Hello, I'm Shetani the king cheetah! I've been an active member of the furry fandom since 2012, and fursuiting since 2014!
If you take photos or video of me at a convention, please tag me on social media (see Links) or send them to me directly via the email below.
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Next con: Anthrocon 2020
I began calling myself part of the furry fandom in 2012, though I had been following it for nearly a decade prior. A new friend and my partner finally convinced me to give in and make a fursona, and thus Shetani was born!
Shetani is a shy and nerdy yet passionate cheetah who loves tea, video games, 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.
Click here to browse through a few of my more memorable fursuit looks.
To learn more about how my fursuit works and why I chose this style, check out this video.
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! Please please please tag or send me any photos of me that you take, so I can remember the memories we shared!
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!
Art by Lynxurious || Art by Narcotic-Sprinkles
Shetani is an adult king cheetah who lives with her partner, a rat named Mika, and their pet kitten. She's usually shy and withdrawn, and can be childish at times. Shetani tries her best to maintain a positive outlook and attitude despite the many hardships life throws at her. Social situations make her nervous, and rather than a large social network, she has a handful of close friends who she trusts deeply. At a gathering, she's most likely to be found hovering timidly near the refreshments, observing the host's reading material, or gushing over any pets present. Once one gets to know her better, Shetani's initial demure and polite demeanor gives way to reveal a quick wit and unexpectedly sarcastic sense of humor.
Art by cellikeseggs || Art by AlwaysRedArt
Shetani finds that the "nerdy" label fits her quite comfortably. Her hobbies include reading, cosplaying, playing video games, listening to My Chemical Romance, and caring for animals - she particularly loves cats! She dabbles in baking and cooking, but worries about what others think of her creations, despite an overwhelmingly supportive response. She also has a bit of a hoarding personality, and has amassed quite a large collection of Lion King merchandise. Nothing helps her wind down after a long day at work like some games or internet time and a nice hot cup of tea, followed by a bath bomb in the tub.
Art by Malreau || Art by iepure.alb
Shetani's fashion sense is all about casual comfort. Her warm weather wardrobe consists of graphic t-shirts that depict her interests, along with shorts, sometimes pairing the latter with cute tights. In colder weather, she likes keeping warm in a big knit sweater and jeans or patterned leggings - or just knee socks if she's staying at home. She's extremely proud of her long wavy hair, and will sometimes dye it bright colors in the summertime for extra flair. Non-retractile claws make most footwear uncomfortable, so she doesn't wear shoes or boots unless the weather is inclement (or she's cosplaying). Though she rarely attends formal events, she can be spotted on such occasions in a modest formal dress, sometimes with her hair pulled back or braided for a change. She sleeps in matching pajama sets or a nightgown, and wears a one-piece bathing suit for swimming.
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).
Having graduated 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 partner, a rat named Mika. 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, Mika, and their kitten. Art by Rowan00.
After Shetani's mother passed away, her father returned to his home country to be with his family. Shetani moved with Mika into a place of their own, with a pet kitten making three. After some time, she decided to open a cat cafe. The establishment built a name for itself among feline aficionados, and the exotic teas and baked goods freshly made by Shetani herself attracted regular cafe-goers as well. At the behest of her regulars, Shetani expanded the warm and cozy establishment by adding shelves of books in the cafe section for patrons to borrow, bring home, and donate at their leisure, and the cafe also began hosting community-focused events, including punk nights every Friday and an LGBTQ+ social on the weekends. Eschewing any lofty aspirations, Shetani is fulfilled and 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 another furry around that time, 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: I haven't RP'd for free since I was a kid. I know casual RP is a big furry thing, but it's not something I like to do for fun, so I charge for my time. Drop me a line if you're interested in paying for a RP session.
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 realistic effect. When the fursuit is a darker color, the look is almost seamless.
Q: Is that your real hair coming out of the suit head?
A: Yes! By request, my fursuit uses my own hair in addition to my own eyes. Sometimes I trim it or dye it different colors, but it's always my actual hair. Having a fursuit that "auto-updates" when I change my look is super convenient!
Q: What made you choose this style of fursuit?
A: I went with a MagpieBones fursuit for several reasons, including realism, aesthetic, and practicality. I love my eyes, hair, and glasses, so I gave those physical attributes to my fursona - and they would need to be represented in a fursuit of her. 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's an uncomfortable, cumbersome process 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 speak at length about my fursuit and why I chose it in ▶️Cheetah Chat #5.
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 won't be seeing one from me anytime soon.
Q: Why don't you do something different with your hairstyle, eye makeup, clothing, glasses...? I, Internet Stranger #456, would like your fursuit a lot better if you did that.
