Have you ever heard of the Cheetoh cat? These cute furballs are fairly new on the scene. However, they are certainly melting a lot of hearts! A local veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh cat below.
The Cheetoh is a cross between the Bengal–which is a mix between the Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthair–and the Ocicat. It’s worth mentioning that the Cheetoh is actually bigger than both of her parents. This is kind of unusual in the animal world, but it isn’t a complete anomaly. The same thing happens when lions and tigers breed: ligers, the resulting offspring, are also bigger than their parents.
The Cheetoh cat was first introduced by a lady named Carol Drymon in 2003. Drymon wanted a kitty that looked like a spotted wild cat, but had the lovable temperament of a typical housecat. She got it! This adorable breed is currently still listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association, but it might not be long before Fluffy gets her official papers.
Cheetoh cats are somewhat 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 than that.
Cheetohs look a lot like tiny cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty coat definitely makes her stand out! Most Cheetoh cats have black spots against tan fur. There are some variations, though, including black and silver. These pretty kitties don’t shed much, so they’re a good choice for people with allergies.
Cheetoh cats are wonderful pets. These kitties are intelligent, active, playful, and curious, and love to cuddle. Like the Bengals, they are pretty vocal, and aren’t exactly shy about speaking their minds! Many of them enjoy high places, so don’t be surprised if Fluffy likes to hang out on your bookcase. Some actually like water.
The Cheetoh is extremely frisky. In fact, they are sometimes so impatient to play that they wake their humans up for playtime! They are also very affectionate, and tend to be lap cats and cuddle bugs. 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. You may want to get Fluffy a buddy.
A good diet 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 Fluffy Cheetos!
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