Living with Pets in Singapore: A Comprehensive Guide for Pet Owners
Welcome to the finale of our Singapore Pet Travel Spotlight series. After successfully relocating your pet to Singapore and completing quarantine requirements, it's time to focus on settling in and enjoying life with your furry companion in one of the most pet-friendly cities in the world.
From dog parks and cat cafes to veterinary services and outdoor activities, Singapore offers abundant resources for pet owners. Let's explore some of the best ways to thrive with your pets in this vibrant city-state!
Veterinary Services in Singapore
Finding a trusted veterinarian is essential for your pet's well-being. Here are some clinics to consider in Singapore:
- AAVC - Animal & Avian Veterinary Clinic
- Allpets & Aqualife Clinic
- The Animal Clinic Katong Branch (East)
- The Animal Doctors Pte. Ltd.
- The Joyous Vet
- Namly Animal Clinic
- Pets Avenue
Kennel and Boarding Options
It's also always a good idea to have a boarding facility in mind where you feel comfortable leaving your pet. Here are several that come recommended to us.
- Furryland Cage Free Cat Resort
- Kev Posh Pet Services
- Mitchville K-9 Kennels
- The Pet Hotel
- Ricted Kennels
Pet Food and Supplies
Buying food online may be your best bet. Here are a few retailers to check out, especially if you're looking for specialty, raw, or freeze-dried food.
Dog and Cat Cafes in Singapore
Singapore has many pet "cafes" -- establishments that not only tolerate the presence of dogs and cats but even welcome them. Here are a few places that, in addition to offering menu items for people, host dog meet-ups and have pet-friendly hang-out areas and treats. (Offerings and hours vary so check each website before you go.)
- Open Farm Community
- The Green Door
- Happenstance Cafe
- Sun Ray Cafe
- Ah B Cafe
- The Company of Cats
- Neko No Niwa
Dog Friendly Parks (Off-Leash):
Dog-centric Singapore has plenty of dog runs and fenced areas for canines to socialize and exercise.
- Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
- Katong Park
- West Coast Park
- Sunny Heights Swim Park (this one isn't free, but it looks like lots of fun!)
Dog Friendly Parks (On-Leash):
Singapore's parks allow city dwellers to escape to nature for picnics, swimming, sports, and more. These treasured scenic getaways are pet friendly as long as dogs are kept on a leash.
More Dog Friendly Open Spaces
Many outdoor areas are popular with runners, walkers and general outdoor explorers. While not specifically created for dog recreation, they are dog friendly as long as you follow the rules (keep pets on a leash, clean up after yourselves, etc.).
Advice for Living With Dogs and Cats in Singapore
Here are a few tips and anecdotes we've received from our agents and former clients living in Singapore:
"Tick and Flea treatment is highly recommended as ticks are highly prevalent in our climate!"
"As many Muslims live in Singapore, pets are not allowed to roam freely in most shopping malls and cafes, and taxis may not readily accept 4-legged passengers, so always best to call the drivers to check beforehand or book a pet taxi."
"(Our dog) has found a new love for aircon just like we have and has a short new hairdo to match the weather. As long as we keep him on short walks and his water bowl filled, he's a happy dog."
"We live right on the river, so (our dog) loves his daily walks and trips around town and to the dog parks."
"Gabo has adapted very well to his new place. He is taking long walks around one of Asia's most beautiful and exciting places!"
Finally, met a few pets who have traveled to Singapore and shared their experiences.
Do you have any great Singapore tips for pet owners? Feel free to share them in the comments or on our Facebook page!
This is the fifth installment of our Singapore Pet Travel Spotlight. Read the rest of the series here and contact us to meet with a Pet Relocation Consultant if you're ready to start planning your pet's move to Singapore.
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