As of 2014, it is illegal to own a cheetah as a pet in the United States. While cheetahs are legal to own in other parts of the world, their special needs make them very difficult to keep in captivity.
In addition to supplements of vitamins A, D and E, captive cheetahs require about 4 pounds of meat daily to satisfy their diet. The cats require at least 2 acres of open land to accommodate their natural tendency to run in short bursts. According to cheetah expert and Cheetah Conservation Fund founder Dr. Laurie Marker, cheetahs also require extensive domestication training for the safety of owners and guests.