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Meet the Cheetoh Cat

April 15, 2021

There’s a new kitty on the scene. The Cheetoh cat is an affectionate, adorable furball that is certainly melting hearts! A vet discusses the Cheetoh cat below.


Origins

The Cheetoh cat breed was developed in 2003 by a woman named Carol Drymon. She wanted a cat that had the looks of a spotted wild cat, but the lovable, affectionate temperament of a typical housecat. She got her wish with the Cheetoh! The breed is listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association, but it may not be very long before Fluffy gets her official papers. 


Lineage

Cheetohs kitties are actually a cross of Bengasl–which are a mix of the Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthair–and the Ocicat. Fluffy is actually bigger than both of her parents. This is a little bit unusual in the animal world, but it isn’t a complete anomaly. The same thing happens when lions and tigers mate. The resulting cross, the liger, is bigger than its parents, too.


Cost

Cheetoh kitties are more expensive than your average housecat. Kittens usually average around $800, but can co st as much as $1500. However, you may be able to find a retired adult kitty for less.


Coat

The Cheetoh looks more or less like a tiny cheetah. Fluffy’s pretty coat definitely makes her stand out! Most of the time, Cheetoh cats have black spots on tan coats. There are different variations, though, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed very much, so they’re a good choice for people with allergies.


Temperament

Cheetoh cats really do make wonderful pets. They’re intelligent, lively, and curious, if not downright nosy. They also love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly vocal, and have no qualms about speaking their minds! Many of these adorable furballs enjoy high places, and some actually like water. (This is also true of many Bengals.) The Cheetoh is known for being extremely frisky. Fluffy sometimes gets so impatient to play that she wakes her humans up for playtime! These adorable furballs are also very affectionate, and tend to be lap cats.  Actually, they’re so gentle that some catteries guarantee a tame, friendly personality. However, they are very sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long.


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As with any other cat, Cheetohs need a good diet. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: never feed your feline buddy Cheetos!


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