Code of Ethics for GCCFSA

Devon Rex cat

GCCFSA Registered Breeders, as a condition of being granted a cattery prefix must sign a declaration that they will abide by the Code of Ethics for Breeders/Owners. Where relevant, the Code also applies to owners. Infringements of the Code may be dealt with in accordance with the disciplinary powers of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of South Australia Inc.


From 1 July 2018, anyone in South Australia who wishes to breed dogs or cats for sale or trade must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board. This isn’t limited to pedigree breeds, and includes people whose dogs or cats have accidental litters. If you breed and you sell, you must register. 

Registration for GCCFSA Registered Breeders will be through GCCFSA. When you register as a breeder, you’ll be issued a Breeder Registration Number (BRN). Your BRN must be listed in any advertisements you post, when selling a dog or cat. This number lets potential buyers know you are registered and entitled to breed and sell dogs or cats. It also enables purchasers to contact you, if any issues arise with the pet, after sale.

GCCFSA will provide more details as this program comes online.

  1. Breeders breed with the intention of improving the standard of their chosen breed, and not for commercial purposes.
  2. All litters of GCCFSA registered breeders MUST be registered with GCCFSA. All individual kittens should be registered with GCCFSA.
  3. Not knowingly sell or transfer from their care, any cat/kitten to commercial wholesalers, retail pet dealers, or directly or indirectly allow a cat/kitten to be given as a prize or donation in a contest of any kind.
  4. The cat/kitten shall be in the best possible condition and health before it goes to a new home.
  5. Cats and kittens should be handled sufficiently to be well socialised.
  6. No kitten should be sold at less than twelve (12) weeks of age.
  7. As far as possible it should be free from internal and external parasites.
  8. The cat/kitten should be immunised against Feline Infectious Enteritis and Feline Respiratory Diseases – the final effective Feline Infectious Enteritis injection for a kitten being given at not less than twelve (12) weeks of age.
  9. All breeding cats shall be tested for known heritable diseases.
  10. Transfer of a cat/kitten must be effected within three (3) months of gift or sale to a new owner and will include a GCCFSA Certificate of Registration and Pedigree. Sale must be conducted in line with new South Australian Legislation. This is the responsibility of the breeder.
  11. Transfer may be made for ‘Breeding’ (entire) or ‘Non-breeding’ (desexed). Should a ‘Non-breeding’ cat be transferred undesexed and the cat produces kittens, none of its progeny can be registered as the cat is meant to be desexed. It is the responsibility of the breeder to explain to the new owner the meaning of ‘Non-breeding’ status.
  12. Furnish the new owner with details of diet, and any information that will ensure the cat/kitten fits into its new environment with minimum stress.
  13. Ensure that the purchaser of a stud male is made fully aware of the care, responsibility and the standard of facilities required to keep such a cat.
  14. Do not permit matings between registered and unregistered animals or between pedigreed breeds except as an allowable outcross as outlined in the Australian Cat Federation Book of Standards unless as part of a registered experimental breed program.


    We recommend that buyers purchase only vaccinated, microchipped and desexed kittens of appropriate age, and that pedigreed kittens be purchased only from breeders registered with an approved Cat Control. The registering bodies can confirm registration status of breeders.

    If you plan to exhibit or breed, please check with the breeder and the registering bodies that your feline will be registered as a pedigreed cat of breeding or show quality and not as a desexed or pet-quality animal.


    Download the Code of Ethics for Breeders / Owners