Meet the Cheetoh Cat

Have you heard of the Cheetoh cat? If not, you’re not alone. These cute kitties are fairly new on the scene. However, Fluffy is certainly melting hearts! A vet discusses the Cheetoh cat below.


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


Cheetohs look more or less like pint-sized cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty fur definitely makes her stand out! Cheetoh cats usually have black spots against tan coats. However, there are variations, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed very much, so they’re a good choice for people with allergies.


Cheetohs are a bit pricier than your average housecat. Kittens typically average around $800, but can cost up to $1500. However, you may be able to find a retired adult for less.


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


Cheetoh cats are wonderful pets. They are intelligent, active, and curious, and love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly vocal, and have no qualms about speaking their minds! Many of them enjoy high places, and some actually like water. (This is also true of many Bengals.) The Cheetoh is extremely frisky. You may find your feline buddy gets so impatient for playtime that she wakes you up for it. These adorable furballs are also very affectionate, and tend to be lap cats. In fact, they’re so gentle that some catteries actually guarantee a tame, friendly nature. Fluffy is also very sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long. 


Proper nutrition is crucial for Cheetohs. Ask your vet for specific advice on this. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: never feed your kitty Cheetos!

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