Code of Ethics

All individuals who are considering joining OSSI should read the OSSI Code of Ethics. Individuals who do not wish to abide by the club's Code of Ethics should not join the club. Existing members who decide they no longer wish to abide by the Code of Ethics should immediately resign from the club.

 

Members of OSSI are representatives of OSSI in their communities and have certain responsibilities to OSSI, the breed and to all cats. The Code of Ethics binds the members together and protects the reputation and integrity of the OSSI.

 

Members of OSSI should:

 

  • Abide by and conform to the OSSI Code of Ethics all the times.
  • Honor and respect the CAT.
  • Help to save the Old-Style Siamese breed and ensure its future.
  • Keep the welfare of the Old-Style Siamese breed as a highest priority when involved in activities that may affect them
  • Act in accordance with the OSSI Code of Ethics at all times. Always conduct themselves in a responsible, respectful and professional manner.
  • Treat other members of OSSI with courtesy and respect. Never intentionally and falsely degrade another member, their cats, cattery, home or practices.
  • When exhibiting their cats be considerate of other exhibitors and their cats.
  • Keep only as many cats as they can care for properly and provide with the attention they need. Carefully consider and monitor the emotional wellbeing of the whole household.
  • Provide proper care for their cats and maintain them in an exemplary manner. Cats should be kept indoors at night for their own safety. Drinking water must be available at all times and cats must be fed regularly and adequately. Cats should not be confined needlessly for long periods.
  • Have their cats regularly checked and if necessary treated for parasites, e.g. fleas, mites, worms etc.
  • Ensure their cats are kept in a healthy environment and ensure they receive the proper veterinary care as needed.
  • Have their cats that are bought as pets, not for breeding, neutered or spayed at the appropriate age. Under no circumstances should such cats be bred from. Breeding without the knowledge and consent of the breeder who sold the cat is a serious breach of trust.
  • Never exhibit publicly any cat that has been altered in appearance or behavior by artificial means other than spaying or neutering.
  • Consider the best means of identifying their cat in case it should become lost. This can be done by micro-chipping or tattooing the cat. Alternatively, cats may wear some form of identification on a collar.
  • Members of the OSSI should at no time behave in such a way that may compromise the health or welfare of any animal in their care.

 

OSSI Breeders should:

 

  • Breed with the intent of improving the breed, for health and temperament before type. Breed only from healthy queens and studs that have no obvious hereditary defects. Inbreeding should be avoided.
  • Maintain appropriate cattery records and correctly register litters and cats.
  • Strive to house all breeding cats in a manner exceeding the minimum cattery standard.
  • Space matings such that no queens will deliver more than two litters a year. Maiden queens should not be bred until fully mature. In households with two or more queens, the total number of litters in any year should not place stress on the household, nor should it exceed the availability of suitable homes for kittens.
  • Ensure their studs don’t carry any genetic or type flaws, nor have a bad temperament. Studs have far more offspring than queens, and therefore contribute considerably more to the gene pool of the breed. For this reason, a new stud should be chosen with excessive care over his bloodlines and genetic health.
  • Should spend considerable interactive time with their stud every day to enrich his life and mitigate the circumstances of confinement in which he is kept. A cat that is unhappy, frustrated or stressed by living as a stud should be neutered and rehomed to a more congenial environment.
  • Deal honestly with the purchasers of their kittens and cats.
  • Ensure to sell kittens to suitable and appropriate homes.
  • Not sell any cat to commercial cat wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow cats to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Cats should not be sold in online auctions.
  • Place kittens/cats directly to the new pet owner or in a manner that will enable contact with the ultimate owner to provide on-going education and advice. A sample of the kitten's regular food and a sample of familiar cat litter should be provided for the new owner to help to reduce distress to the kitten.
  • Provide the new owner with all relevant paperwork, pedigree and registration documents.
  • Not sell or place kittens prior to their attaining a proper level of immunity against common infectious diseases.
  • To the best of their knowledge and ability not, without prior disclosure, sell any kitten/cat that is sick or has been exposed to an infectious disease.
  • Not sell or give away a kitten/cat with any defect without full disclosure of the condition to, and the agreement of, the new owner.
  • Advise and support novice breeders to ensure they have a solid information foundation.
  • Work honestly with fellow breeders and provide timely and correct litter registration information to those who use their cats for breeding.