A: Okay, intent is key here. I appreciate that Shetani evokes such an engaging response in people, and I understand that folks who make these suggestions usually mean well. Though I do read every comment and message I receive, I really don't care about the unsolicited opinions of strangers. Things like hairstyle or fashion suggestions are fun!
Do keep in mind that Shetani is a personal original character and I present myself the way I choose. I fursuit to make me happy, not for public approval. My existence is not an invitation for public critique. Comments that imply conformity or stripping me of what makes me unique (e.g. "put fake eyes in it," "cut off your hair") are ignorant and should be kept to oneself. If I wanted a fursuit that looked mainstream, I would have bought one of those in the first place. No aspects of my fursuit's design were by chance. Please be mindful that some features may have been designed with a specific intent or accomodation, and I don't necessarily need to disclose or justify that to everyone.
Q: "Cat-eye" or colored contact lenses would look so cool with your fursuit, why don't you wear them?
A: Why should I? My eyes are already a strikingly close match to a real cheetah's. Cheetahs and domestic cats have entirely different pupil shapes and eye colors. Cat eye contacts would look fake and gross!
By the way, I'm physically unable to wear contact lenses, hence the necessity of my eyeglasses, and (one of the reasons) why I selected MagpieBones to be my fursuit maker.
Q: Would you recommend a use-your-own-eyes fursuit?
A: UYOE suits, and the work of MagpieBones in particular, appeal to a niche subset of people. You must have a certain measure of fearlessness to wear a fursuit like this. In all cases, when considering a fursuit, think carefully about what goals you want to accomplish with your suiting, the way you wish to be perceived by others, and how prepared you are to deal with the limitations and quirks that come with it.
This is not the right fursuit for someone who:
-- has a cutesy character and wants to appear approachable and endearing to everyone they meet (e.g. working with kids, charity volunteering)
-- is very shy and seeks to hide their true self when fursuiting
-- wants a fursuit for popularity
-- is easily upset when on the receiving end of criticism, rudeness, or negativity
Q: Can I draw you fanart?
A: I'd be honored! Here is Shetani's Refsheet.
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 am always taking suggestions for future Cheetah Chat episodes! I'll consider all requests as long I have some amount of knowledge or experience on the subject. For example, I wouldn't discuss how to make a fursuit (since I have never made one), or what the furry fandom was like in the '80s (since I wasn't in the fandom at that time). If such a topic is repeatedly requested, I might get a special guest in that field or demographic to come on for an episode.
(Psst- if you really want to choose what topics I talk about next, check out my Patreon!)
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're financially able to donate, I have an online tip jar on Ko-Fi as well as a Patreon page. Your generosity will be rewarded with incentives for donating, and there's a little something for everyone!
Are physical goods more your cup of tea? Click here to purchase (or trade for) a collectible enamel pin of Shetani, made by Fursona Pins!
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!
My fursuit was custom-built in 2014 by MagpieBones.
This style is known as a use-your-own-eyes (UYOE) fursuit. By special request, my fursuit uses my own hair as well.
Scroll through to see just a few of the many looks I can achieve as Shetani with this unique and versatile fursuit!
Personal photoshoot - 2019
Shirt c/o Cryptovolans
Personal photoshoot - 2018
Photography by DINKIN
Anthrocon - 2017
Photography by SeikoLiz
Anthro New England - 2018
Photography by Sunstab
Anthrocon - 2019
Photography by SquirrelySnaps
Cosplay photoshoot - 2018
Carbon Fiber D.Va from Overwatch
Anthro New England - 2019
Photography by PineRaven
Anthrocon - 2019
Photography by Dragonscales
Halloween - 2018
(page still under construction - I appreciate your patience!)
A group of cheetahs is called a coalition! I've been collecting plush cheetahs since I was little. Allow me to introduce you to all the stuffed animals in my collection!
Brand: Jungle Joe's Safari Friends
Acquired: 1998 or later
She says "I'm Charo, a cheetah with attitude" and makes a wildcat scream when you squeeze her. As a child, I would play wildlife refuge in the backyard with all the African animals in my stuffed animal collection, and Charo was my very favorite. I always made sure to take special care of her and keep her from getting dirty. She came with her name.
Brand: Disney Animal Kingdom
I got this plush on a vacation to Disney World with my family. The bow around her neck was added by me. She's named after a cheetah character I made up when I was younger.
Brand: Cavanagh Coca Cola International Collection
Acquired: 1999 or later
Heeta represents the country of Namibia in a series of 50 bean bags corresponding with nations around the world that serve Coca-Cola. She came with her name.
Brand: Ty Classic
Piston is a Ty Classic plush I've had since I was young. He came with his name.
