Code of Ethics for GCCFSA

Devon Rex cat

GCCFSA Registered Breeders, as a condition of being granted a prefix must - since sign a declaration that they will abide by the recommendations of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of South Australia Inc. "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.


  • 1. Breeders breed with the intention of improving the standard of *his chosen breed, and not for commercial purposes.
  • 2. Not knowingly sell or transfer from *his 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.
  • 3. The cat/kitten shall be in the best possible condition and health before it goes to a new home.3a) Cats and kittens should be handled sufficiently to be well socialized.
  • 4. No kitten should be sold at less than twelve (12) weeks of age.
  • 5. As far as possible it should be free from internal and external parasites.
  • 6. All litters and kittens of a litter should be registered with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy of S.A. Inc.
  • 7. The cat/kitten should be immunised against Feline Infection 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.
  • 8. Transfer of a cat/kitten must be effected within 3 months of gift or sale to a new owner. This is the responsibility of the Breeder.
  • 9. Transfer may be made for "Breeding" or "Non-Breeding". "Non-Breeding" means that should the cat produce kittens, none of its progeny can be registered, 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.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Not permit matings between registered and unregistered animals.

Note: "his" includes "her" and "their". (amended July 1997.

We recommend that buyers purchase only vaccinated 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 - see Saturday's "Advertiser" for contact details for SA bodies.

If you plan to exhibit or breed, please check with the breeder and the registering bodies that your feline will be registered a pedigreed cat.


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