FELIS BRITANNICA is a non-profit making organisation representing a federation of cat clubs across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, all of whom wish to be part of the international association, Federation Internationale Feline (FIFe). Formed in 2003, FB is the UK FIFe member, and offers the full range of FIFe services in the UK.
30th November 2021
Announcement – Garden of England Cat Club Show Cancelled
It is with great sadness that following the Government’s announcement regarding the changes to protocol for incoming passengers travelling from abroad (which came into effect from 4 am this morning) We have had to take the hard decision to cancel our upcoming show on 4th December in Colchester.
The new rules will require our judges to take a Day 2 PCR test on entry in the UK and isolate until a negative result is returned. The results of the Day 2 PCR test will not be back in time for the judges to leave isolation to judge at the show. The committee have spent the past 3 days trying to find a solution to this problem but have been unsuccessful.
Entry fees will be refunded to exhibitors, please send us your bank details so that we can arrange this ASAP for you.
The Garden of England Committee are devasted at having to take this decision as we were so looking forward to seeing everyone again after such a long time away from showing.
We wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and have no doubt that we will be working towards our May show in the new year.
The Garden of England Cat Club Committee
1st November 2021
Announcement – Kitten Primary Vaccinations and Show vaccinations
Kitten Primary Vaccinations
Unfortunately, there is a worldwide vaccine shortage. This is due to the pandemic related production issues combined with an increase in the number of cats needing vaccination.
Veterinary Surgeons are being advised to prioritise primary vaccination courses and delay booster vaccinations for up to 3 months.
There will be no change to the FIFe Breeding and Registration Rule (BRR) 2.3.3. However, the FIFe Board have advised that Felis Britannica can give recommendations to our breeders on how to manage this situation to allow breeders to rehome kittens that have not been vaccinated in line with article 2.3.3 of the BRR, due to a “force majeure”.
Breeders should make every effort to find a practice that will provide a complete vaccination course at the usual age i.e., 9 and 12 weeks. It is strongly recommended that you try to book a litter in as far ahead as possible i.e., at least 4/5 weeks before the first vaccine is due. If you encounter difficulty, please explain to the practice that vaccination prior to sale is a FIFe rule. This is there for the protection and welfare of kittens up to 12/13 weeks of age before being released to their new homes.
If no practice in your area can either fully vaccinate kittens or give only a single dose of vaccine, the Felis Britannica Executive Committee has agreed that kittens may be rehomed under an exemption due to a “Force Majeure”. Breeders must inform their Club with a valid reason for failure to vaccinate. The kittens must be at least 12 weeks old and have had at least one health check by a veterinary surgeon before rehoming.
In order to comply with the special provision in relation to BRR 2.3.3 please download and print a copy of the ‘Kitten Health Check Record’ from the Forms and Price List page of the Felis Britannica website.
Please complete the KITTEN DETAILS section as instructed on the form. Give it to your veterinary surgeon when you present the kitten/s for their health check and ask them to complete and sign the VETERINARY SURGEON section of the form. Finally, you must read, sign and date the BREEDERS DECLARATION at the bottom of the form.
Please send a signed copy of the form to your club secretary. A copy of this should also be given to the new owner. The breeder must also advise the new owner that the kitten must be fully vaccinated by their own veterinary surgeon at the earliest opportunity. The new owner should also be advised that the kitten should be isolated from all other cats until at least 7 days after the 2nd dose of vaccine.
Vaccination Requirements for Shows
Kittens must have completed a full primary vaccination course at least 15 days prior in order to attend a show.
For all cats that have already had their full primary vaccination course, we already have provision under Felis Britannica Veterinary Rule 2.1.3 allowing for a 2 year period between vaccinations for cats to attend shows.
An extension of a further 3 months will also be allowed for booster vaccinations.
Both situations will be reviewed in January 2022
Felis Britannica General Secretary
For and on behalf of the Executive Committee
2021 Felis Britannica National Winners Show is now Closed
The National winners show is now closed for entries, we look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday 3rd October.
As a thank you to all Felis Britannica’s club members for their support of our member club, entry is £20 per cat in a double pen. Additional cats sharing the double pen (up to 3 in a double pen) are £5 each.
Come join us to celebrate getting back to shows.
27th February 2021 Reminder
You are reminded that, in accordance with the FIFe rules, all kittens born must be registered in Felis Britannica.
The registration must take place before the kittens are registered with any other organisation.
If a cattery is found in which kittens have not received registration in Felis Britannica, and a pedigree issued; or if the kittens have been registered elsewhere, prior to registration with Felis Britannica, the registered owner of cattery concerned will face disciplinary proceeding.
This may result in cancellation of the cattery name with FIFe and the cancellation of your membership.
17th February 2021 Announcement – Breeders not registered with Felis Britannica
Felis Britannica have been made aware of advertisers using popular pet sales websites who claim to have pedigrees from us or, more generally, from FIFe but who are not our UK members.
Buyers are encouraged to do their due diligence into the bone fides of such a statement – whether the cat is stated to have a pedigree with Felis Britannica, FIFe or any registration body – and make enquiries to ensure that they are satisfied that this is correct.
We encourage any potential buyer to seek the confirmation of any Felis Britannica (FB) registration by contacting us for confirmation that the seller is a member. Our pedigrees are ONLY issued to our members.
17th February 2021 Announcement – Felis Britannica AGA Postponement
25th November 2020 Announcement – Felis Britannica General Secretary
The Felis Britannica General Secretary, Wendy Chapman recently approached the
Executive Committee as she has been finding the administrative side of the role more
challenging over the last 12 months for a variety of reasons.
In order to retain the experience Wendy brings to the role from her seven years on the
Executive Committee, after discussing the options, we came to the decision that the best
solution was for the Deputy General Secretary to move into the General Secretary position
and vice versa. This allows the Deputy General Secretary to take over the requirements of
the General Secretary role with the support and guidance of an individual experienced in
the wide range of requirements this role entails.
Our Deputy General Secretary, Gemma Chapman will therefore be taking over the role of
General Secretary from the 1st December 2020, until the next Felis Britannica AGM. There
will be no change in the email and telephone contact details for the General Secretary.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind our members that any communication with
the General Secretary should of course go through your club secretary.
NW’19 GIC Tingoskattens Puma, JW
Overall Best Cat 2019
Announcement FiFE Rule 5.1.1
Members, you may be aware that Felis Britannica approached the FIFe Board for clarification of FIFe Breeding and Registration Rule 5.1.1. Clarification has now been received and further details can be found here.
Garden of England Cat Club: goecatclub.co.uk – Acting Club Secretary is Gem Chapman who can be contacted via email@example.com.
Strictly Cats: www.strictlycats.org – Club Secretary is Kavita Vincent who can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
Show Schedules for 2021
Visit the FB calendar and Results Page shows in 2021, which will be update shortly.