Vivace is registered with the Feline Association of South Australia [FASA] and the Governing Council of the Cat fancy of SA [GCSA]. We show our cats regularly - this is largely to give the public an opportunity to see these breeds. Somalis in particular are not well-known. We have achieved a good deal of show success, including many best in group and best of breed placings. We have also bred several "Somalis of the Year" , Abyssinians of the year, and also Group 3 desexed cat of the year, and National Abyssinian awards. We have also won best group 3 prefix in FASA in 2003, 2005 and 2006 & 2007. The cats we take out revel in the attention; they are natural show-offs and do attract a lot of attention from other exhibitors and public alike!
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Vivace Cattery was established in 2000 in Adelaide, South Australia. It is operated by Evelyn and Rita Bruche
Our first Somali cats were Sarek, Tomalak and Lovok from the Biegatti cattery. Testament to this breeds' addictive nature :-) this interest led to exhibiting and then breeding.
We became interested in the silver colours, As they say "fools rush in" :-) and we began our breeding career not only by importing cats from Denmark, but by working with Silver Somalis! Well, many said we were mad, however we don't believe in half-measures so with the addition of a local [from Queensland] tawny Somali, and a Silver Aby from NSW, Vivace Cattery was born. Now we have expanded to breeding non-silver colours.
It is a great source of joy to us to see the subsequent generations of these cats bringing happiness to their new families.You can share this with our family albums... lots of happy cats in happy homes.
Also on this site you can meet the breeding cats, past, present and future, learn about the characteristics of the Somali and Abyssinian breeds and see many, many pictures of these gorgeous cats. There are also articles and info sheets available for download, along with our cattery brochure. Please email us if you would like more information on anything, and check our kittens page for availablity of kittens.
Please be advised that the site is graphics intensive - please be patient!
We hope you enjoy your visit.
Rita & Evelyn Bruche
Our sincerest thanks go to the following people who have allowed us to have and work with their wonderful cats. We promise always to treat your cats with love and your lines with respect.
Teresa Guldager (Dushara)
Janet Chrobok (Ikati)
Fiona Mangan (Nivalis)
Eileen & Karel Pittaway (Merindalee)
Sylvia Cooper & Maureen Campbell (Glenmaulyn)
How it Started
Somalis and Abys love to be the centre of attention. Not only have our cats "starred" at shows, but they have been featured in print and internet media. Photographers from Whiskas visited to take some pictures for a breed poster - they stayed hours longer than planned, and took 40 rolls of film as the cats kept performing with such enthusiasm! Three of our cats represent their breed on the Whiskas Cat Breeds of the World poster, and new pictures keep popping up on the Whiskas, Dine and Catmatch websites. follow the links and see how many you can spot!
Our cats live in the house with us where possible, and outside in spacious runs when necessary. We make sure that we have lots of contact with them and we do whatever we can to ensure that they are as happy as possible. This includes keeping cats in groups [including the males] and keeping their working lives short so that they can go back to their main function in life, as companion animals. We are always looking to improve and extend their living quarters.
We maintain an ongoing testing program for PK-deficiency, and do not conduct any matings that could result in affected cats. [for more info on this heritable disorder, see Breeds page]
To maintain kitten placement policies that are in accordance with responsible cat ownership and have minimal impact on the environment
To increase the local and international gene pools by creating new and diverse bloodlines and importing new cats
To provide an ongoing advisory role to kitten buyers to enhance their enjoyment of their family companion.
To promote and increase the good reputation of our chosen breeds
To ensure that our breeding practices do not compromise the well-being of any individual cat or cats.
To leave a lasting positive contribution to our breeds
Upcoming matings and litters read more.....
2009 FASA END OF YEAR AWARDS:
BEST SOMALI ENTIRE OF 2009
GDGCH VIVACE VIRTUOSO
BEST SOMALI NEUTER OF 2009
GDGCH VIVACE EL TIGRE DE ORO [OWNED BY LORI FERGUSSON]
BEST SOMALI KITTEN OF 2008
VIVACE WINTER MOON
BEST ABYSSINIAN EXHIBIT OF 2009
GDGCH VIVACE ORPHEUS
RESERVE GROUP 3 ENTIRE OF 2009
GDGCH VIVACE VIRTUOSO
BEST GROUP 3 PREFIX OF 2008
To breed kittens of good health and temperament that conform to the breed standards
2010 GCSA END OF YEAR AWARDS
TBA AFTER 12/12/10
BEST ABYSSINIAN ENTIRE OF 2009
GDGCH VIVACE ORPHEUS
RESERVE ABYSSINIAN ENTIRE OF 2009
GCH VIVACE MERINDALEE MARDI GRAS
BEST ABYSSINIAN NEUTER OF 2009
GPR [GOLD GR CH] VIVACE THE BIG KAHUNA [OWNED BY KATHRYN HILL]
BEST SOMALI ENTIRE OF 2009: GDGCH VIVACE VIRTUOSO
BEST SOMALI NEUTER OF 2009
GDGCH VIVACE EL TIGRE DE ORO
RESERVE SOMALI NEUTER OF 2009
ACF AOE, CCCA GR CH, GDGPR VIVACE HAZY SHADE OF WINTER
RESERVE GROUP 3 PREFIX
Click over to visit Hazy's own online boutique - at CafePress for Somali themed giftware and apparel - 2011 Somali Cat calendars out now - the perfect gift for your cat-loving friends!
And Aby lovers are not forgotten - they have a shop too at cafepress called Abycadabra. click on link below
It is with deep sadness that we notify of the passing of our beloved Sarek, one of the first 2 Somalis in our lives. His beautiful spirit passed from his ailing body in the early hours of Boxing Day, 2008. He had been battling with diabetes and other underlying illness for most of the year, and had a good quality of life for that time. However, he lost the battle and we could only release him from his suffering.
Sarek was such a dear friend to us, and greeted our guests with his delightfully kooky and charming manner, insisting on attention at all times. He would engage in lengthy conversations with us, often punctuated by reaching out with his large paw and pressing us on the nose. Parp! He would often interrupt conversations with others by patting them on the back, to put the focus back on what was really important. ME! He was outrageous, even for a Somali.
He made waves as a show neuter in his early life, with his rich ruddy colour, clear to the roots and perfect profile. He gained the top title in Governing Council of South Australia, and became Reserve Foreign Shorthair Neuter of 1999, and achieved Best Foreign Shorthair of 2000. He was usually Best of Breed. He is featured on the Whiskas Somali breed profile, and their Cats of the World poster.
He is survived by litter brother Biegatti Tomalak Mau, and younger brother Biegatti Lovok Mau. His other litter brother, Biegatti Zeus, is behind many notable Somalis in Australia, and our own Vivace Gidget, Vivace Orpheus and Vivace La Traviata.
Our darling boy, you gave us so much, unbounded love and you changed our lives.
We adore you Sir, and we will miss you forever. Evelyn and Rita
GDGPR BIEGATTI SAREK MAU