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Information for breeders

Membership in the IG Heart Healthy Cats:

Can I become a member of the IG?
What does the membership cost?
How much effort is connected with a membership?
How do I benefit from a membership?
How do I join?

Can I become a member of the IG?

Each member of a breed association may be an active member of the IG Heart Healthy Cat.
To become a member of the IG, breeders must meet the following conditions:

  • Proof of membership in a breeders association
  • Submission of the completed and signed membership application confirming you recognize the statute and guidelines for quality assurance of the IG Heart Healthy Cats
  • Submission of the completed and signed cattery stock form
  • Submission of the signed consent for publication of the results of ultrasounds

The required forms are available for download.

The execution and publication of HCM ultrasounds is required only for those animals actively used for breeding.
Please follow the instructions below.

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What does the membership cost?

The annual membership fee for an active member (breeder) in the IG is € 20, -.
With the membership fees, the IG finances:

  • the maintenance of the database of pedigrees and ultrasound results
  • printing and mailing of flyers to inform visitors of exhibitions, veterinarian offices and veterinary clinics
  • placing ads in topic oriented magazines

The maintenance of this informative website is supported by our sponsor PC-Notdienst Kiel.

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How much effort is connected with a membership?

The effort of an active membership is

  • completing the application form and sending it in
  • sending in a proof of your membership in a breeding club
  • sending in the signed consent to the publication of results of ultrasounds
  • paying the annual membership fee of € 20, -
  • sending in the cattery stock form once a year
  • executing ultrasounds with all active breeding cats in accordance with § 6 section 3 of the statute and to publish the results
  • using breeding cats only in accordance with the IG Heart Healthy Cat’s guidelines for quality assurance
  • participating actively in the general meetings which will take place every two years (in person or via the right to vote by absentee ballot)

Implementation and publication of echocardiographic breeding examinations

The execution and publication of the results of echocardiographic breeding examinations (HCM ultrasounds) is only required only for animals actively used for breeding.
It lays under each breeder’s own responsibility how many litters he would have in a calendar year and only the animals planned for mating have to undergo an ultrasound according to guidelines for quality assurance. Depending on how big the cattery and how many litters a year, the number of tests required thus usually is quite manageable.

Example 1:

A cattery has three queens (DAM1, DAM2, DAM3), a stud (SIRE1), a female (YOUNG1) a young male (YOUNG2) and two castrates (NEUTER1, NEUTER2).
In 2012 two matings are planned, both with the stud of the cattery:
DAM1 x SIRE1 and DAM2 x SIRE1
The cattery now has to conduct ultrasounds with the following cats:

  • DAM1,
  • DAM2 (the two queens who should mate), and
  • SIRE1 (the stud who is to mate with them).

Not to be examined:

  • DAM3 (the queen who should not mate), and
  • YOUNG1 (the young female),
  • YOUNG2 (the young male), and
  • NEUTER1,
  • NEUTER2 (the two castrates)

Conclusion: Although the cattery has a total of 9 cats, under the above conditions for 2012 it only takes a total of 3 HCM ultrasounds in order to stick to the guidelines of the IG.

Example 2:

A cattery has three queens (DAM1, DAM2, DAM3), a stud (SIRE1), a young female (YOUNG1), a young male (YOUNG2) and two castrates (NEUTER1, NEUTER2).
In 2012 two matings are planned, both with the stud of the cattery:
DAM1 x SIRE1 and DAM2 x SIRE1
Unfortunately, the young male YOUNG2 is an early developer and instead of the intended stud SIRE1, he mates with one of queens.
The other litter is carried out as planned.
The cattery now has to conduct ultrasounds with the following cats:

  • DAM1,
  • DAM2 (the two queens who should mate),
  • SIRE1 (the stud), and
  • YOUNG2 (the nimbly young male).

Not to be examined:

  • DAM3 (the queen who should not mate), and
  • YOUNG1 (the young female), and
  • NEUTER1,
  • NEUTER2 (the two castrates).

Conclusion: Although the cattery has a total of 9 animals, under the above conditions for 2012 it only takes a total of 4 HCM ultrasounds in order to stick to the guidelines of the IG.

Example 3:

In 2013, the same cattery is now planning three litters, one of them via stud service (FOREIGN1) since DAM1 unfortunately did not get impregnated when mating with the male of the cattery, SIRE1, in 2012.
The following matings are planned:

  • DAM1 x FOREIGN1,
  • DAM3 x SIRE1, and
  • YOUNG1 x SIRE1.

