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The cat’s papers: which documents are indispensable or recommended for a sale or a donation?

The cat’s papers: You have your identity card, your passport, your health card. Your cat has his own papers. Some are mandatory while others are optional.

                                 Summary

1.Papers related to his health and identity
                                                                 2. Papers attesting to his race and a cession

the cat's papers

Some of your cat’s papers are mandatory, others are only useful in certain circumstances, some are related to his breed, his pedigree, others to his health.

The cat’s papers related to health and identity

The identification card

The identification card corresponds to your ID card. It is issued when you tattoo your cat or when it is identified by a microchip. It includes all its characteristics and your contact information, it identifies your cat and yourself. When a cat is transferred, this identification card must be sent to the new owner.

The vaccination record (and/or health record)

A health record is not mandatory. Usually, the veterinarian will give it to you when your cat is first vaccinated. It includes the cat’s name, date of birth, breed and special signs. You will also find the cat’s identification number. It allows you to keep track of vaccination updates and keeps a record of any surgical procedures that may have been performed. If your cat must be accommodated in a boarding house, you will be asked for this booklet.

The European passport

This official document is issued by the veterinarian. It gradually replaces the health record. As soon as he is identified by an electronic chip and has had the rabies vaccination, your cat can receive a European passport. Since July 2009, this passport is the only document certifying the rabies vaccination and it is mandatory to travel outside of France. It also indicates your full contact information, your cat’s identification and the various medical procedures.

The birth certificate

If your pet is a pedigree cat, it will have a birth certificate that corresponds to the provisional pedigree. The declaration of mating and birth must be sent by the breeder to the Official Book of Feline Origins (LOOF) within two months after the birth of the kittens. It is the first step of a pedigree application.

The cat’s papers attesting of breed and a transfer

The cat’s pedigree

The pedigree is your cat’s family tree. It is the document that certifies that you own a pedigree cat and that it is registered in the LOOF. It is a judge who delivers the pedigree at the time of the confirmation. The latter allows you to verify that your cat has all the characteristics of its breed.

The certificate of transfer

When you buy your cat, the seller must give you a transfer certificate (or certificate of sale) to confirm that you are the new owner. It mentions the identity of the cat, its breed and its price.

The veterinary certificate before the sale or donation

Whether it is a sale or a donation, it is mandatory for the owner to consult a veterinarian to have a veterinary certificate completed in advance. This document details the clinical examination that has been done and allows for the identification of possible abnormalities on your kitten. This document gives you an idea of the kitten’s state of health at the time of the sale or donation and helps fight against cat trafficking. The transferor keeps a copy.


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