Hi there, I'm Shetani the king cheetah! I've been an "official" member of the furry fandom since 2012, and fursuiting since 2014!
Here is my character reference, and this is what my fursuit looks like! If you take photos of me at a convention, please tag me on social media (see Links) or send them to me directly via the email below.
I’ve been in the furry fandom since 2012, though I had been following it for nearly a decade prior. A friend finally convinced me to give in and make a fursona, and thus Shetani was born!
Shetani is a shy yet passionate cheetah who loves baking, videogames, fandoms, and cats.
Click the Fursona tab to learn more about her!
My fursuit was custom-made by MagpieBones in 2014. It is a use-your-own-eyes style fursuit that, as the name suggests, utilizes the wearer's actual eyes instead of fake eyes or mesh view ports. This gives me unparalleled field of vision and ventilation while allowing me to wear my prescription eyeglasses. While there are quite a few UYOE fursuits out there, a special feature of my personal fursuit is that it also uses my own hair!
Photo by Dragonscales || Photo by Kyle Hicks
My YouTube channel features lots of videos, including convention highlights, fursuit Pusheen Box unboxings, and my newest series - Cheetah Chat!
I attend at least one furry convention every year, and try to go to as many other cons as time and budget allows. Photos from my con trips can be found on my Weasyl and Facebook. If you see me at a con, don’t be afraid to say hi - I need to make more furry friends!
I am most active on Twitter and Instagram, and use Weasyl for art, personal suit photos, and general fandom networking.
See my Links page for more!
The flag of Jubatajan. Art by CroccoStyle.
Shetani is the only child of a cheetah father and a domestic cat mother. Her father, a spiritual man, was overjoyed upon seeing his daughter's blotchy fur. According to beliefs, the king cheetah fur pattern was a trait that had been passed down among the females of his family, and indicated that their family's lineage could be traced back to the First Cheetah herself. The splotchy-spotted and striped coat appeared only once a generation and heralded extrasensory powers in its bearer, including prophetic dreams.
A young Shetani lost in her favorite book. Art by Skelisteri.
Little Shetani was a shy cub, but very intelligent with a thirst for knowledge. When she was about six years old, her father received news from back home that one of his sisters had given birth to a king-patterned daughter. This came as quite a shock for Shetani's father, who urged his young cub to try and "fulfill her potential," but it quickly became apparent that this cousin of Shetani's had received the blessing, and Shetani herself carried nothing more than a distinctly patterned coat. Instead, she threw herself headlong into her studies in an attempt to please her father, and while there was no resentment between them, Shetani always felt that he was disappointed in her for not living up to his expectations.
Shetani studying. Art by Seasaidh.
Aside from that, Shetani's youth was happy and uneventful. She flourished academically - always coming in top of her class - and though not "popular" in the traditional sense, she had a close-knit group of friends about her and was never treated unfairly by her peers. When not studying, she took pleasure in reading and learning more about nature and animals. As a teenager, she got into the occasional spat with her mother, but kept her grades up and stayed out of trouble (preferring to listen to music or play video games than go out on the town).
After high school, Shetani pursued higher education with her sights set on the field of zoology, and those who knew her had nothing but the highest expectations. However, her plans ground to a halt when her mother fell seriously ill. A devastated Shetani dropped out of school and returned home to help her father care for her ailing mother. She took a receptionist job at a reproductive health clinic to help with the bills, where she met her boyfriend, a rat named Mike. Shetani reconnected with her hometown friends, who introduced her to the world of fandoms and cosplaying. Escaping into the fantasy worlds she loved and attending conventions with her friends and partner helped Shetani cope with the stress of her home life.
Shetani, Mike, and their kitten. Art by maxxandcheese.
After Shetani's mother passed away, her father returned to his home country to be with his family. Shetani moved with Mike into a place of their own, with a pet kitten making three. Eschewing any lofty aspirations, she is content with a life that allows her to pursue her hobbies and be with the people she cares about - as long as she gets a little vacation now and then!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How did you find the furry fandom?
