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Kitten Agreement

Specimen Agreement - Explanatory Notes

The Kitten Agreement was prepared by the GCCF Solicitor for the use of members of the Fancy, where it was wished to apply certain conditions agreed at the time of sale.  It is available in pdf format (see link left) for you to download and print out - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader

The conditions listed may be varied to suit the circumstances of the sale, e.g. you may wish to add a condition that the cat/kitten shall not be exhibited at cat shows, or may only be exhibited at GCCF licensed shows.

If the cat/kitten is being sold by the breeder and is not intended for breeding purposes, it is strongly recommended that the cat/kitten is also registered on the Non-Active register.

The following GCCF Rules are relevant:

Active and Non-Active Registers: Section 1 Rule 1

1 a. Only cats/kittens required for breeding purposes should be registered on the Active Register. All male cats used at stud must have a Certificate of Entirety deposited with the GCCF prior to registration of their first litter of kittens.

1 b. In some breeds the registration policy may require that cats are tested clear for specific diseases/conditions before being eligible for registration on the Active register.

1 c. Cat/kittens which are not required for breeding should be registered on the Non-Active Register. Progeny of cats on the Non-Active Register will not be registered.

1 d. ONLY the breeder or person who first registered the cat may apply to transfer a cat from the Non-Active to the Active Register, if permitted by the current Registration Policy for the breed in question, on payment of the appropriate fee, except where in special circumstances the Executive Committee may order a transfer.

1 e. The registered owner ONLY may apply to transfer a cat from the Active to the NonActive Register, on payment of the appropriate fee, except where in special circumstances the Executive Committee may order such a transfer.

Mating Certificates: -Section 1 Rule 3d (effective for kittens born on or after I June 2002)

When a litter is registered, the application to register must be accompanied by a copy of the certificate of mating unless the person registering the kitten(s) is also the registered owner of the sire. The owners of the stud cat must provide a Certificate of Mating to the owner of the queen upon collection of the queen. (Rule added 24.10.2001)

Transfer of Registration: Section 1 Rules 10a. and 10b.

10a. When a cat or kitten is advertised or sold as a pedigree cat or kitten the vendor shall, at the time of sale, provide the purchaser with a properly completed pedigree signed by the breeder, carrying 3 generations at least, showing all the breed numbers and registration numbers, also the breeder's name and address. If the vendor is not the breeder, the pedigree must additionally be signed by the vendor. If the cat/kitten is not registered, a copy of the mating certificate (Rule 3d) shall be supplied by the vendor to the new owner.

10b. i. If, at the time of sale, the cat or kitten is registered the seller shall provide the purchaser with the registration card provided by the GCCF Office to enable a transfer of ownership. If this card is lost, damaged or otherwise unavailable a manual transfer form must be provided, duly completed and signed by the seller. (Amended 18.02.2015, 16.10.19)

10b. ii.  All cats and kittens must have received two doses of vaccine three to four week apart,  in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations against infectious enteritis (FPV), FHV and FCV (‘cat flu’ at least one week prior to sale and/or leaving for a new home. 
Note: in the event of an emergency that requires a cat or kitten to be rehomed that is not fully vaccinated, the office should be informed as soon as possible. (Amended 17.06.2015, 21.2.2018, 19.6.19.)