Care/Housing- and Breeding Guidelines of the
Easy Cat Club Europe
The following care-/housing- and breeding guidelines are consistent with the current version of the Animal Welfare Act. The compliance of the applicable law on animal protection is self-evident for all ECCE members.
§ 1 Care/Housing of Cats
a) The members of the ECCE bear responsibility for ensuring their animals (in this case cats) a decent, species-appropriate life.
b) Regular (annually) repeated vaccinations (cat flu / plague) must be observed. Cats that will attend shows will need a current (4 weeks old) rabies vaccination.
c) Caging is prohibited, unless for medical reasons (illness, birth etc.); Housing in an enclosure is authorized, provided the size of the enclosure is adapted and well-matched to the number and needs of the animals (in this case cats).
§ 2 Creation/Production of Pedigrees
All breeding animals need to have at least a 4-generation pedigree of a recognized cat association/organization. A copy of the pedigrees of both parents (transfer) must be presented upon notification of the litter.
A complete announcement of a litter (including name, color - as far as identifiable up to the 10th week // see point cats - and sex) must be made within 10 weeks from the date of delivery (birth). Members of the ECCE are obliged to apply for their pedigrees exclusively from the ECCE.
Corrections of pedigrees, for whatever reason, can only be made upon presentation of the old pedigree. Reissues, as a result by an error of the breeder or its details are liable for costs; here the full amount of pedigree fees will be charged. Club issued false pedigrees are free of charge and the corrected pedigree is received by the breeder without any additional fees. This paragraph also applies to the passage "without breeding rights".
The dispatch or personal delivery of the pedigrees occurs only after payment of the fees, either at shipping via bank transfer to the club's account or in cash at personal delivery. The shipment fees when sending pedigrees will be put down to the breeder.
§ 3 Breeding Code of Conduct
a) The breeder has to take for an adequate basic genetic knowledge of the race he is about to breed; he has to pay attention to health and character of the young animals, provided they comply with breed standard.
b) The declawing, as well as cropping and docking of the ears / tail and any artificial change, in whatever kind expressed is absolutely prohibited.
c) At the time of mating both breeding animals must be free of diseases. Breeding animals, whose kittens or off-spring in general have had or shown genetic defects after the first mating are not allowed to be used for breeding any longer; and it should be retraced which genepool (parent) is responsible for the gene defect.
d) Breeding cats should only be used in medically justified cases for breeding before the age of 10 month. In case of violations by the breeder or without any consulation with the breeding office - the responsible Breeding Inspector may demand a medical certificate from a veterinarian.
e) A period of 6 months should be respected between matings; Exceptions can only be made with the written consent by the Board. Breeding cats are allowed to have 3 litters within 24 months, anything that goes beyond that is subject to approval by the Breed Inspector or the Board.
f) The ECCE issues pedigrees for all purebred cats and wildcats. For a valid permit to hold and keep cats and all other permits that may be required (depending on the country/law) - the breeder of each breed is solely liable.
g) Non-residential cattery mating: Cats may only be accepted for breeding if the cattery is free of infectious diseases.
In case of a non-residential cattery mating a breeding aggreement is to be concluded, which should contain the following:
1) Name, address, tlephone number, email address of the male breeding cat owner
2) Name, address, tlephone number, email address of the female breeding cat owner
3) Name, date of birth, breeding book number, color of the male breeding cat
4) Presentation of potential health certificates
5) Handover date of the female breeding cat and length of stay.
6) The cost of the mating fee.
7) Agreement over a possible mating failure (and/or failure to reach a pregnancy) and therefor a second mating at no charge.
The owner of the male breeding cat has to fill out and provide a mating certificate after the successful mating and may add a copy of the male breeding cats pedigree.
If no pregnancy is established, the male breeding cat owner must be informed within 6 weeks to rightfully claim the negotiated second mating at no charge; the second mating must take place within one year. If this is not possible – due to neutering etc – another male breeding cat may be offered, or half of the mating fee has to be refunded.
Breeding with full siblings is not allowed. Exceptions require the approval of the Board. Breeding with half siblings or breeding back to a parent or grandparent may be allowed once in 3 generations. However, it must be ensured that 4 generations have at least 12 different animals.
Crossbreeding must be submitted to the Board of the ECCE in advance in writing and must be presented/grounded by a well-planned and valid breeding goal.
Absolute breeding prohibition applies to:
1) Monorchic male cats (Cryptorchid)
2) Cats with deformations of the bone structure
3) Deaf cats
4) Cats with PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease)
5) Cats with Photophobia
6) Cats with HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomopathy)
The ECCE furthermore recommends to not use the following cats for breeding:
1) Cats with tail abnormalities
2) Cats with dental deformities
3) Cats with Entropion
4) Cats with thoracical abnormalities or deformities
5) Cats with HD - Hip Dysplasia
6) Cats with Nystagmus
7) Cats with Strabismus
8) Cats with albino eyes
9) Cats with repeated miscarriages and/or birth defects – even with different breeding mates.
For breeding with white cats each breeding animal is advised to be examined audiometry. Mandatory is, however, if white cats are sold for breeding the have to undergo audiometric tests.
§ 4 Handing over cats
ECCE-Members are advised not to hand over their cats before the 12th week; the cats should only be handed over to the new owner with a purchase agreement and/or contract. Attention must be paid to the following matters:
1) Name, address, telephone number, email address of both parties (buyer and seller)
2) Name, date of birth, race, sex and color (as well as coat pattern) of the kitten(s) or cat(s)
3) Type of cat (breeding cat or non-breeding)
4) Purchase price – Deposit
5) Place of jurisdiction
The kitten(s) and/or cat(s) should be at least vaccinated twice (cat flu / plague) and dewormed. The vaccination certificate and a pedigree copy - original pedigree in case of a breeding cat transfer - have to be provided when handing over the kitten(s) and cat(s).