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FAQs About Pet Ownership In Malaysia

Thinking about getting a dog or cat In Malaysia? Pet ownership is a huge responsibility. There are few things you should know before getting a pet in Malaysia.

1.Do I Need To Apply A Licence For My Pet?

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Yes, you must apply a dog licence for your pooch as the law requires you to do so. However, the law does not apply to cats.

Failure to get a dog licence may result in penalties, a fine between RM 100 to RM 250.

Read more: Why And How: Apply Dog Licence In Malaysia

2.Is It Legal To Have Pets In Condos Or Apartments?

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Yes, you are allowed to keep pets in high-rise properties. According to By-Law 14 in the Third Schedule of the Strata Management (Maintenance & Management) Regulations 2015, high-rise residents are allowed to keep pets unless their pets cause annoyance or a nuisance and pose health risks to other residents in the property.

However, you will still need to comply with the laws enforced by the local authorities where they live. And note that only certain breeds are allowed to be kept in condominiums or apartments.

Read more: Are Pets Allowed in Malaysia Condominium/Apartment

3.Is Microchipping Compulsory For Dogs And Cats?

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Unlike Singapore, microchipping is optional in Malaysia. However, it is compulsory to get your pet microchipped if you want to buy pet insurance or reclaim your lost pet from MBPJ.

4.Do I Need To Get Neighbours’ Permission If I Want To Own A Dog?

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It depends on your local council law. For instance, the Batu Gajah District Council (MDBG) in Perak has made it a mandatory rule for pet owners applying for a dog licence to seek their neighbours’ consent first.

5.Can I Keep Banned Or Restricted Dog Breeds As Pets?

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No, you can’t import or keep any banned dog breed as pets. You are allowed to keep restricted dog breeds as pets under certain circumtances only.

Read more: Things Pet Owners Do That Are Illegal In Malaysia

6.Is There Any Limitation On Number Of Pets You Can Own?

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It depends on your local council law. In general, pet owners are allowed to keep 1 to 2 dogs per household.

Check your local government here.

7.Can I Take My Pet To Shopping Malls And Other Public Places?

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In Malaysia, most of the public places are not pet-friendly. Do verify the pet-friendly policy before your visit.

Read more: Pet-Friendly Mall In Malaysia

Read more: Dog-Friendly Parks In Malaysia

8.Are Pets Allowed On Public Transit?

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No, pets are not allowed on public transit. Do consider pet taxi if you don’t own a car.

Read more: List Of Pet Taxi And Pet Transport Services In Malaysia

9.Are There Any Pet-Friendly Restaurants, Cafes, Accommodations And Parks In Malaysia?

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Yes, although Malaysia is not a very pet-friendly country, there’s are still a lot of pet-friendly cafes, restaurants, accommodations and parks out there.

10.Is There Any Pet Insurance In Malaysia?

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Yes, MSIG Malaysia has launched pet insurance for Malaysian pet owners! Good news!

Read more: Pet Insurance In Malaysia