Have you hear d of the Cheetoh cat? These adorable kitties are fairly new on the scene. However, they are certainly melting hearts! In this article, a local veterinarian discusses the charming Cheetoh cat.
The Cheetoh cat was first introduced by a lady named Carol Drymon in 2003. She wanted a kitty that looked like an exotic cat, but had the lovable temperament of a typical housecat. The breed is currently still listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association. However, it may not be long before Fluffy gets her official papers.
Cheetohs are a cross between the Ocicat and the Bengal, which is itself a mix of the Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthair. It’s worth mentioning that Fluffy is actually bigger than both of her parents. This is a little unusual in the animal world, but it’s not a complete anomaly. The same thing happens when lions and tigers mate: ligers, the resulting cross, are bigger than their parents, too.
As the name suggests, Cheetohs look more or less like tiny cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty spotted coat definitely makes her stand out! Most Cheetoh cats have tan coats with black spots, but there are variations, such as black and silver. Another great thing about Cheetohs? They don’t shed much. This makes them a great choice for people with allergies.
Cheetoh cats are quite a bit more expensive than your average housecat. Kittens average around $800, but can go for up to $1500. However, you may be able to find a retired adult cat for less.
Cheetoh cats are intelligent, active, and curious. They also love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly talkative kitties, 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 also extremely frisky. You may find Fluffy gets so impatient to play that she wakes you up for playtime! These adorable furballs are also very affectionate, and tend to be cuddly, loving, lap cats. In fact, they’re so gentle that some catteries guarantee a tame, friendly nature. However, they’re very sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long.
A good diet is crucial for Cheetohs. Ask your vet for specific advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: never feed your feline buddy Cheetos!
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