A: I've loved animals since I was a child, so it was a natural progression from there. Growing up, I was enamored with films, cartoons, and books that featured animal characters. In the early 2000s, I discovered fanart of The Lion King on DeviantArt and other sites, and from there I came across anthropomorphic art. I learned quickly that furries were mocked and looked down upon by the majority of the internet, and later, the world at large. While I still consumed art and kept up-to-date with the community, I did so in secret and took great pains to never label or associate myself with furries. It wasn't until a heartfelt conversation with a college classmate decades later that I realized being a furry wasn't anything to be ashamed of. I started dating a furry, who convinced me to finally bring Shetani to life.
In ▶️Cheetah Chat #2, I further discuss my discovery of the fandom and what it means to be a furry.
Q: Your fursona is so cute! How did you come up with her?
A: She's really just myself as my favorite animal! I've loved cheetahs since I was young, and as an adult, I find myself relating a lot to them. I chose a king cheetah in particular because Shetani doesn't have any unnatural markings or coloring, and I wanted her to stand out a bit more. Her physical appearance, personality, interests, and wardrobe are all reflections of myself, so compliments and positive comments are twice as meaningful to me! Her name is a semi-obscure reference to my favorite movie franchise.
I talk more about the thought behind Shetani's design in ▶️Cheetah Chat #1.
Q: Do you roleplay?
A: No, sorry! I used to RP when I was younger, but I have no interest in it anymore.
Q: Who made your fursuit?
A: My fursuit was made by the lovely MagpieBones.
Q: Why doesn't your fursuit have eyes?
A: It does - they are my own eyes. :) MagpieBones's fursuits are intended to be blended with the wearer's actual eyes using makeup to create a seamless, realistic effect. It works best when the fursuit is a darker color.
Q: Is that your real hair coming out of the suit head?
A: Yes, my suit uses my own hair in addition to my own eyes.
Q: What made you choose this style of fursuit?
A: I went with a MagpieBones fursuit for several reasons, including realism, aesthetic, and practicality. My fursona wears glasses and has long hair just like me. Hiding my glasses and hair under a fursuit head and attaching false versions of both would be redundant, not to mention unsightly and high-maintenance. I had dealt with hiding my hair under wigs for years when I cosplayed, and it was an uncomfortable, cumbersome experience that I didn't want to go through again with my fursuit. After a ton of research, I decided on MagpieBones for her specialized experience, ability to work with my unique requirements, and creative vision that aligned with my own. This kind of fursuit is not for everyone, but it suits my needs perfectly (pun intended).
I will cover this topic in more detail in an upcoming Cheetah Chat episode!
Q: Will you do a suiting up video or face reveal? Can you show how your fursuit works?
A: No, I prefer to avoid depicting myself out of suit. If you look at MagpieBones's gallery, there are many photos of fursuit heads (including Shetani's!) on mannequins, which should give you a good idea of how they are put on. There are some suiting up videos on YouTube from other MagpieBones suiters, though you will not be seeing one from me anytime soon.
Q: Can I draw you fanart?
A: I'd be honored! Here is Shetani's reference sheet.
I upload all art I get to my Toyhouse gallery.
Hit me up if you're on Instagram and I'll add your art to my fanart highlight!
Q: Will you make a video about (insert topic here)?
A: I love to hear about what interests you folks, and I am always taking suggestions for future Cheetah Chat episodes! Keep in mind that I will probably not do videos on topics I am not experienced in - for example, I wouldn't be able to talk about how to make a fursuit, or what the furry fandom was like in the 80s. If a particular topic is repeatedly requested, I might get a special guest in that field or demographic to come on for an episode.
Q: Can I interview you for a documentary, podcast, school project, etc.?
A: I have been interviewed for a few different productions, as well as doing script consultation work for films pertaining to the furry fandom. Contact me via the email listed near the bottom of this page to discuss your project further.
Q: How can I help support you?
A: If you are financially able to donate, I have an online tip jar on Ko-Fi. There are small incentives for donating, ranging from a shout-out in my YouTube videos to a custom video clip of me drawing your character in fursuit!
If physical goods are more your cup of tea, I also have Shetani photo prints available courtesy of furrySHOOTS. Each purchase supports not only me, but a hard-working team of photographers in our very own furry fandom.
Of course, the easiest way to help me out is simply by following me on social media and sharing my content with your friends.
I'm so very grateful for all of your support!