The Association for Somali Cats
Standard of Conduct
It is important that breeders examine their motives
before undertaking any breeding. While the zeal to produce
beautiful Somalis is understandable, the breeder must
maintain a responsibility to the living kittens produced;
must understand the costs in time and money; take the
greatest care in placement of kittens, and understand
that showing cats is a necessary part of the breeding
Members shall breed their cats with only Somalis and
Abyssinians, except in the case of those who wish to
assist with experimental programs for the exhibiting,
maintaining, and ownership of another breed of pedigreed
cat. Somalis shall not be crossed with household pets,
or wild cats of any kind.
When breeding, every attempt must be made to produce
Somali cats conforming to the standard of the breed,
not merely to produce pets for sale. Cats with serious
faulty temperament or with congenital unsoundness should
not be used for breeding.
Breeding should be undertaken only when the breeder
is in a position to properly care for the queen and
litter; and with the plan of keeping at least one kitten
to, hopefully, advance and improve the breed. The breeder
should recognize that it may be necessary to house kittens
for a considerable length of time, and to be prepared
to provide suitable facilities, care and attention indefinitely.
No fancier should attempt breeding until able to clearly
define a rational goal that will likely improve the
breed, and also result in healthy kittens with good
personalities. Such ability demands careful study of
the breed standard, the basic principles of genetics
and the pedigrees of prospective stud and queen.
The stud cat should be bred selectively. The owner
should discourage the individual who wants to breed
the pet quality queen or one unsuitable for his stud,
and explain why he does so. The stud cat owner should
be certain the owner of the queen has the knowledge
and facilities to care for the kittens as long as necessary.
Breeding cats should be retired, altered and placed
while still in the prime of life. No cat, regardless
of titles, should be kept whole and breeding into old
Regardless of titles, cats who produce offspring of
consistently poor quality are of no value as breeders
and should not be used again.
Advertising should be factual. It should not be worded to attract
undesirable buyers, nor to encourage raising cats for profit.
All pet/premiership Somalis shall be spayed or neutered, either
by the new owner via contractual agreement, or by the breeder before
the animal is sold. Spay and neuter of pet/premier kittens prior
to their sale is encouraged.
Members agree to screen buyers carefully, and only place cats/kittens
where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life.
An offer should be made at the time of sale to help with the rehoming
if at any time circumstances require the cat to be found a new home.
When a cat or kitten is sold, the breeder shall, at
the time of sale, provide the purchaser with a properly
completed pedigree signed by the breeder, carrying 3
generations at least, showing all the breed numbers
and registration numbers, also the breeder's name and
If, at the time of sale, the cat or kitten is registered,
the seller shall provide the purchaser with a transfer
form, duly completed and signed by the seller, unless
it is jointly agreed in writing by both parties, at
the time of sale, not to do so.
For each sale, the breeder shall give a record of dates and types
of immunizations given, and suggested dates and types of immunizations
required Instructions (preferably written) on proper care, grooming,
and feeding should be provided. No cat/kitten shall be sold without
protection against distemper. Cats/kittens should have a veterinary
examination before sale.
It is recommended that a Breeder/seller should include
in a sales contract:
Buyer promises to:
- provide climate-controlled shelter for the cat/kitten
which is available at all times.
- provide reasonable medical care for the cat/kitten.
It will not be sold, leased, or given to any pet shop,
research laboratory or individual for the purposes of
Members will not sell cats or kittens to pet shops.
Members will not sell cats or kittens to known kitten
Members will not place kittens younger than twelve
Members will not show/breed cats that are carrying
Members will not practice "early weaning" (before 9
weeks) of kittens.
Members will not engage in "culling" (killing unwanted
cats/kittens who have no health problems).
Members will only keep as many cats as they can care
Cats and kittens must be provided with warm, comfortable and clean
housing, with plenty of opportunity for exercise and play. Drinking
water must be available at all times and cats must be fed regularly
Each member shall keep accurate and complete records of all cats,mating,
pedigrees and transfers. Litter registration applications must be
correct. Breeders have an obligation to research their pedigrees
for correct ancestry and spelling.
If a personal emergency arises where a breeder must dispose of
cats quickly, other members of TASC should offer their assistance
until suitable homes can be found - assuming that the distressed
member has bred selectively and is therefore deserving of help.
Good sportsmanship is expected of members who compete
in the show hall.
New enthusiasts of the Somali breed are to be welcomed,
and assistance offered to them by members.
Cats who display aggression or fearfulness in the show
hall should be left at home. It is understood that showing
cats who display these characteristics find the show
hall conditions stressful, it is a cruelty to subject
them to it, and reflects poorly on the breed.
Members should not exhibit "fillers" in order to accumulate
points for a campaigning cat.
This page was last updated on November 25, 2000.