The Recovery of Cheeto the Cat

A man spotted a hungry, dirty, flea infested kitty in Virginia. Though he was from out of state, and was there working on an independent film, it didn’t stop him from bringing the kitty to a safe place, cleaning him up, and nursing him back to health. This is the story of Cheeto’s recovery: from a little homeless ginger to a happy kitty who now has a place to call home.

Little Cheeto was found out in the woods. He was famished and “Battling the cold, starvation, dehydration, and covered in bugs, fleebies, and his own mess- the little guy is worn out. 1 lb 2 oz,” Reddit user Chasemburger wrote. “We named him CHEETO because his body was so skinny and his head was so big in comparison- like Chester Cheetah.”

“My mom adopted him- well, I let him stay in her apt. for one night and that’s all it took. Cheeto’s new home!” said Chasemburger.

He found the kitten out in the woods. Cheeto was a bag of bones. Reddit user Chasemburger didn’t have anything but a subway sandwich. “He liked Subway or really any food at that point.”

Exhausted. The little guy is worn out, weighing in at only 1 lb 2 oz

A nap time before bath time.

Chasemburger wrote: He was covered in at least a couple hundred fleebies and serious grime. That water was clear before we dunked him.

First time on all fours exploring

His safe place before they took him on a plane

They flew him home with them. 3 weeks later, he couldn’t stop playing

Now he has fully recovered at 5 lbs.

Photos by Chasemburger via reddit and imgur.

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44 Responses to “The Recovery of Cheeto the Cat”

  1. LeoMoon says:

    He’ll Love you forever!

  2. Sherry says:

    What a sweetheart. Thank you for caring enough to save his little life. Rescued animals make the best house pets. They appreciate a good home.

  3. Debra Olsen says:

    Wonderful rescue story not unlike the little calico I rescued a month ago ~ minus the fleas, thank goodness. Thank you, Sir, for your generous actions. :-)

  4. Jeff says:

    What a great story and what a handsome little boy Cheetos has grown into!

  5. Kim Ware says:

    Bless you Bless you!! what a wonderful home this cute little boy has xox

  6. vix says:

    He is GORGEOUS – what a transformation! This man is a hero in my book.

  7. Leigh says:

    Real men are kind to animals!!!

  8. Christine Aspinall says:

    What a beautiful kitten! Thank you so much for rescuing him! You have a big heart! :)

  9. Rozy says:

    Cheetos is indeed very lucky to hv met u. Bless you.

  10. KateM says:

    I agree with Leigh — real men are kind to animals. Guys who like cats have a special quality of heart and mind.

  11. julecm1 says:

    He’s a beauty and you are a prince for rescuing him. What a sweet “bromance”!

  12. Jazzpjd says:

    a lucky lucky boy indeed. Both of you- thank you for having such a wonderful heart.

  13. Katlynn says:

    Omg this brought tears to eyes… What a lovely story! I thank god there are still good people! Awesome man!

  14. Anna says:

    I have big tears in my eyes, beautiful.

  15. KellyAnne says:

    So sweet! Glad he has a family now.

  16. EJ says:

    terrific rescue story to what would have been a horribly short and miserable life for Cheeto.

  17. Legam says:

    Thank you. You are a godsend and Cheeto is so lucky to have met you.

  18. Cattywumpus says:

    That is so true about real men and animals! Especially cat-loving men! Cheeto is one lucky kitty – what a wonderful transformation.

  19. pumbie says:

    What a lovely happy ending, I love the picture in the basket. Cheeto has become a handsome boy!.

  20. Alice Kemp says:

    What a wonderful person you are for being so kind-hearted and compassionate. You know, it takes a real man to incorporate traits like that into his personality. I wish more men could be like you. Thank you for caring.

  21. sledpress says:

    What a good little ginger boy. I love to see him playing with his leaf, just as my old ginger Maine cat used to do. Hurray for men who love cats!

  22. Judy says:

    Thank You Sir!!! You are a sweetheart. This baby boy will love you forever. I wish our world could be filled with hearts like yours.

  23. Della says:

    Wonderful story!

  24. Tucker says:





    WHAT A HAPPY STORY!! (((((((((-:

  25. Danie says:

    What a little cutie!

  26. Iffat says:

    Thank you for rescuing this sweet boy.

  27. Maria Grobbelaar says:

    Thank you for saving Cheeto….he would not have made it without you…..he is such a beautiful cat…. love, caring, food and all things good..Maria.

  28. Yolanda says:

    Thank you for saving him! what a wonderful story for Cheeto. <3

  29. Angela M. says:

    Thank you for rescuing this baby. One day, you’ll have a special place in a corner of heaven where all the animals play. I hope to be there, myself, to greet all my babies, past, present, and future.

  30. monica says:

    what a cutie and so is CHeeto!!!! can I adopt them both?? his guy is my hero. there is not too much better than a big strong handsome man, saving an innocent helpless little baby.

  31. Lucca says:

    God Bless you and this beautiful gift. You can look forward to many years of love!

  32. Geoff says:

    Thank you for saving him! This story warms my heart.

  33. JR says:

    warms the heart to know that someone would take time to resique onwe of Gods beautiful fur babies. bless you.

  34. God bless you and cheeto

  35. Ingrid says:

    Thank you so much for rescueing him. I wish you all a long and happy life :)

  36. Amber says:

    Awwww….TY for saving Cheeto & sharing his story <3

  37. Juan-Marie Bower says:

    Stories like this restores my faith in humans :)

  38. OmegaFox says:

    that grime is… wow! :O
    but my, he is a handsome cat! you’re a kind person to save him, sir!

  39. Linda N. says:

    Hi Cheeto! I’m so happy you were found and are healthy living in a loving home. You are adorable.

  40. ursulina says:

    what a lucky little guy to have been rescued! Thanks for loving this little creature

  41. jeff says:

    Thank you sir for that rescue, surly good fortune will follow you for the rest of your days!!

  42. Kim O. says:

    So glad a kind person helped this little guy.

  43. Dorothy says:

    Many blessings to you, and what a beauty Cheeto is!!

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