Many of us can’t imagine life without our furry friends – but if you’re living in an HDB flat, and not private property, you might just be illegally housing your pet without realising it. How many dogs can you keep in HDB flats? Are cats allowed? Can you keep pets in rental units? In this article, we tell you all you need to know about keeping pets in HDB flats!
Keeping dogs in an HDB flat
Dog lovers, take note: you’re strictly limited to keep only one dog in your HDB flat; on top of that, your dog has to be of an acceptable breed or cross-breed.
If it’s a cross-breed, your dog should be 50 cm or less at the shoulders, and weigh 15 kg or less. In addition to this, once your dog is 3 months or older, you’ll have to bring it to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to get it licensed. Breaching any of the these regulations can get you fined up to $4,000 – yikes!
Dog breeds approved by HDB
|Affenpinscher||Australian Silky Terrier||Australian Terrier|
|Bichon Frise||Bohemian Terrier||Bolognese|
|Brussels Griffon (Griffon Bruxaellois)||Bichon Havanese||Border Terrier|
|Cairn Terrier||Cavalier King Charles Spaniel|
|Chihuahua||Chinese Crested Dog||Chinese Imperial Chin|
|Chinese Temple Dog (Classic and Miniature)||Coton de tulear||Czech Terrier|
|Dachshund (Light and Miniature)||Dandie Dinmont Terrier||English Toy Spaniel|
|Griffon Belge||German Hunting Terrier||Griffon Brabancon|
|Hairless Dog||Italian Greyhound||Jack Russell Terrier|
|Japanese Spaniel (Chin)||Japanese Spitz||Lhasa Apso|
|Little Lion Dog||Lakeland Terrier||Maltese|
|Manchester Terrier||Miniature Pinscher||Miniature Schnauzer|
|Norfolk Terrier||Norwich Terrier||Papillon|
|Scottish Terrier||Sealyham Terrier||Shetland Sheep dog|
|Shih Tzu||Silky Terrier||Small Continental Spaniel|
|Small English Terrier||Small Spitz||Smooth Fox Terrier|
|Toy Fox Terrier||Toy Terrier||Tibetan Spaniel|
|Volpino Italiano||West Highland Terrier||Wire-Haired Fox Terrier|
|Welsh Terrier||Yorkshire Terrier|
Keeping cats in HDB flats
Cats, as a general rule of thumb, are not allowed in HDB flats. According to HDB, the rationale behind this is because cats are “generally difficult to contain within the flat”; HDB also notes that when allowed to roam indiscriminately, cats tend to inconvenience neighbours by “shedding fur, defecating or urinating in public areas, and making caterwauling sounds”.
That having been said, there is an exception to the rule – residents of certain HDB blocks in Chong Pang, Yishun, have been allowed to keep cats since October 2012. This ruling falls under a pilot scheme called Love Cats, which is managed by Cat Welfare Society with the support of government agencies like HDB and the Ministry of National Development.
Amongst those who are backing the scheme are Law Minister K. Shanmugam, as well as MP for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng. MP Ng, who’s also the founder of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres), has stated that he intends to bring the issue of nationalising the Love Cats scheme up to the Parliament soon.
A final word on cats in HDB flats: it’s worthy to note that whilst legislation bans cats from HDB flats, HDB generally tends to let sleeping ‘cats’ lie (pun intended), unless they receive a serious complaint.
Keeping other pets in HDB flats
Want to keep other pets in your HDB flat? Your options include small animals such as fish, hamsters, rabbits and birds, which do not inconvenience neighbours or the environment.