CODE OF CONDUCT
By Sheelagh Le Cocq
In the last edition we left our Code of Conduct with our litter of kittens. Before they go to their new homes, they have to be registered with one of the cat organizations. There are currently two, The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (G.C.C.F.) and the Cat Association (C.A.).
The G.C.C.F. is the more well known organization and has been running for many years. They are responsible for the majority of shows in Britain, including the Supreme and National Shows. All show cats should be registered with the G.C.C.F. Pets, cats for breeding purposes and cats which can not be shown; either, like Traditional Siamese, because they would do nothing on the show bench, or because they are a new breed not yet recognized by the G.C.C.F. can be registered with the C.A. Anyone who wishes to import or export a cat should register with the C.A., as they are affiliated to F.I.F.E., the Governing Body of the Cat Fancy on the European continent, and the transfer can be done easily.
Please note that although a cat registered with the G.C.C.F. may be shown at a C.A. show, anyone doing so will be disciplined and banned by the G.C.C.F.
You will also need to decide if you want your kittens to go for breeding or as pets only. If you are happy for them to be used for breeding you will need to register them on the active register. If you have doubts, you will need to register them on the non-active register. The kittens can always be transferred from non-active at a later date, when you have come to know the new owner and his/her motives better.
The C.A. will charge L5.00, but with your registration you will receive a computer printed pedigree to hand to the new owner, which will save you the trouble of writing your own pedigree out.
A. If you can ,get an experienced breeder to check and advise you. If that is impossible, you will have to sue your own judgement. If it is wrong, it can be changed later, though this will be extremely difficult. If you are a C.A. member you can take your kittens to a show and have a color assessment carried out by two judges.