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Forest Cat Fancier's Association Code of Ethics for Breeder and Provisional
Purpose and Objectives:
This Code of Ethics is binding on all Breeder Members and Provisional
Breeder Members ( " Breeders" ) of the Norwegian Forest Cat
Fanciers Association ( "NFCFA" ). The continued existence of a
healthy and pure breed of Norwegian Forest Cat depends upon the Breeders
recognition of certain ethical considerations. A consequent obligation of
Breeders is to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. This
ethical code is designed to be adopted by Breeders both as an
inspirational guide and a model for minimum standards of conduct. The
ethical considerations are aspirational in character and represent the
objectives toward which every Breeder should strive. They constitute a
body of principles upon which a Breeder can rely for guidance in many
First and foremost,
the Breeders agree to conduct their business practices in a manner
consistent with State, Federal, and Local laws.
should keep accurate records of all matings and pedigrees. Members
should register breeding stock and litters with at least one ( 1 )
recognized cat association as listed in the Bylaws ( Article 1 Section
B 1 ).
Breeders should endeavor to learn as much as possible about the
recommended procedures for successful breeding before establishing a
cattery, consulting books, veterinarians, or other reputable breeders
for advice and training.
No Norwegian Forest Cat shall be
bred to any cat other than a registered Norwegian Forest Cat. Breeding
stock should be healthy and exhibit no radical departures from the
Norwegian Forest Cat standard.
A female should not be bred until
she is at least one year old or has been in heat twice, and should not
be made to bear more that two litters in a 12 month period.
Stud males should be allowed
seven to ten days between breeding females. If a female is sent to the
male, the dam's owner is responsible for both shipping charges and a
reasonable boarding charge, unless the parties agree otherwise. A
repeat stud service should be offered if the female fails to conceive
or reabsorbs the kittens.
Breeders with breeding males and
females shall take reasonable precautions to avoid accidental
breedings. Kittens of unknown lineage or the offspring of an
accidental breeding to a different breed shall be altered.
Breeders should provide proper
care at their facilities for safe and healthy delivery of kittens, and
wherever possible, should be available to assist the queen if
necessary, without undue interference with natural parturition. A
veterinarian should be consulted at the first sign of life-threatening
Kittens born with a deformity
which the veterinarian deems incompatible with a healthy or
comfortable life should be euthanized. If a Breeder suspects other
hereditary defects, a geneticist or veterinarian should be consulted
as soon as possible, and their findings promptly reported to all
previous purchasers of kittens from the same breeding stock and the
owner/breeder of the sire and/or dam. Breeders should make reasonable
efforts to ensure that kittens are placed in a satisfactory home with
should maintain good standards of health and care for their cats,
including the following: 1) adequate room for exercise; 2) regular
grooming; 3) clean quarters; 4) adequate ventilation; 5) balanced diet
and adequate water; 6) love and affection; 7) regular inoculations and
Sales: It is the
Breeders obligation to honestly appraise the quality and potential of
the kittens sold, and to inform the buyer of the difference between
pet, breeder, and show cats. The Breeder should inform potential
buyers of the proper care of a cat and the responsibility of breeding,
and Show Rules and conduct. Breeders should be available to a
reasonable extent to give the buyer advice after the sale is executed.
It is recommended that all sales
transactions be in writing and that the contract of sales include the
A complete description of the
cat/kitten to be sold, including color and quality
The course of action to be
taken if a kitten proves to be sterile, in poor health, or
incompatible with the buyers family ( e.g. complete or partial
refund of the purchase price, exchange or return of the kitten, or
payment of reasonable veterinary expenses ).
Whether registration papers
and pedigrees will be provided at the time of sale ( show/breeder
quality ) or after proof of neutering ( pet quality ).
Which vaccinations are to be
given before the sale ( Recommended: feline enteritis, calicivirus
and rhinotracheitis ).
A guarantee of health and
freedom from internal and external parasites.
Clear and specific enumeration
of the buyers duties to the seller, including the procedure and
time period for notice of defects, and any other limitations of
advertising, whether written or oral, shall be factual and not worded
in a way that would mislead the buyer or violate Federal, State or
local consumer protection laws.
Breeders should conduct themselves in a manner which reflects credit
upon the breed, the NFCFA, and themselves. Breeder members agree to
abide by the relevant rules and customs governing each show, whether
as an exhibitor or a spectator. Breeders are urged to be both a
gracious winner and a gracious loser, remembering that the health and
well being of our cats is more important than winning.
strongly recommends that all transactions and agreements be in writing
and be performed in good faith. This includes contracts for stud
service, sale of kittens/cats, and agency agreements. Receipts should
be issued for all payments received.
These provisions will be enforced according to the Constitution and
Bylaws of the NFCFA.
I agree to the terms and conditions
contained in this code of ethics and I understand that if I fail to comply
with these standards expressed herein I may be subject to Discipline.
____________________________ Breeders Signature
____________________________ Cattery Name