Choosing a stud The OSSC takes very seriously its responsibility to support and encourage the breeding of healthy cats. Below we offer some advice for new breeders on what you should expect and ask for when taking your queen to a stud, however, we cannot take any responsibility for any circumstances arising from using a stud advertised on this website. Costs: You should expect to pay around £200/£250 for a stud fee, plus blood test fees at your vet’s normal rate. Cats left with a stud owner are left at your own risk, so please be careful to ensure that your queens welfare and safety is suitably catered for. Try to choose somewhere close by so that you can check the facilities first, it will also be less stressful for a maiden queen if she doesn’t have to travel far. Be prepared to give the stud owner dietary instructions and details of any other special needs IN WRITING (the stud owner can’t be expected to remember everything you say). Some breeders prefer to bring along their own food and litter tray (be prepared for the fact that the stud will spray the queens litter tray so a bin liner is useful for pick up!). Your queen and the stud must both be registered with the GCCF (Governing Council of the Cat Fancy) and MUST BE ON THE ACTIVE REGISTER. If this is not the case you must consult the person who sold you the queen, and/or register the queen yourself. Stud Owners should: Offer at stud only cats which are healthy and have no obvious hereditary defects. Supervise all matings to ensure the safety of both queen and stud. Provide the Stud with suitable warm and sheltered accommodation, with access to an open air run, and give him the company and love he needs to ensure a full and happy life. Ensure that arrangements for visiting queens are both warm and comfortable and adequately secure. Looking after someone else’s cat is a serious responsibility and should not be undertaken lightly. Make every effort to guard against communicable disease both in the stud and in all visiting queens. Assist breeders in following good practice with advice and other support where necessary. See also http://www.gccfcats.org/Breeding-Information/Keeping-a-Stud The Queen: Your queen should be up to date with her vaccinations, preferably at least 3 weeks before the mating is planned. The queen should be in perfect health, free of worms and fleas and should be vet checked. This usually happens when she is tested but don’t be surprised if the stud owner also wants to check her for themselves. Likewise you should not be afraid to ask to see the stud and reassure yourself of his health before leaving your queen. Extracts from the GCCF code of practice for breeders can be examined below: these guidelines are intended to safeguard the health and happiness of studs, breeding queens and kittens. Full GCCF guidelines and advice can be found at: http://www.gccfcats.org/Breeding-Information. Ask for confirmation that the stud cat has a GCCF Certificate of Entirety and ascertain the requirements on Leukaemia testing – some require a test on the queen taken within the last 24 hours, others, certification that the whole household has a negative status. Do not be afraid to ask to see the documents relating to such information about the stud. Make sure that you obtain a Mating Certificate from the stud owner. You will need to show the stud owner your queen’s registration or transfer slip in order for this to be completed. If you do not get this mating certificate the kittens cannot be registered with the GCCF. The stud owner will require the stud fee to be paid before the queen leaves and should provide a copy of the stud’s pedigree and details of the terms of any repeat mating. Do not offer a kitten in payment. ‘Breeding terms’ always lead to problems. Please contact us if you have a stud that you would like to go on the list.