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Singapore's cat ban, one-dog
policy bite pet food market
Challenges from governmental regulations and overall lack of access persist
in Singapore's pet market.
ALMA J. BUELVA

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ingapore, the second-smallest country in Southeast
Asia but one of the wealthiest trade-driven economies
in the region, has serious pet issues that make it challenging for the Asian country's pet food market.
Its Housing Development Board (HDB) has an ongoing
ban on cats in all its high-rise buildings, where about 80% of
its 5.9 million citizens, permanent residents and non-residents
live. Dog ownership among HDB residents is
also regulated by the state, and each unit can
only have one small dog. This means only the
20% or so of Singaporeans who live in private
condominiums and apartments, and those who
have land properties or own houses and lots, can
have cats and more than one dog of any breed.

No cats allowed
The ban on cats in HDB flats has been in
place since 1989,and the reason for the
ban is open to much debate.
On its website, the
housing board

states its case against cats for being "generally difficult to
contain within the flat. When allowed to roam indiscriminately, they tend to shed fur and defecate or urinate in public
areas and also make caterwauling sounds, which can inconvenience your neighbors." There's some consolation that the
rule is not being strictly or consistently implemented unless
someone reports an unauthorized cat. Nevertheless, the ban has made it difficult to have an
official count of pet cats in the entire city-state
as many HDB occupants are secretly keeping
the felines in their subsidized apartments.
In 2010, market research firm Euromonitor estimated Singapore's total pet
population at 789,000, of which only 48,000
were believed to be cats. In 2016, it slightly
increased its estimate to 824,600 pets with
51,500 of them cats.
Although the decades-old ban has not yet
turned Singapore into a total cat-less society,
it seems to have directly contributed to the
country's low cat ownership (29%) when
compared to the number of pet dogs (48%)
in Singapore homes. As of 2018, Singapore is
made up of 1.3 million households.
Some see the government cat ban as ironic
for a country known as the Lion City and home to
a special breed of small cat called the Singapura. But
aside from its impact on the feline population and
pet abandonment issues, the ban risks stifling the
growth of the cat food business.

One dog only
One of the most popular dog breeds in
Singapore is the Golden Retriever. Many
also own native dogs. Neither type of dog,
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Contents
Grain-free pet food backlash: the influences and irony
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Raised Right Pets: Human-grade pet food with a purpose
Functional pet food ingredients evolve with market demands
Singapore’s cat ban, one-dog policy bite pet food market
Emerging breakthroughs in pet microbiome research
AAFCO holds annual meeting, Part 1: Pet Food Committee
Coconut meal for dog and cat diets: Is this a good option?
Puppy and kitten formula pet foods deserve a revival
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Contents
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Grain-free pet food backlash: the influences and irony
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - News and Calendar
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Raised Right Pets: Human-grade pet food with a purpose
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Emerging breakthroughs in pet microbiome research
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - AAFCO holds annual meeting, Part 1: Pet Food Committee
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Coconut meal for dog and cat diets: Is this a good option?
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Petfood Industry - October 2019 - Puppy and kitten formula pet foods deserve a revival
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