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Meet the Cheetoh Cat

April 15, 2021

Do you know about the Cheetoh cat? If not, you’re not alone. These adorable cats are new. However, they are certainly capturing our imagination! A veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh cat below.


Origins

The Cheetoh cat was introduced by Carol Drymon. She set out to breed a cat 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. It may not be long before the breed gets official papers. 


Lineage

Cheetohs are crossed between Bengal and the Ociciat. One interesting fact is that this breed is bigger than both of its parents. This is rare. It isn’t a complete anomaly however. The same thing happens when lions and tigers mate. Ligers are bigger than their parents, too.


Cost

Cheetohs are expensive. Kittens average is around $800, but they may cost up to $1500. You may be able to find an elderly adult cat for less.


Coat

Cheetohs are similar in appearance to small cheetahs. Their fur definitely makes them stand out! Most Cheetoh cats have black spots against tan coats. They can also be black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed much, so they’re a good choice for people with allergies.


Temperament

Cheetoh cats make good pets. They are intelligent, active, and curious. They also love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly vocal, and have no problem 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 frisky yet very affectionate. In fact, they’re so gentle that some catteries guarantee a tame, friendly nature. However, they can get distressed if left alone for too long.


Food

Cheetohs must have a good diet. Ask your vet for specific advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: don’t feed your cat Cheetos!


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