The animals DAM1 and SIRE1 have already undergone an HCM ultrasound in 2012, so they must not be examined in 2013 and can still be used for breeding.
DAM3 and YOUNG1 have not been checked yet, so they must be presented to an HCM ultrasound in 2013 prior to mating.
FOREIGN1 is owned by another cattery and normally should have been examined thourgh them.

Conclusion: In order to perform three matings in 2013, the cattery only needs to perform two HCM ultrasounds.

Demands on stud services by the IG

If you do not own a cat and are dependent on stud services, it is recommended to first check on our stud service page to see if the IG can offer a suitable mating partner via one of your club mates.
The quality assurance guidelines encourage the club members to preferably accept other club member’s queens for their stud services.
We also encourage you to look for studs specifically among breeders clubs requiring an HCM ultrasound. For information on the breeds whose clubs require them to undergo echocardiographic breeding examinations, please visit our website How the IG helps.

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Please do not hesitate to ask the Board, members of the club team or other club mates whether they can help you find a suitable stud examined by certified cardiologists. If you choose the keywords carefully and add the names of certified cardiologists to the desired breed and color, you might come up with surprising results.
If a suitable stud is nowhere to be found and you have to resort to a stud from a cattery whose studs are not subject to regular HCM ultrasounds, you should offer the owners of you preferred stud to provide for the costs of the examination pro rata or in full.
Experience has shown that stud owners are usually not averse to this idea.
Please mind the quality assurance guidelines of the IG Heart Healthy Cat when thinking about using stud services and do not hesitate to approach the board early on; we will be pleased to help you.

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How do I benefit from a membership?

So far there are few clubs in Germany which require their members to oblige to participating in an HCM health program by conducting regular echocardiographic breeding examinations.
Moreover, only a few, rather randomly selected breeds, are affected by these rules.
In addition, the clubs only oblige their members to conduct HCM ultrasounds, but do not implement regulations how abnormal results shall be dealt with.
The decision for the membership in a breed association is mostly influenced primarily by regional aspects, personal friendships, good exhibition organization and effective family tree exhibition.
From our point of view, his requires no change; we welcome the diversity that results from this fact.
Many clubs reject initiatives by individual members to merely include breed specific health tests in the statutes since they see some major problems in establishing essential breeding and exhibition guidelines.
Breeding associations which conduct exhibitions unfortunately also have to consider economic constraints.
In response to this diversity of interests, the IG Heart Healthy Cat wants to close this gap transcending breeds and clubs by offering dedicated breeders the opportunity to stand out from the mass of breeders by meeting the high standards of the IG in addition to their membership in one of the traditional breeding associations.
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There currently is no Breeder’s Association which binds its members to anywhere near as high standards as the IG Heart Healthy Cat has implemented in its statute and guidelines for quality assurance.
The herein established rules currently represent the maximum in breeding guidelines with respect to dealing with HCM.
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Currently the search for a new cat or a stud from catteries who conduct HCM ultrasounds is very difficult.
The IG wants to provide dedicated breeders with an overview of suitable candidates and thus reduce the hassle of digging through websites to a minimum.
The conviction of other breeders to decide to participate in an HCM health program also is considerably easier if one occurs as a community and not as an individual.
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Another key element of the duties of the IG is to inform buyers of purebred cats.
Only informed interested parties can make objective purchase decisions and initiate a general rethinking among the breeders scene by the consequent demand for kittens from catteries which regularly conduct and publish HCM ultrasounds.

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How do I join?

First, please read the following guidelines:

very carefully.

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These three guidelines are mandatory to all members!
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To become a member of the IG Heart Healthy Cat, breeders must meet the following conditions:
  • Proof of membership in a breeders association
  • Submission of the completed and signed membership application confirming you recognize the statute and guidelines for quality assurance of the IG Heart Healthy Cat
  • Submission of the completed and signed cattery stock form
  • Submission of the signed consent for publication of the results of ultrasounds

Note: The conduction and publication of HCM ultrasounds is necessary only when and for animals who are actively used for breeding.

The required forms are also available on our forms page for download.

Please fill in these forms, print and sign them in the marked sections. If you have got German/Austrian stamps, please enclose a stamped return envelope for your membership card (if you don’t have, we will charge your association account with the amount and will ask you for compensation with your next payment of your annual membership fee or the next fees for pedigrees) and send everything by post to one of the following addresses:

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If you are located in Austria:

    IG Heart Healthy Cat e. V.
    Att. Claudia Ziegelböck
    Stötten 26
    A-4661 Roitham

If you are located in Germany, Switzerland or other countries:

    IG Heart Healthy Cat e. V.
    Att.. Katrin Ritter
    ZiegeleistraĂźe 57
    D-67122 Altrip

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translated by Julia Vogl

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last update on 18 October 2012

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