Have you ever heard of the Cheetoh cat? If not, you’re not alone. These cute furballs are pretty new on the scene. However, they are melting a lot of hearts! A veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh below.
Cheetohs are actually a mix of the Bengal–which is itself a mix of the Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthair–and the Ocicat. It’s worth mentioning that Fluffy is bigger than both of her parents. This is a little bit unusual in the animal world, but it’s not unheard of. The same thing happens when lions and tigers mate: ligers, the resulting cross, are bigger than both of their parents, too.
The Cheetoh was first introduced in 2003 by a lady named Carol Drymon. She wanted a kitty that looked exotic, but had the lovable purrsonality of a typical housecat. The Cheetoh breed is currently still listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association, but it may not be long before Fluffy gets her official papers.
As the name suggests, Cheetohs look like tiny cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty coat definitely makes her stand out! Most Cheetoh cats have black spots on tan fur, but there are variations, such as black and silver. Another good thing about Cheetohs? They don’t shed much, so they’re a good choice for people with allergies.
Cheetoh cats make wonderful pets. They are smart, sweet, and curious. They also love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly vocal, and have no qualms about speaking their minds. Many of these cute kitties enjoy high places, and some even like water. (This is also true of many Bengals.) The Cheetoh is extremely frisky. You may find your kitty gets so impatient to play that she wakes you up for playtime! Fluffy is also very affectionate, and tends to be a lap cat. In fact, Cheetohs are so gentle that some catteries guarantee a loving, gentle nature. However, they’re very sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long.
Cheetohs are more expensive than your average housecat. Kittens average around $800, but they can cost up to $1500. However, you may be able to find a retired adult cat for less, if you’re willing to wait and/or travel a bit.
Proper nutrition is crucial for Cheetohs. Ask your vet for specific dietary advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: never feed your cat Cheetos!
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