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What is a pedigree?
The pedigree is the cat's identity card = birth certificate. There is no purebred cat without pedigree. If someone offers you a purebred cat without pedigree, it means that it is not a purebred cat! Pedigree is a certificate of cat's origin, it documents many years of international cooperation in improving a given breed.
What is the difference than between cat with and without pedigree?
By buying a cat from a cattery operating under the auspices of an international phenological organisation, you can be sure that you are buying a purebred kitten with a full vaccination and deworming package and with guaranteeing the health of feline parents, as they are tested for diseases such as FIV and FELV, PKD and HCM. Female cat in legal cattery can give no more than 3 litters in 2 years and no more than 5 during her breeding career. Each additional litter is associated with financial sanctions imposed on the breeder in the form of much more expensive "penalty pedigrees" of kittens and even refusal to register kittens. The legal breeder must follow the rules and regulations imposed by the club organisation around the world, which in turn are designed to monitor catteries, and stand on guard to prevent animal rights being violated. The priority for a legally operating breeder is quality not the number of raised litters.
That is why the breeder always cares about:
Constant deepening of knowledge about the breed, knowledge of the basics of genetics and inheritance of traits in cats, as well as the ability to use this knowledge in practice.
Care for the purchase of suitable cats for breeding
Caring for checking breeding quality of their cats by participating in exhibitions and shows.
Care for thoughtful mating of cats, so as to obtain the desired build, colour and temperament.
Care for the best sanitary conditions for cattery.
Ensuring the best quality food.
Providing adequate veterinary care.
Care for the socialisation of cats and kittens at the highest level.
Buying a cat from a breeder who sells them as a specific breed of cats and does not offer a pedigree confirming this or a pedigree that does not belong to the internships recognised by WCC (World Cat Congress) does not confirm that the cat is purebred.
Usually these are people who are focused on earning and maximum reduction in the cost of farming. The effect is cats deprived of vaccination, deworming, and veterinary control. These cats often fail in new homes, being sick, unable to exist in harmony with people, which leads to their behavioural problems and not when they end up on the street.
Breeders of such cats are often not members of any organisations and clubs, are not subject to any rules and controls, as well as compliance with the standards of point for a given breed. Those actions in effect ruins the breed, cause more lookalike cats, and destroys hard work of Genuine breeders Worldwide. These are often anonymous people who cannot be contacted in case of problems with the purchased cat. Females cats has numbers of litters, which leads to over bred and the moment she cannot have more due health issues is eliminated from cattery. Vet care is such place is very low or none existing as its unnecessary cost in running cattery. Kittens often going to new homes way to early, most likely without or with not completed vaccinations, which setting them for very bad start.
Question that need to be answered by future Owner is: Do I want to take part in this? and answer should be always NO!
So... How to fight with breeders of none pedigree cats?
Just like all genuine breeders we are against breeding none pedigree cats. We actively taking part in spreading articles and knowledge helping unmasking all the fake breeders claiming they breed pedigree cats. We doing it by educating future Owners on what to pay attention to, what questions to ask and what to avoid.
The most effective and powerful tool breeders of pedigree cats use against breeders of none pedigree cats is preventing them access to pedigree cats.
It is possible by following below steps:
Kittens without breeding rights ( Pet Only) are going to new homes after early neutering/ spaying procedure.
Kittens with breeding rights are sold only to reputable, known, small breeders who understands how important what we doing is for integrity and future of all breed.
Thanks to following above we are preventing pedigree cats being used in breeding with none pedigree cats and ruining worldwide effort and work on this magnificent breed of cats. Solidarity attitude of breeders and awareness of future owners in the subject, effectively will make breeding none pedigree cats less profitable and most important will stop animal to suffer.
What to ask about breeder, when you planning to buy kitten of him?
There is few questions you can ask which can tell you straight away if you dealing with genuine or back yard breeder. It takes only one wrong answer to start questioning reliability of the breeder. Please always ask below:
What Organisation breeder is registered in? and is this organisation belongs to WCC (World Cat Congress)? if not walk away!
Ask for Breeder Certificate proving he belongs to mentioned organisation (you can always ring them and ask if this is true)
Ask if you can see kitten before buying (the answer always should be yes)
On the kitten viewing ask to see parents ( mother should always be able to be seen in breeder home, stud might be not present)
Ask what age kitten will be ready to go to new home (anything below 12 weeks would prove kitten has no full vaccinations, deworming and health checks) always walk away!
Ask what are the terms and rules for buying kitten as a pet and for breeding
Ask if kitten will be secured with contract, purchase-sale agreements. If not always walk away (no respectful breeder would ever sell kitten without the agreement)
Do breeder is attending with his cats on shows? (if no i we would question his approach, shows are necessary to get an idea if bred cats have right standard for the breed)
Ask who are parents of litter, where they are registered, who bred them etc.
Ask if you can see pedigree of kitten or at least parents.( if not walk away!)
Ask if cattery is free from FIV and FELV and when last time tests been performed?
Make sure, kittens will get: registration card, pedigree tree, insurance plan, will go with full vaccinations, deworming and sample of food he/ she is accustomed to. (registration card is absolutely essential if cannot be provided please walk away!)
We are sure above can help you to avoid being scammed by backyard breeders and help you find genuine breeder who cares on how he/ she breeds.
Purebred catteries belongs to clubs that operate under the patrons of associations.
There is one world organisation that brings together all feline associations. There is one world organisation that unites all feline associations, operating in accordance with the law and maintaining standards. This is WCC (World Cat Congress)
Members of WCC:
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy - United Kingdom: GCCF
The International Cat Association: TICA
Federation Internationale Feline: FIFe
Cat Fanciers' Association: CFA
World Cat Federation: WCF
Australian Cat Federation: ACF
Co-ordinating Cat Council of Australia: CCCof A
New Zealand Cat Fancy: NZCF
Southern African Cat Council: SACC
There is hundreds of Cat Clubs around the World that belongs or act under above organisations, below there is link to all GCCF cat clubs:
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