You’re probably thinking, is that a typo? Doesn’t she mean cheetahs?But no, you read it correctly. Sadly, cheetohs are yet another hybrid species breeders have come up with to profit from.

What is a Cheetoh?

Cheetohs are a cross between a domestic Bengal cat (a wild Asian Leopard cat/domestic cat hybrid) and an Ocicat. Many people think an Ocicat is a hybrid that comes from crossing a wild Ocelot with a domestic cat – it’s not.

The Ocicat is completely domestic. They’re the result of interbreeding Abyssinian, Siamese, and American Shorthair cats. It’s the only spotted domestic breed selectively bred to emulate cats of the wild.

Why did Milo and Nala need to be rescued?

Not too long ago, I got a call from an out-of-state rescue group. They’d been contacted by their Fish & Game Department about 2 illegal hybrids there. In that state, any type of Bengal cat hybrids are illegal to own.

The owner of these 2 Cheetohs was told she had to get rid of them. And, since they were deemed to be hybrids, that meant they couldn’t go to an in-state rescue group either since it would be illegal to adopt them out.

Why we don’t support hybrid breeding

Every time I hear a story like this, it just reinforces why we need to educate the general public even more about the reality of owning hybrids – before they make a bad decision purchasing them, believing what breeders tell them.

Often, owners don’t check into state or local laws. And few know the real expense begins after they’ve paid enormous amounts for these cats. Hybrids can have medical and behavioral issues that are challenging – and expensive.

It’s heartbreaking for owners to have to “get rid” of their cats. They love them. And it’s just as upsetting for these cats to be uprooted from the only home they’ve known.

These are just some of the reasons why we do NOT support hybrid breeding. Read more HERE, along with firsthand stories from other hybrid owners.

With millions of cats being euthanized in shelters each year, I encourage everyone to adopt. If you want a Bengal or Hybrid, find one at a rescue. Save a life, please don’t encourage more exploitative breeding.

Bringing Milo and Nala home

It was a long day’s drive out-of-state to finally bring them home to the sanctuary.

Female Nala and male Milo are about 3 and 4 years old. They came from the same breeder. Not only do they look different, but their personalities are very different, too.

Milo has definitely got the personality of a Bengal cat. He’s active, energetic, playful, demanding, and very vocal! He snuggles in and takes over wherever he feels like it.

Nala, on the other hand, is very shy and definitely prefers the company of just one person. She’s already starting to come out of her shell and loves being pet and playing with catnip.

We know it’ll take some time for them to feel truly home, but we’ll take it at their pace. They’ll get lots of TLC from all of us, for sure.

If you’d like to welcome them into your heart by becoming their sponsor parent, that would be so wonderful for them.