Stud terms and conditions

All queens must be healthy for two weeks up to and including the date that they are brought to stud - they must not be coughing or sneezing, vomitting or have diarreah. Any queen displaying these symptoms will be isolated and their owner will be responsible for her collection within 24 hours of being notified.

Queens must be registered active, or her paperwork clear from the endorsement not for breeding, with GCCF, TICA or FIFe.

Before accepting the queen, I must physically see her original registeration certificate (or certified pedigree), her pedigree and an up to date vaccination certificate. A copy will be taken of these documents for my records. All documentation must show the owner details as advised to me and the mating certificate will show these details. A recent negative FIV/FeLV test result must also be provided.

Stud fee is payable upon arrival of the queen.  The fee includes up to 10 days keep, should the queen stay longer than 10 days then £2 a day will be charged for her keep. In some circumstances I  am happy to keep queens for longer than 10days, but this depends on whether she is getting on well with the boy and the future matings planned for him.  Should the queen not become pregnant then a repeat mating of up to 10 days is permitted (again the queen must be in good health and have not visited any other males between matings).

Providing at least one mating was witnessed, then the stud fee will not be reimbursed under any circumstances.  However, if only one live kitten is born a 50% refund will be given. If no matings are witnessed on either visit - and should the queen not be found to be pregnant 9 weeks after she returns home - then a 50% refund will be given.  It may be possible for a queen to return to a different boy in certain circumstances.  Should I be unable or unwilling to offer a return to the original boy, then another boy may be offered, or 50% of the stud fee will be refunded.

The registered owner of the queen must provide their home address and telephone details, plus an email address if possible. Once notified that mating has taken place please be prepared to pick the queen up within 48 hours - unless by prior arrangement. I will keep owners updated and as to whether it will be possible for me to keep the queen longer than the 10 days if she hasn't been mated.

The boys require at least a two week gap between matings, so please let me know early if you would like your queen to visit. I cannot guarantee that the boy will be available when your queen calls, but I will do my best if I am aware that you wish to bring her. Stud visits cannot be booked and will be arranged on a first come first served basis when the queen is on call.

I reserve the right to refuse to accept any queen to stud at any time without giving a reason. The health and happiness of my boys is my concern, first and foremost. I will not allow any queen to visit if I have concerns about the boys health or happiness, or should I not be confident that the timing will allow me to provide the care and attention that a visiting queen allows. Queens will not be accepted if I am likely to be away from home for any reason.

I am not a boarding cattery and do not have insurance to cover queens whilst on my premises. All sensible precautions will be taken, but I will not be held responsible for any loss or accident that occurs to a queen that occurs on my premises. Or for any criminal activity that occurs. Please inspect the queens quarters and ensure you are satified before leaving her. In the unlikely event that a queen requires veterinary attention whilst on my premises this will be the responsibility of the owner of the queen and must be paid upon collection. Unless urgent medical attention is required, the owner will be informed and given the opportunity to remove the queen and have her attended by their own vet. 

Please notify me when you are aware that your queen is coming into call, ideally she should be brought to stud on the second day of full call. But, in some cases, arrangements can be made when there is a distance involved, providing the boy is happy to accept a girl who is not on call.

Should a queen not be collected then all sources of contact will be tried over a period of 2 weeks. In the (unlikely) event that a queen is not collected within 4 weeks of arrival, despite all attempts to contact her owners, then she will be handed over to The Snowshoe Cat Society to be rehomed. Any resulting kittens will also be rehomed.

No stud fee will be accepted until the owner has seen and is satisfied with the stud to be used and the conditions that the queen will be kept in. These terms and conditions will be signed by both parties and a copy retained by each, once the stud fee is accepted. The mating certificate will be signed and provided to the owner (or their delegate) upon collection of the queen.

The only restriction that I place on the majority of matings, is that no boys are to be sold on the active register.  So you may keep girls on active for your own use. Please discuss with me first if you intend keeping a boy on the active register, or if you intend to register kittens on active that will be homed with another person.  For clarity, there are no restrictions on the offspring of the active kittens retained from the mating.

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