There’s a new kitty in town, and she’s pretty adorable! The Cheetoh Cat is a feline with ferocious looks combined with the temperament of a domesticated shorthair. These cute kitties are definitely melting hearts! A local veterinarian discusses this amazing breed below.

Origins

The Cheetoh cat was first introduced by a breeder named Carol Drymon back in 2003. Her goal was to breed a cat that looked exotic, but had the temperament of a typical housecat. The breed is currently listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association. But, it probably won’t be long before the Cheetoh cat gets official papers.

Lineage

Cheetohs are a cross between the Bengal and the Ocicat. The Bengal is a mix of the Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthair. It’s worth mentioning that Fluffy is 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 and breed. Ligers, the resulting cross, are bigger than their parents, too.

Cost

Cheetoh cats are quite expensive. Kittens usually average around $800, but can cost up to $1500. However, if you look around, and perhaps wait a little while, you may be able to find a retired adult cat for less.

Coat

As the name suggests, Cheetohs look like small cheetahs. Their fur makes them stand out. Most of these pretty kitties have black spots against tan coats, but there are variations, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed much, so they’re a good choice for people with allergies.

Temperament

A Cheetoh cat can make a great addition to your home. They are smart, energetic, curious, and lovable. Like Bengals, they are talkative, and have no problems speaking their minds! Many of them enjoy high places, and some like water. (This is also true of many Bengals.) The Cheetoh is also frisky. You may find your kitty getting so impatient to play that she wakes you up for playtime! These canines are also very affectionate, and tend to be lap cats. In fact, they’re so gentle that some breeders guarantee that their furballs will have a tame, friendly nature. But, they’re very sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long.

Food

A good well balanced diet is important for Cheetohs. 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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