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Meet the Cheetoh Cat
April 15, 2021

There’s a brand new kitty on the scene. The Cheetoh cat is melting hearts all over the country! Fluffy may not have been around for long, but she’s already got a strong fan base. A veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh cat below.


Origins

A lady named Carol Drymon introduced the Cheetoh cat back in 2003 by. She wanted a kitty that looked like a spotted wild cat, but had the friendly, lovable disposition of a typical housecat. The breed is currently listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association, but it may not take too long for Fluffy to get her official papers. 


Lineage

The Cheetoh is a cross between the Bengal–which is itself a mix of the domestic shorthair and the Asian Leopard cat–and the Ociciat. It’s worth mentioning that Fluffy is actually bigger than both of her parents. This is somewhat unusual in the animal world, but it isn’t a complete anomaly. The same thing happens when lions and tigers breed: ligers, the resulting cross, are also bigger than their parents.


Cost

Cheetohs do cost more than your average housecat. The kittens usually average around $800, but can cost up to $1500. However, you might find a retired adult cat for less if you look around.


Coat

Cheetohs llook a lot like miniature cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty coat definitely makes her stand out! Most Cheetoh cats have black spots against tan coats. There are some variations, though, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed a lot, so they’re a ‘purrfect’ choice for people with allergies.


Temperament

Cheetoh cats really do make wonderful pets. They are smart, mischievous, and playful, and they absolutely love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly vocal, and have no qualms about speaking their minds! Many of them really enjoy high places, and, unlike most kitties, some of them actually like water. (This is also true of many Bengals.) The Cheetoh is also very high-spirited. You may find that Fluffy  gets so impatient to play that she wakes you up for playtime! These adorable furballs are usually cuddlebugs, and they often tend to be lap cats. In fact, they’re so gentle that some catteries actually guarantee a tame, friendly nature. Just keep in mind that, like any other highly sociable cat, they can get distressed if left alone for too long.


Food

Feeding Fluffy a good diet is very important. Ask your vet for specific advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: never feed your cat Cheetos!


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