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Cheetahs are better as pets than the other big cats - Lions, Tigers or Leopard. A Lion or Tiger, even if hand-reared, is still a killer that can turn on you. Cheetahs, on the other hand, do not generally attack humans, and adapt better to human contact.

However, there are many obstacles to owning a cheetah as a pet.

Depending on where you live, you might need expensive permits, or a lengthy application process before you are allowed to keep a cheetah. In some places you simply will not be allowed to legally keep a cheetah.

You will also need the facilities to keep a cheetah. You will need a fair amount of space, you'll need to build a secure enclosure to keep the cheetah in. You will need to spend time with it regularly.

If the cat does escape, it's likely to cause alarm or panic among your neighbors, so you will have to be prepared for that.

You will need to buy a lot of meat to keep the cat fed. Cheetahs are expensive to feed, and need around six pounds of fresh meat daily.

Cheetahs can live for 20 years in captivity, so you have to be prepared for that.

Ultimately, although the cheetah is the most tameable of all the big cats, it is not a domesticated animal, and even if reared from birth by humans, it is not going to be as tame as a dog or domestic cat. You will still need to behave carefully around it, or it could maul you.

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