SINGAPORE: Good news for feline lovers in Chong Pang.
From 20 October, residents in the area’s 123 blocks can own one cat per flat under the "Love Cats" programme.
The programme was launched on Saturday by the area’s MP, Mr K Shanmugam, who is also the Law and Foreign Affairs Minister.
Chong Pang residents who currently have a cat and wish to keep it must register with the Cat Welfare Society by January next year.
The programme is part of a two—year pilot on cat ownership organised by the Cat Welfare Society.
The move is supported by the Ministry of National Development, Housing and Development Board, Agri—food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, Chong Pang Citizens’ Consultative Committee and Sembawang—Nee Soon Town Council.
The project aims to define what it means to be a responsible cat owner in an HDB estate.
Some conditions include micro—chipping the cat, keeping the cats indoors and cat—proofing the house by using meshing on windows and doors.
The felines must also be toilet trained, sterilised and registered with the Cat Welfare Society.
Mr Shanmugam said: "We need to be very careful and very sensitive to the wishes and feelings of those who have very little to do with animals, or who don’t understand animals. Let us work together. And I hope that at the end of two years, the project will be successful so that it can be a model that can be replicated."
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