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Code of Ethics

The purpose of the RagaMuffin Kitten Unite Group (RKUG) is to encourage, promote, and protect the health of RagaMuffin Cats and Kittens by maintaining breed standards, encouraging exhibitions, and offering services to its members in keeping with those goals, the breeders of RKUG agree to adhere to the following standards:

I agree that the RagaMuffin is a rare breed, furthering the interests of the RagaMuffin, including the health and safety of breed stock and litters shall always be my primary goal.  Any other gain shall be secondary.

I agree to keep adequate records of all matings and pedigrees and to register breedings and litters with at least one recognized cat registry.  I shall only represent or sell cats as RagaMuffins that are registered with ACFA and/or CFA.

I agree to breed first for health and disposition.  I shall breed discriminately and only upon strong evidence of potential for finding suitable homes for all kittens.  I shall euthanize any kitten with a deformity incompatible of having a happy, comfortable life.

All breeding cats will be tested, and be negative for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids.  Breeding cats will also be tested for the Ragdoll HCM mutation unless both parents or all grandparents have previously tested negative for this gene. I will have a written coy of these results for review.  No cat with the Ragdoll HCM gene will be used in any breeding.

I will refuse to sell to breeders who do not conform to RKUG’s Code of Ethics or to a similar code.

Before selling a kitten as a breeder, I shall ascertain that the buyer is fully aware of the ramifications of breeding expenses, necessary facilities, time involved in care and placement of kittens and their responsibilities to buyers. A separate Breeder’s Addendum and Breeding Rights contract will outline these conditions.  I shall also ensure that the kitten’s genetic background is compatible with intended mates.

I agree to maintain a high standard of health and care for my cats and kittens, including adequate room for exercise, regular grooming, clean quarters and adequate food and water.

Before a kitten is sold it must receive age-appropriate immunizations.  Kittens shall be kept free of all internal parasites.  All kittens will be checked by a licensed veterinarian before adoption.  No kitten will leave the cattery until they are at least 12 weeks old.  

I will discourage the declawing of any kitten or cat.

I will never sell cats or kittens to cat wholesalers or retailers.  I will never donate a RagaMuffin for raffle purposes or buy or sell kittens in litter lots.

I shall ascertain that all buyers know how to care for a cat or kitten and make myself available to give advice.  This will also apply to assisting other breeders with advice who obtain a breeding queen or stud from me.

I shall not breed a female until she is at least a year old and has been in season twice.  I will not purposely breed any female more than three times in two years unless it is necessary for the female’s health to reduce the risk of pycmetra in a queen with frequent heats.  Any female with severe birthing problems will be altered.

I will supply a receipt for all deposits received.  The receipt will state what happens if a buyer changes his or her mind, money forfeited, refund, returned after kitten is re-sold, etc.  Receipt will state that the kitten is sold without breeding rights and must be altered, kittens may not be used for breeding.

I will guard the reputation of all RKUG breeders as my own.

I will encourage breeder-buyers to join RKUG.

I will promptly report any violation of the Code of Ethics to a RKUG Board Member.  Upon sufficient evidence, the Board of Directors may take disciplinary action.  RKUG breeders who choose not to follow the RKUG Code of Ethics may be suspended.

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