Wanted: Insurance for pets

Wanted: Insurance for pets
Siblings Adam Azali with Suhailah Zanal (both right) borrowed money from father Zanal Saleh (far left) to pay the medical bills of their cat, Baby Laddoo.

SINGAPORE - Mr Adam Azali has been on the lookout for pet insurance since his year-old cat Baby Laddoo broke its leg in September.

Baby Laddoo had to have surgery and was hospitalised for five days which led to a $3,200 bill.

Mr Adam, 30, a singer and dancer, and his sister, administration officer Suhailah Zanal, 22, borrowed money from their father, 65-year-old teacher Zanal Saleh, to make the payment.

Mr Adam says: "Having a cat is like having a child. Baby Laddoo is part of the family and should have insurance as well. You never know what will happen.

But his search has come to a dead end. According to the Cat Welfare Society, there is no insurance policy here that covers veterinary bills for cats.

So Mr Adam plans to put aside some savings for his cat's future medical expenses.

Pet insurance gained popularity in Britain in the 1990s but it has not caught on here, say veterinarians and animal welfare groups.

Dr Adoncia Thian, 36, director of Landon Veterinary Specialists, says: "Singapore can definitely follow Britain's lead. Policies here pay out for the death of a pet, lost pets and in the event your pet injures another person or damages property.

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