There’s a new kitty in town! The Cheetoh cat hasn’t been around for long, but these cute kitties are certainly melting hearts! A veterinarian discusses the Cheetoh cat below.
Fluffy was first introduced in 2003 by a lady named Carol Drymon. Drymon wanted a cat that looked like an exotic cat, but had the lovable temperament of a typical domestic housecat. The breed is listed as ‘experimental’ by the International Cat Association, but we suspect it won’t be long before Fluffy gets her official papers.
The Cheetoh is actually a cross between the Bengal–which is itself a mix of the domestic shorthair and the Asian Leopard cat–and the Ocicat. It’s worth mentioning that Fluffy is actually 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: ligers, the resulting cross, are bigger than their parents, too.
As their name suggests, Cheetohs look more or less like tiny cheetahs. Fluffy’s pretty fur definitely makes her stand out! Most Cheetoh cats have black spots against tan coats. There are variations, though, including black and silver. Cheetohs don’t shed very much, so they’re a purrfect choice for people with allergies.
Cheetoh cats really are wonderful pets. These pretty felines are intelligent, active, and curious. They also love to cuddle. Like Bengals, Cheetohs are fairly vocal, and have no qualms 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 frisky. You may find your feline buddy gets so impatient to play that she wakes you up for playtime! Fluffy is also very affectionate, and will likely be a lap cat. In fact, Cheetohs are 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.
Cheetohs are a bit 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.
A good diet is crucial for Cheetohs. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice. Hopefully, this goes without saying, but we may as well mention it: never feed your kitty Cheetos!
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