The general welfare and health of all cats should be the most important consideration for all WCF members, breeders and owners of cats. These rules
are general guidelines and should be adapted and followed as far as local circumstances and culture allow.
Cats with a congenital abnormality may not be bred from and may not be sold for breeding. The new owner should be advised of the abnormality and
such cats should be sterilised, ideally before being sold, or registered “not for breeding”, if this is possible in the WCF member club.
Each WCF member club decides, with the guidance of it’s judges, on the local outcrossing allowances and inbreeding programs, within the rules of the
WCF and according to the local government laws. Full brother-sister matings are not advisable and should be strongly discouraged.
Each WCF member club may accept any breed recognised by a WCC member for registration and shows. They may receive all WCF titles. The WCF
member clubs have the autonomy to refuse any breeds not recognised by WCF as they wish.
The breeder must be a member of a WCF-Club. The cattery must have a registered WCF cattery name. All information such as the name of breeder,
address, breeds, etc. have to be current and updated as soon as there are changes. The registering breeder/cattery must be the legal owner of the
dam and be able to prove ownership. The breeder/cattery has to follow the WCF - and member club’s breeding rules and the local government laws
concerning the protection of animals, including the commercial registration of the cattery and breeding stock, where required.
These guidelines include the adequate feeding, hosting and general care of cats. At least the minimum standards according to the animal protection law
of the breeder’s resident country have to be me. The cattery and cat runs have to be of adequate size and offer protection against heat, cold and drafts.
They should allow enough natural daylight and be maintained in a good state of repair and - standard of hygiene. If possible, the cats should have access
to a secure garden environment. Regular human contact and socialisation must be provided, as well as the encouragement of natural behaviour, like
scratching, hiding and playing.
Registers (Stud Books)
It is recommended that clubs keep a Full Register as well as a Supplementary or Experimental Register. The Full Register may also be referred to as the
LO (Livre d’Origine) Register and the Experimental Register as the RIEX (Registre Initial et Experimental). Cats registration numbers should have an identi-
fication code indicating on which of the two registers they are registered.
Cats on the Full Register should be of a breed, pattern and colour officially listed in the WCF Standard of Points and should have at least 3 generations of
ancestors of the same or related breeds. The Supplementary Register is used for all other cats (for example outcrossed, novice and unrecognised breeds.)
The Standard of Points and Show Rules provide more information on Novice Registration and Outcrossing of certain Breeds and these must be followed
without exception.The registers should contain at least the Registered Name of the Cat, the Registered Cattery Name of the Breeder, the Registration Number
of the Cat, the Breed, Pattern and Colour of the Cat (as well as other relevant features, like coat length, eye colour, ear shape, tail, etc.), the Registered
Cattery Name of the Breeder, the Date of Birth of the Cat, the Sex of the Cat, the Name of the Breeder and the Name of the Registered Owner. It is strongly recommended that the member club’s WCF identification code forms part of the registration number. It is further recommended that the extended EMS code,
as available from the WCF office, is used.
Transfer of Registered Cats
Cats may be transferred from any other club or organisation, according to the individual club’s policy. This should only take place with proof of the original
registration document/s. The original registration number of the transferrred cat may be retained, or a new number may be assigned. When a new number
is assigned, the original registration number must also be retained on the records for reference purposes. The original name of a transferred cat must
always be retained, but the new owner’s cattery name may be added as a suffix. When a cat is transferred the previous registration document has to be
marked as “non-valid” or “cancelled”.
Ownership of Breeding Cats
A Breeder should provide proof of ownership before offspring of a female cat can be registered. The breeder should also provide proof of ownership
of the stud cat, or a mating certificate signed by the owner of the stud cat.
The contract has to contain all the information about the breeder, new owner and complete details of the cat. It should include a health-certificate and
information about the special needs of cats and the specific breed. The breeder should support the new owner in any way possible.
New Breeds, Patterns & Colours
All Breeds, Patterns & Colours recognised by a WCC organisation may be accepted for registration on the Supplementary Register (RIEX). The separate
set of WCF rules for full recognition of New Breeds and Colour Varieties should be followed before such a cat can be registered on the Full Register
CODE OF ETHICS FOR BREEDERS - General conditions for husbandry and breeding cats
Due to the different legislative situation in the member-countries we can only give general conditions, which are supervised by the member-organizations.
Country specific regulations
Cat owners and cat breeders, who are associated with the WCF via their cat club, have to follow the laws and rules for the treatment of vertebrates,
which are valid in their country.
This includes adequate feeding, maintenance and health-care of the cats. Cats showing any signs of illness have to be presented for veterinary care
immediately. This is considered as a minimum requirement.
Rules for breeding and maintenance
Each member-organization has to specify detailed rules for breeding and husbandry for its members, which are in conformation with the country’s
In general the following has to be defined in these rules:
Female cats are allowed to give birth twice a year maximum (with a minimum of 3 months between the litters). Ideally a queen should give birth to
kittens only once a year.
Placement of kittens
Young kittens are not allowed to be separated from their mother and litter mates before the 12th week. Young kittens must be weaned, de-wormed
and vaccinated, before being placed in their new homes. It is strongly recommended to identify all kittens by micro-chip.
Each kitten born at a WCF member has to be registered and it is not allowed to be placed without a pedigree. The kitten’s placement has to be documented
by a contract. With this contract the breeder has to inform the new owner of the cat about its needs. The breeder shall assist the new owner with help,
advice and guidance as necessary.