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Post by beanboy » Sun, 28 Nov 2004 10:56 pm

We are moving to Sing next Feb and are undecided whether we should bring our 11 year old cat. He is very much a house cat but we are afraid the 13 hour flight might be too much. Also we don't know whether the cattery's are any good in Singapore.
Should he stay or should he go!?

expat

Re: animals

Post by expat » Thu, 09 Dec 2004 1:00 pm

Once you check with your moving company you will find that moving a cat here is very expensive due to the moving costs and quarantine. The catteries here are okay.

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Post by kayhec » Thu, 09 Dec 2004 3:31 pm

Hi

I had asked the questions when I first moved here few years back.

Quarantine is expensive, around $30 a day, it is in Jurong in the middle of nowhere and there are visiting hours.

My cat was still young when I moved here (3 years) but in the end I decided to leave him with my parents, as I thought that 13hrs on a plane (from Europe) followed by a month in a cage would be very hard for him. After that also knew I would be working long hours so not much fun.

However I only left him behind cause my parents could take him over and I knew he would be fine. loved and cared for. Actually he now enjoys a garden, so he may have had a good deal in the end.

Also since 4 years here, I have now taken home 3 stray kittens (so many in Singapore), so if you decide to leave your kitty back home (provided you have a nice option for him) you could consider offering a home to one of the many abandonned cats here. Off course you would then have to worry about taking it/them back with you when you leave Singapore.

By the way, if when you get here with your cat, you happen to be travelling and need cat-sitting, let me know, as I offer this service to friends.... [email protected] if you want to discuss more about pro and con of bringing kitty here.

Maxine

Re: animals

Post by Maxine » Fri, 10 Dec 2004 4:05 pm

beanboy wrote:We are moving to Sing next Feb and are undecided whether we should bring our 11 year old cat. He is very much a house cat but we are afraid the 13 hour flight might be too much. Also we don't know whether the cattery's are any good in Singapore.
Should he stay or should he go!?
You may want to check out the AVA site and the excerpt below. Its actually about S$15.00 per day if your cat is in an unair-conditioned room. If its an air-conditioned room, its more. (is your country in the list below? Then he wont need to be quarantined i guess)

Talk to your vet about your cat travelling... if he can take a mild tranquiliser, he'll be ok.

As the other poster says, IF he has someone good to take care of him back at your homeland, then let him be there (if you can bear being away from him). Otherwise, just make sure where you live has space, you know, think about where you are going to live, in a building? can he handle heights if u r going to be on a high floor? If u are on landed property, then will u let him hang out at the garden etc? (not advisable to let him out for a while, he needs to get used to the new home first and let his scent be around for a bit before u let him go walkabout.

Please do read up on cats, travel, etc on the many websites available.
Good luck!

http://www.ava.gov.sg/JAVASCRIPT/m3-intro.html

Jurong Animal Quarantine Station(JAQS)

The JAQS provides quarantine for imported animals (dogs, cats and horses). This is to ensure that exotic diseases, such as rabies and Hendra virus infection are not introduced into Singapore.

Pet dogs and cats, exported from countries other than Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland, will be vaccinated against rabies and subsequently quarantined for at least 30 days at JAQS. The quarantine reservation should be made by completing the quarantine reservation form at the same time you apply for the Import Permit.

Horses imported into Singapore are subjected to 14 days of quarantine. Besides quarantine at JAQS, AVA has approved the Singapore Equine Quarantine Station (SEQS) as another designated quarantine station for imported horses.

Nicola

Dogs and Cats

Post by Nicola » Fri, 10 Dec 2004 11:30 pm

We are looking at moving to Singapore and have dogs, cats and tortoises. Can anyone tell me what life is like for cats and dogs in Singapore ? Can't leave them behind with family as we are currently in Middle East. Can I walk my dogs on the streets ? Are they accepted out there ? Am asking this as here dogs are seen as unclean and not allowed on beaches, in parks etc. I always clean up after them when we are out - and keep them on the lead in town, but there is lots of desert where I can take them out to run. Is there anywhere I could take them to let them off the lead for a good run over there ?

Any info/advise gratefully received.

Regards
Nicola

Maxine

Re: Dogs and Cats

Post by Maxine » Sun, 12 Dec 2004 11:55 am

Nicola wrote:We are looking at moving to Singapore and have dogs, cats and tortoises. Can anyone tell me what life is like for cats and dogs in Singapore ? Can't leave them behind with family as we are currently in Middle East. Can I walk my dogs on the streets ? Are they accepted out there ? Am asking this as here dogs are seen as unclean and not allowed on beaches, in parks etc. I always clean up after them when we are out - and keep them on the lead in town, but there is lots of desert where I can take them out to run. Is there anywhere I could take them to let them off the lead for a good run over there ?

Any info/advise gratefully received.

Regards
Nicola
Yes, there are parks where u can take them for runs (off leash IF they are not fierce, chase and/or bite people) Best to have them on leash for a few times first till u get familiar with the place. Good that u pick up their pooh, very few singaporeans here do (er before u all start protesting, I am asian so this isnt a racist thing!) As long as you show the good example and pick up their pooh, and the do the right thing with them, its cool. Yes, they can run on the beach and u can take them for walks but NOT on buses, rarely in a cab, unless in a cage. Cant take them into supermarts and its not like in uk /.us where u can leave them outside to sit and then come out and pick them up... . Maybe certain areas where there are lots of expats with animals, might be some shops which dont mind u leaving the dog outside, but dont think many open to it.


Please do a search on this site for "animals", "dog/s", cats etc and u will see several other threads in relation to having animals here. its not as bad as Midd east.
Good luck

Nicola

more . .

Post by Nicola » Tue, 14 Dec 2004 9:05 pm

Thanks for the info - the dogs will have a ball running around on grass instead of sand !

Another question in the animal line - but wild ones this time ! Do yo usee many nasty things (ie. snakes) in gardens etc ? We very rarely see them here thank goodness, but as a true snake-o-phobe this worries me !

Thanks for any info
Nicola

maxine

Re: more . .

Post by maxine » Wed, 15 Dec 2004 1:06 pm

Nicola wrote:Thanks for the info - the dogs will have a ball running around on grass instead of sand !

Another question in the animal line - but wild ones this time ! Do yo usee many nasty things (ie. snakes) in gardens etc ? We very rarely see them here thank goodness, but as a true snake-o-phobe this worries me !

Thanks for any info
Nicola
depends where u live. have u found a place to live and can u say what road its on, then i could give u an idea

guestUK

Cats from UK

Post by guestUK » Mon, 10 Jan 2005 12:09 am

I have read that animals imported from UK do not need to undergo quarantine. So do they still need the relevant import documents and pay the S$365 import duties too??

Thanks,

Guest

Post by Guest » Wed, 12 Jan 2005 9:21 pm

to take your cat in the passenger cabine during the flight might be a better choice than cargo transport - exspecially if it is an old cat , some airlines offer this possibility for animals

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