Have you heard of the Cheetoh cat? If not, you’re not alone. These cute kitties are fairly new on the scene. However, they are certainly melting hearts. A local vet discusses the Cheetoh cat below.
The Cheetoh cat was first introduced in 2003 by a lady named Carol Drymon. She wanted a kitty that looked like a spotted wild cat, but had the temperament of a typical housecat. The breed is currently listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association, and are registered with the United Feline Organization. It may not be long before they are officially recognized by the CFA.
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 the Cheetoh is actually bigger than both of her parents. This is a bit unusual in the animal world, but it isn’t a complete anomaly. This also happens when lions and tigers mate. Ligers, the resulting lion/tiger cross, are bigger than both its parents, too.
Cheetoh cats are very pretty. They look a lot like tiny Cheetahs, as the name suggests. Most have black spots against tan coats. However, there are variations, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed a lot, so they are a good choice for people with allergies.
Cheetohs are more expensive than your average house cat. Kittens can cost up to $1500, though the average price tag is around $800. You might be able to get a ‘retired’ adult cat for less.
Cheetoh cats are wonderful pets. They’re frisky, playful, and mischievous. Like the Bengal, they are quite vocal, and aren’t shy about speaking their minds! You may find that your feline pal enjoys high places, and may even like water. (This is also true of many Bengal cats.) Cheetohs are very lovable lapcats. In fact, they’re so gentle and affectionate that some catteries guarantee a tame, friendly nature. However, they are quite sociable, and can get distressed if left alone for too long. If Fluffy will be spending a lot of time by herself, consider getting her a buddy.
For the most part, caring for a Cheetoh is just like caring for any other cat. Fluffy needs good food, clean water and litterboxes, and veterinary care. Ask your vet for more information.
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