More and more pet owners around the world are taking their beloved four-legged companions on holiday, even for international travel. Malaysia is a good example. We noted in a blog article a while back that Kuala Lumpur is among Asia’s Top 10 pet-friendly vacation destinations. Cats are even more popular than dogs as pets here, and both are welcome to accompany you as you explore the country.
Your kitty – in her carrier, of course – can join you on all types of public transportation such as trains, buses, taxis and ferries. That’s not the case with dogs, though. If your pet is a pooch and you don’t own a car, you may have to rent a minibus for your travels. Some taxi companies will accept dogs in carriers, but you’ll want to double-check that up front.
Good petiquette is universal
Good manners are appreciated everywhere. So whether you’re on holiday or a newly-arrived resident, you and your pet will want to be on your best behavior. The rules in Malaysia are pretty much what you’d expect. When he’s out with you in public, your dog must be on a leash and under your control at all times.
Pets are not allowed in most shops or restaurants. That said, there is a growing number of pet cafes in Kuala Lumpur and elsewhere throughout Malaysia. Some cater to cat-lovers, some cater to dog-lovers, and some offer attractions for both. For example:
- Clawset Café not only has its own resident felines and canines, yours are welcome, too. You can enjoy goodies from the human and pet menus, then take your pooch next door to the salon.
- Thai Salad Café is another place that welcomes both cats and dogs and offers specialized pet menus.
- The CuBs and CuPs pet café invites you and your dog to visit with their resident pooches while enjoying tasty Korean desserts, and it also offers doggie daycare services.
- If you’re a fan of Siberian Huskies, head to the Huskitory Café, where you will find pup-friendly food, treats, and toys along with a population of purebred Huskies available for adoption.
- Or if you’re a history buff, check out the Purr-fect Cat Café, located in Penang’s Georgetown UNESCO heritage site.
It’s easy to check out these and other pet cafes in advance, as you can find them on Facebook and, in many cases, Instagram as well. Note that some of these establishments require dogs (at least males) to wear diapers on premise.
Not everyone is anxious to meet your dog
As adoring pet parents, we can sometimes forget that there are people who do not like dogs. They may be afraid of them, or allergic to them, or simply not animal-oriented. This is true in any country. But if you’re planning a visit (or a move) to Malaysia, it’s important to remember that much of the population is Muslim. According to Islamic scripture, dogs are dirty and dangerous -- something to be avoided. So traditional, conservative Muslims will certainly not welcome an approach from your dog.
There are residential restrictions for dogs
If you’re planning to move to Malaysia with your pet, there are some additional pet rules you’ll need to follow, if you have a dog. In terms of living accommodations, cats are accepted in apartments whereas dogs typically are not. You’ll likely have to rent a house, and your dog will have to remain in your yard unless accompanied by you. The local council or a local veterinarian can advise you about whether dogs are allowed in a particular area.
As is the case in most places, your dog must be licensed. You have just 14 days after you arrive to get that done, so put it on the top of your priority list. Fortunately, licensing your pooch is easy. You can do it at any post office as well as other designated locations. Your pup must be microchipped, and you’ll have to show proof from your vet that the dog’s rabies and other vaccinations are current. Since those things are part of your dog’s import documentation, you’ll already have them in hand.
There is a small fee for the dog license, and you’ll get a registration tag your pup must wear on his collar at all times when not inside your home. (That’s not a mere suggestion, the law states that any dog caught out-of-doors without its collar and registration tag may be destroyed.)
Whether you’re moving to Malaysia or planning a holiday adventure, you and your pet will find plenty to explore. Just be sure to allot time to visit at least one pet café along the way.