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:

    YOU ROCK MAN!!

    YOU NOT ONLY WERE FROM OUT OF TOWN AND SAVED THIS CAT CHEETO, YOU FLEW HIM HOME WITH YOU!!
    FOREVER!!

    CHEETO YOU ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS!
    YOU ARE SAFE NOW AND IN YOUR LOVING,CARING,SAFE,FOREVER FAMILY AND HOME!!

    HAPPY DANCE TIME IN HONOR OF CHEETO CAT!!

    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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