About us

This section deals with:

How we operate

Cherie-Finesse Cattery deals with four groups of cats:
  • Modelling and Performing Cats
  • Breeding Cats
  • Showing Cats
  • In Memoriam Cats

Modelling and Performing Cats

  • The Cherie-Finesse cattery holds a proud track record in the international television commercial and stills advertising industry.
  • Several trained cats regularly work for Nestle Petcare Purina as brand breed for Gourmet and Fancy Feast.
  • Other clients include Toyota, Volkswagen Germany, Audi, Orange UK, Whiskas UK, Fancy Feast Australia, Lucky Pet UK, Hills UK, American Swiss, Nasionale Pers, Top Billing, The Charlie Jade TV series, the German hip-hop group Massive Tone, Woolworths, and more.

Breeding Cats

  • Cherie-Finesse Cattery breeds "long-nosed" Chinchilla cats since 1978.
  • Seven foundation cats were imported from the Dearheart bloodline of the late Jeanne Ramsdale (USA).
  • During 2007/9 eight more USA cats were imported from Diane Amble, L'Dearheart Cattery.
  • The welfare of our cats is our first priority.
  • Our cats are maintained in a homely, safe environment.
  • Kittens are raised being part of the family's day-to-day living.
  • To breed in large numbers, however, we are collaborating with like-minded breeders in an extended, international breeding program to preserve the Dearheart gene pool.
  • We became involved in the Burmilla breeding program in South Africa in 2011. 

Showing Cats

  • Cherie-Finesse is a well-known name in the world of cat shows in South Africa.
  • Our cats rank amongst the top in the country, with a proud list of finalists in the SACC Cat of the Year and Cape Top Cat competitions.
  • In 2006, Cherie-Finesse Vinette, owned by Dianne Amble, became our first CFA champion.
  • Cherie-Finesse ranked Top 5 SACC cattery in 2008.