Guidance For KittenList Users

Whats On This Page..
Recommendations For Sellers And Buyers Using
Classification Of Cat/Kitten Status For The Purposes Of Advertising On - What Is It..Pedigree Or Not Pedigree, Moggie Or Cross Breed?
Classification Of Terms Sellers May Use
General Guidance Notes (Inc. Lists Of Governing Bodies and Cat Clubs)

Recommendations For Sellers And Buyers Using

Pedigree cats/kittens should be sold with full pedigree papers and should be able to be registered at an official governing body such as GCCF, CFA, TICA, FIFE (Not to be confused with a 'cat club' - a cat club is not a governing body). Also, the dam of the cats/kittens is registered as 'active' to the breeder. In addition, both parents of the cats/kittens are registered 'active' - with an official governing body.

Non pedigree kittens should not be rehomed (or sold) before 8 weeks of age

It is a recommendation that pedigree cats are not be rehomed (or sold) before 12/13 weeks (Until after they have received their veterinary health checks and course of vaccinations).

Kittenlist does not condone the practice of taking 'non-refundable' deposits. Deposits taken to secure a kitten should be returned in full should the breeder fail to supply the kitten that the deposit has been paid against.

Deposits should not be paid or taken against kittens as yet to be born. It may be wise avoid advertisers who insist upon 'non refundable' deposits for 'unborn' kittens.

Sellers should always advise the buyer of feeding habits already in progress and any and all health issues apparent at the time of sale.

New owners are advised to have cats/ kittens castrated/spayed/neutered before reaching maturity - unless sold for breeding.
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Classification Of Cat/Kitten Status For The Purposes Of Advertising On - What Is It...Pedigree Or Not Pedigree, Moggie Or Cross Breed? A simplified Overview.. 

Note: A 'Cat Fancy' is another name for a 'Cat Governing Body' - Where cats and kittens are 'Registered.' Each Governing Body will have their own directives for the issuing of pedigree paperwork to new owners. However, Purebred and Pedigree breeders should be able to show ownership of the cat/kitten for sale.

Purebred Pedigree and Pedigree (Classified: Pedigree): You can find out more about the pedigree breeds listed on site Here. PureBred Pedigree cats are bred with no other breeds allowed as outcrosses. For example Persian x Persian = PureBred Pedigree. Persian x Maine Coon = Non Pedigree. Breeders of PureBred Pedigree cats must adhere to the correct welfare policies, breed types and coat colours stipulated by the regulating cat governing body the breeder is a member of. Some governing bodies allow the introduction of different 'coat patterns' within the same 'breed type.'

A 'Pedigree' cat is not necessarily 'PureBred' because there may have been 'Permitted Outcrosses' allowed in the matings. Nevertheless, they are still 'Pedigree Cats' and breeders must also adhere to any guidelines stipulated by their regulating cat governing body.

Permitted Outcrosses (Classified: Pedigree): Where a 'Pedigree Cat' has been bred with an 'Allowed Permitted Outcross' (Using a different breed) or 'allowed' differing coat colour/pattern and the resulting progeny is accepted as pedigree by the cat governing body. However, this is not the same as a 'Cross Breed'. A 'Cross Breed' is neither PureBred nor Pedigree.

Example 1 (Permitted Outcross): Selkirk Rex are a new curly coated breed and are a 'Pedigree' cat. However permitted outcrosses are allowed from the Persian Group and the British Shorthaired Group and the progeny from the matings are registered as a Pedigree Selkirk Rex if Curly and a Pedigree Selkirk Rex Variant if straight haired.

Example 2 (Permitted Outcross): LaPerms are another new breed witha curly coat (and are a 'Pedigree' cat). However, their permitted outcrosses are only to a domestic cat. The domestic cat is the only 'allowed' outcross for this breed.

The above examples have been used to show how governing bodies will permit only certain, and very restrictive, outcrosses. Check with the particular governing body, or breed club, for more information.

Cross Breeds (Classified: Cross Breed/Moggie): Where two breeds have been mated that are not a 'Permitted Outcross' i.e. Bengal x Ragdoll. They will not be recognised by a governing body and cannot be registered as PureBred nor Pedigree.

Cat Registered On A Non Active List At A Governing Body (Classified: Cross Breed/Moggie). Where a cat is registered as 'Non Active' at a governing body. They should not be bred from and any kittens born from a cat on a 'Non Active Register' cannot be registered with any governing body.

Pedigree Cat That Is Not Registered And Crossed With A Moggie/Domestic Or Other Unregistered Cat. (Classified: Cross Breed/Moggie). The progeny of two pedigree cats, that have not been registered at a governing body, cannot be classified as 'Pedigree.' And an unregistered Pedigree Cat bred to a Moggie cannot be classified as a 'Pedigree Cross Breed.'

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Classification Of Terms Sellers May Use

Very often simple expressions are used for cats and kittens other than 'kittens for sale' or 'free to a kind home.'
For Example..
Fostering: These are homes that a kitten or cat may stay whilst a permanent home is found.
Adoption: May be a termed used when kittens are for sale or for a cat looking for a permanent home.
Rehoming: Usually means that the present owner or breeder, for some reason, needs to find a new permanent home for a cat that they already own.
Rescue: Usually applies to the unfortunate kittens or cats that, for some reason, could have been abandoned, lost, injured or are in shelters for many different reasons and are desperate for a new home.
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General Guidance Notes

All Governing Bodies/Cat Fancies will vary with their regulatory rules (And classifications) as will all Cat Clubs associated to each breed. Please refer to the particular club/body for more information. Descriptions and terms used on this page are for our site only - to help our users place their advertisement in the appropriate section. Please see Articles Information Sheets List Of Official Governing Bodies and List Of Recognised Cat Clubs to find out about the various bodies and clubs particular guidelines.

All prospective new owners should clarify the cat/kittens 'classificatoin status' with the breeder (Under which classification above does the cat/kitten belong). When buying a PureBred/Pedigree cat for the purpose of Breeding/Showing it is advisable to check that the kitten/cat is suitable to be registered on the correct 'Active Register' (For Breeding /Showing). In the case of Breeding Purebred/Pedigree the cat/kitten has already or is going to be registered on the Active Register.

All sellers should ensure that their advert information is correct and adheres to the guidance on this page.

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