Alto, soprano, bass – more than one cat purring at any given time can sound like a very unlikely choir.

Purring may Provide Healing Qualities

The sound frequency is between 25-150Hz which is an interesting range because some medical studies have shown it’s capable of enhancing bone density and promote healing. It is thought to be similar to TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator) used for pain relief in humans.

According to some studies, the healing power of the purr may be the reason cats are able to withstand more physical calamities than humans or other animals.

Natural healing qualities available only to purring felines? It’s possible!

Do pets like Music

We always assume that our pets, especially our pet dogs, love all the things that we love. When it comes to food, going out, meeting some people and playing and making merry, our pet shares the same interests with their owner/keeper friend. But when it comes to their taste in music, human music is far from anything they like. If you are a hardcore metallica fan and play the music at home hoping your furry best friend will enjoy it along with you, then you are sadly mistaken. Dogs, in fact, regard human music as unlikeable and garish noise.

Our pets have a very varied vocal range and heart rate than that of humans and helps in determining the kind of music that they really enjoy. Anything that the humans enjoy categorically as music is nothing more than irritating grating noises to our beloved pets. When it comes to other pets like monkeys and cats, they are known to enjoy a specific kind of music that the scientists tried and play for them. For instance, cats responded well to sounds that were in the high pitch range like the chirping of the birds. Such sounds are not considered music per say by people but to a cat, it has a rather therapeutic effect, something that only music can guarantee. It’s worth checking out to see if your cat stops clawing your carpet.

Dogs on the other hand are very difficult to be composed for. It is very difficult to determine what kind of music or sounds would be regarded as music by them. However, some researchers have found substantial proof that dogs enjoy classical English music more than anything else. Pet owners have observed that though pet behaviour in relation to different musical genres are different, they have been known to be calmer when classical music is playing and are super agitated when they listen to heavy metal. Maybe they mirror their owner’s behavioural patterns or exhibit their own, that is a mystery in itself.

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