Smallest Cat Breeds - Teacup Persian Cats
There are several domesticated cat breeds that be considered small, but Singapura and Teacup Persians have to be the smallest cat breeds available. Both breeds of cats are instantly recognisable by their features and we take a look at both in this article.
Teacup Persian Cats or Miniature Persians
Although not strictly a breed on its own the teacup persian is becoming more common, although it can still be difficult to get hold of them. Teacup Persians are actually bred by inbreeding with another small sized cat breed and this is continued until you get the teacup characteristics. The average sized Persian would normally be at least eleven pounds for a female and up to seventeen pounds for a male, but a teacup Persian will remain below eight pounds.
Many of the smaller breeds of pets are becoming more popular as more people start living in smaller apartments, and breeds such as the Singapura, Munchkin and Teacup Persian are ideal. Some of these smallest cat breeds are actually safer indoors, and in particular the Munchkin, as they are unable to escape danger as easily as their bigger counterparts.
Finding breeders can be difficult, but you will eventually find one by searching the various cat breeding web sites on the internet. You can expect to pay about £300/$475 from a breeder, but always check the following before buying any kitten.
- Has the kitten been given all its inoculations?
- Has it been wormed?
- Have you seen the parents to see how they react to you? This is important as highly strung adults can pass this onto the kittens.
- Has the kitten been litter trained?
The Singapura cat has been a registered breed with the Cat Fanciers’ Association since 1982 and weighs about six pounds for the female and up to 7 lb. for the males, with the male taking much longer to mature. The breed has a very muscular stocky build, large pointed ears and large almond shaped eyes.
The Singapura is similar to Siamese cats in that they have a very big personality. They are very curious about everything going on in ‘their’ home and want to be involved in everything you are doing. If you like a cat that needs and almost demands attention, hates to be left on its own for a long period and adores company of either other cats or people this might be the breed for you.
Singapura can be quite difficult to get hold of but you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £300/$475 from a reputable breeder.
Whichever breed you eventually decide on, you can be sure that their character and personality will fill your home making up for their smaller size.