There is a fast-spreading pedigree kitten scam doing the rounds. Scamsters are using the name and cattery name of registered breeders, creating credible-looking email addresses and are marketing kittens at exorbitant prices and even more exorbitant shipping fees. Of course the kittens do not exist and once payment has been received, the ‘breeder’ vanishes and the number no longer works. Some complainants have mentioned "West Africa/French accents" when they did, in early phases of the buying process, spoken to these fraudulent "breeders".
We urge you to please do due diligence and confirm email addresses and telephone numbers of breeders with the 3 South African cat registration bodies before responding to any adverts. If what is seen in an advert or email differs from what the registration bodies’ supply, BE AWARE! All reputable breeders would have to be registered with at least one of these bodies. Also see http://www.kittycat.co.za/warning-kitten-scams/
I cannot believe that COTY is almost upon us once again- there are only a few shows left, so I’m sure that many of you are starting to get anxious about whether you will qualify or not. Please do not allow anxiousness to become unpleasant – all exhibitors would love to qualify but there are limited “places” to fill, so even if your cat doesn’t make it- be excited and happy for the owners whose cats do qualify.
Rand Cat Club will be hosting this year’s COTY which is being generously sponsored by Royal Canin.
The World Cat Congress was held in Miami, Florida, USA in March and the SACC Treasurer, Jan van Rooyen, attended as SACC Delegate. The report from this congress will appear in the next newsletter.
SACC will once again be in charge of the Cat Hall at WODAC this year. Please contact the SACC Office if you are able to help in any way at WODAC- this is a busy weekend for Jan and his Show Team and all assistance will be welcomed with open arms. Unfortunately shows don’t get put together by themselves-
they take a lot of hard work, time and effort by a few dedicated people; perhaps everyone should remember this when “the undercurrent grumbling” begins at shows or on social network sites.
Good Luck for COTY.