Cat lovers, rejoice! There’s a new furball on the scene!
The Cheetoh cat hasn’t been around for long, but is already melting hearts! A veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh cat below.
The Cheetoh cat was introduced by a breeder named Carol Drymon in 2003. She wanted to breed a cat that looked like a spotted wild cat, but had the lovable purrsonality of a typical housecat. The International Cat Association currently has these kitties listed as an ‘experimental’ breed, but it may not be long before Fluffy gets her official papers.
Cheetohs are a cross between the Bengal cat, which is itself a mix of the Asian Leopard cat and domestic shorthair, and the Ocicat. 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 breed: ligers, the resulting offspring, are bigger than their parents, too.
Cheetohs are somewhat more expensive than your average housecat. Kittens average around $800, but can cost as much as $1500. However, you may be able to find a retired adult cat for less.
Cheetohs are certainly well named. They look more or less like tiny cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty fur definitely makes her stand out! Most of these pretty kitties have black spots against tan coats. There are variations, though, including black and silver. Cheetohs are not heavy shedders, so they’re a ‘purrfect’ choice for people with allergies.
Cheetoh cats are wonderful pets. They are intelligent, active, and curious, and love to cuddle. Like Bengals, they are fairly talkative, and aren’t shy 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 extremely playful. Fluffy may get so impatient to play that she will actually wake you up just for playtime! These adorable furballs are also very cuddly, and tend to be lap cats. In fact, they’re so gentle that some catteries even 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 two kittens, so your pet has a buddy.
Proper nutrition is important for all cats, but 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 cat Cheetos!
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