Meet the Cheetoh Cat

There’s a new kitty in town! Have you heard of the Cheetoh cat? If not, you’re not alone. These guys may have not been around for long, but they are certainly melting hearts! A veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh cat below.


A lady named Carol Drymon introduced the Cheetoh cat back in 2003 by. She wanted a kitty that looked exotic, but had the lovable and cuddly temperament of the typical housecat. The Cheetoh breed is currently still listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association. However, it may not be long before Fluffy gets her official papers. 


Cheetoh cats are a mix of the Bengal–which is itself a cross between the Asian Leopard cat and the domestic shorthair–and the Ocicat. One interesting thing about this mix? Fluffy is actually bigger than both of her parents. This is a little bit unusual in the animal world, but it’s not a complete anomaly. The same thing happens when lions and tigers mate: the resulting cross,the liger, is also bigger than its parents.


Cheetohs do cost more than your average housecat. Kittens usually go for around $800, but can cost up to $1500. However, if you wait and/or look around a bit, you might be able to find a retired adult cat for less.


Cheetohs look more or less like miniature cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty coat definitely makes her stand out! Most of these pretty kitties have black spots against tan coats. There are variations, though, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed much, so they’re a ‘purrfect’ choice for people with allergies.


Cheetoh cats are intelligent, active, and curious. Like Bengals, they are fairly vocal, and have no qualms about telling you their thoughts on, well, everything. Many of them enjoy high places, like bookcases. Some of them actually like to play in water, a trait they likely inherited from Bengals. The Cheetoh is also extremely frisky. You may find your furry buddy gets so impatient to play that she actually wakes you up for playtime! These adorable furballs are also very affectionate, and tend to be lap cats. In fact, they’re so gentle that some breeders actually guarantee a tame, friendly nature. However, they’re very sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long. You may want to get Fluffy a buddy.


Proper nutrition is important for any cat, but it’s especially crucial for Cheetohs. Ask your veterinarian for specific advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: don’t feed Fluffy Cheetos!

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