Cheetahs For Sale

Although Cheetahs being kept as captive pets are not as common in the United States due to strict regulations, captive Cheetahs are not uncommon exotic pets, especially in the United Arab Emirates. Throughout history, keeping Cheetahs as pets has been a sign of wealth and not much has changed to today. Cheetahs have been kept by the likes of celebrities and the wealthy such as Phyllis Gordon and Josephine Baker. They also make great hunting companions in African and Middle Eastern countries.

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Pet Cheetah

The most common misconception about keeping this big cat is its level of safety. Among tigers, lions, and leopards, it's Cheetahs that are far safer to keep as pets. Cheetahs are the only animal of its class allowed to be in contact with humans in zoo habitats. Zookeepers often carry only weapons of intimidation such as rakes or brooms, if any at all. Typical behavior of a Cheetah when a human approaches is to flee rather than pounce like lions or tigers. This is because of the Cheetah's instincts and diet. Cheetahs do not view human beings as prey like other big cats do. In fact, Cheetahs are less likely to attack humans than some dogs.

Cheetahs are very selective of which mid-sized animals they will prey on. They weigh about 100 pounds and have smaller heads than other animals of its class, which means they don't have the muscular strength and agility to take down larger animals (or humans). They know their place within the food chain. In captivity, Cheetahs require very specific ratios of calcium and other vital nutrients. They are fed a carnivore's diet with whole prey for the health of their teeth and whole body, as well as supplements such as vitamins D, A, and E. Cheetahs not well provided for may lack the nutrients to feed their cubs, abandon their cubs or even eat their own cubs. This is one of many obstacles they and their owners suffer in captivity.

Housing a Cheetah

The most successful environments for Cheetah captivity and breeding have been in zoological facilities. Their success rate for breeding has been just above 40%. Other environment's success rates drop drastically. Zoos have been successful because they usually provide the best for their Cheetahs; adequate space (a football field worth of room for Cheetah families), extensive knowledge of their social structure and diet, and previous experience. However, Cheetahs are also easily stressed by zoo visitors.

Cheetahs need stimulation like any dog or cat would. Exercise is a staple to keep your Cheetah happy. Well known for being the fastest animal in the world, the Cheetah enjoys running in short bursts, like they would after prey in the wild. There are mechanical “toys” that serve this very purpose. They also enjoy seeing their prey. In the wild, they would knock their prey to the ground and bite their necks lethally.

The wildest pets, especially those who are candidates to be re-released into the wild, need the closest replication of environment and stimulation. Cheetahs live to be up to 8 years in the wild, but can live up to 17 in captivity, so it's important to establish it's future plans as soon as possible. If the animal is being “rehabilitated” and considered for release, it needs to have as little “imprinting” with humans as possible.

If you have the opportunity to own a Cheetah, it's likely been captured in an African country and less likely captive bred because of its well-known lack of success. Importing them into the United States is extremely difficult, so you will not likely see them here, even within zoological facilities. Africa, United Arab Emirates and some West Asian countries are the most likely you'll see the exotic animals being sold or auctioned off legally (although they may or may not have been obtained legally).


  • Justin on September 6
    For those of you saying go buy a domesticated animal do you not realize domesticated animals were once wild and free too? How is it any different to raise or breed animals from that still live in the wild. Most wild animals being kept as pets were born in captivity as it is. So they can live out their days in a cage at a zoo or with a person who will love them like they’re part of their family.
  • Anonymous on January 14
    Conserve them in the wild, where they belong, not in your home or in your backyard, that's just unnatural.
  • O on June 26
    Victoria shut up you don’t know what your talking about. Your like a little kid after watching a Disney movie about a hamster wanting to be free.
  • O on June 26
    Cheetahs are super hard to come by. But I am determined to breed them it would be really awesome to help conserve a species and care for a new wildcat
  • Stuart on June 18
    If somebody captures a cheetah out of the wild bring some home put them on a leash and then forces him to live in close quarters in a cage just be comes back to the cage feeds them and that’s basically he’s at his existence. In this case I would say this is disgusting animal abuse and the person who perpetrated this heinous act of the cheetah should be killed killed killed and the animals should be returned to the wild. But they give you a second example let’s say the mother of the cheetah was viciously killed by a lion and orphan cub who could barely open his eyes was found by lovely man man and woman and they took him home brought them into the house nursed. And basically raised him as their own child this cheetah six of them is his parents there’s a mutual love that going on there but she is well taken care of Dave make sure he has proper ground to exercise but he gets to sleep in a nice bed at night they’ve got himself animal Aquaitences s like dogs that are his best friends. This cheetah gets to live a wonderful life he doesn’t have to worry about his ass getting eaten by a lion or by a fucking crocodile and he’s very happy at the people that own him a very happy it’s one big lovefest. So my question is do you think that these people should return this cheetah to the wild ???
  • Victoria Alejandra Martinez Agudelo on May 13
    they are no pets they are supposed to be running in the wild what is the problem with human kind, those wild animals are supposed to be free,if you want a pet adopt how many dogs and cats are in animal shelters go and adopt they deserve another chance of being love,and don't buy hybrid animals wild animals and domestic animals weren't created to be mixed with domestic animals,respect nature,because is more beautiful to see wild animals running in the wild than in a cage as pets.