Name: Baby Hansa
Brand: Hansa Portraits of Nature
Hansa is known for their lifelike stuffed animals. This plush's mane is so soft and he looks just like a real cheetah cub! He was purchased from a vendor's catalog at FA:U and arrived in the mail a few days later. His name, as you may have guessed, comes from his brand.
Name: Mama Cheetah
Brand: Melissa & Doug
This fully life sized plush was a gift from my partner to celebrate our first furry con together, FA:U 2012. I drew so much attention carrying her out of the crowded Dealer's Den and through the lobby of the hotel on the last day of the convention. Mama is nearly three feet tall! I think of her as Baby Hansa's mother.
Brand: Build-A-Bear WWF
Jasiri belongs to a limited series of stuffed animals that could be made at Build-A-Bear Workshop, with proceeds donated to the World Wildlife Fund. I purchased him on eBay! His name is the Swahili word for "brave", and he's named after a cheetah in the furry fandom who is a rather prolific art-commissioner.
Brand: PansonWorks BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS！
Hashire, or Hashi for short, is one of the more unique cheetahs in my collection. I bought him from a vendor at the AnimeNext convention. His name is from the Japanese word meaning "to run."
Brand: GANZ - Webkinz Signature Collection
This cute plush is another eBay find. He's named after another cheetah in the furry fandom who has the same exact stuffed animal. I brought him with me to Anthrocon in 2014, but I sadly did not run into his namesake there.
This plush was purchased during Anthrocon. Designated "Chillin' Cheetah" by the maker, I renamed him after a fursuiter I encountered there.
Katie is the crown jewel of my collection! This plush came packaged with limited versions of the Kinectimals game. Until Disney introduced their character Fuli in The Lion Guard (and subsequently made toys of her), this was the ONLY official plush of a king cheetah in existence. A valuable item at the time, I managed to pick her up at New York Comic-Con in 2013 for a steal. She's named after a super cute artist I met at the con.
This cub was bought in an eBay lot. At the time, I was playing Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, and she's named after my favorite character in that game, James Kidd aka Mary Read. I gave her a piece o' pirate booty to wear around her neck.
Brand: K&M International
This scruffy feller was a bonus that came in a lot of Lion King toys I bought from eBay. He appears to be a very old (or at least well-loved) K&M International plush. After all this time, I still haven't come up with a name for him. Any suggestions?
Brand: Applause - Disney
Deja's a Lion King plush from the movie's original theatrical release. I bought him off a user on Furbuy, and he's very well loved! I was very glad to finally get my hands on him, because he's the only official TLK cheetah plush. He's named after Andreas Deja, the supervising animator for Scar.
Brand: Ty Beanie Babies
This is one of just two cheetah Beanie Babies made. She was given to me by a friend, who let her do a lot of basking in the sun before she came to me, so my Chessie is a little discolored from sunlight. She came with her name.
Brand: Wild Republic Cuddlekins
I got this plush at a Rainforest Cafe in the mall. Shasta came along with me to Anthrocon 2016! She went without a name for a while, until my partner helped me pick one out.
Brand: WWF Wild Tales
This little guy was a souvenir from a trip to Turkey I took in 2015. His name comes from a Turkish phrase meaning "bon appetit."
Brand: FAO Schwarz
Received as a Christmas gift from her mother, this plush technically belongs to my partner, though she's graciously allowed me to share joint custody. Now that the two of us live together, so does Ankala, and I'm happy to call her part of my coalition. Her namesake is my partner's character in Fallout 2.
Everyone knows Clawhauser, the chubby cheetah cop from Disney's film Zootopia. This plush is part of their Tsum Tsum line, which can be collected, stacked atop each other, and even used to clean your laptop or phone screen.
During my Anthrocon trip, I visited the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and got to see their two male cheetahs! This fella came home with me from the zoo gift shop. His name, which means "let's go" in Italian, is also the name of one of the cheetahs I saw that day.
Garage sale rescue! I still need to name this'n.
Brand: Aurora World
This cheetah is another souvenir from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, this time from my 2019 Anthrocon trip. I named her after another of the Pittsburgh Zoo cheetahs.
Brand: Little Brownie Bakers
As far as I can tell, this plush was a reward for selling Girl Scout cookies during the 2014-2015 season. Though her assigned name is Amaze, she represents the Samoa cookie, so that's what I call her.
Brand: Viahart - Tiger Tale Toys
This cheetah was a holiday present from a friend. She came with her name.
I can't draw. That doesn't stop me from doing it, though.
An eclectic autobiographical series which my friends convinced me to post online.
no fun allowed once you hit puberty
"If you want to see a panel at a furry con, you should host one"