Eyes wide, deep and menacing – yet adorable at the same time. Skin covered by a haircoat of the roan pattern with patches of baldness. It is intriguing, quick, with a fast eye for preys. You may have heard about the human werewolf. But have you ever heard about the werewolf cat? Also known as the Lykoi cat, this special breed of cat is not for everybody. Since its emergence, the “werewolf” cat has been the subject of so many questions surrounding its history, personality, and care. If you are reading this, then the chances are that you’re here for some answers too. The good news is we’ve got you covered. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about this intriguing breed of cat. Let’s begin.
History Of The Lykoi Cat
Before we proceed any further, it is best to go back in time and take a look a look at the origin of this special breed of cat.
The Lykoi cat, affectionately known as the “werewolf” cat is a relatively new breed of cat. Its origin can be traced to as recent as 2011 in the United States of America. Thus, it is understandable why there are so many questions about this cat breed (aside from its appearance). It is important to note that the Lykoi cat breed is not as a result of any crossbreeding by humans. It is a natural breed that developed on its own. This breed is still so new that not all cat organizations have given it recognition. For example, the Cat Fanciers’ Association still does not recognize this cat breed of cat.
How did the breed come about? The breed was first found out by three people – Patty Thomas, Johnny Gobble, and Britney Gobble – who discovered this unique breed after receiving a number of kittens with a few of them having a unique appearance. Concerned that these different-looking kittens may be suffering from some illness, the three cat breeders conducted several medical examinations on the kittens. After finding no illness of any sort, they concluded that the kittens were of different genetic makeup, and a natural breed – a natural genetic mutation. Johnny Gobble then went on to purposely breed the first Lykoi cat. During this purposeful breeding, a female black cat was used for crossbreeding. More outcrossing had to be done until it was determined that a recessive gene is responsible for the appearance of the Lykoi cat.
The Lykoi cat only recently received recognition from The International Cat Association (TICA) in 2016. Currently, several breeding programs across the country are ongoing to help ensure that they achieve the barest minimum population any cat breed requires.
Quick Facts About The Lykoi Cat
Now that we know a little bit about the origin of this special breed of cat let’s get to know some quick and interesting facts about the Lykoi Cat.
- Affectionately called: Earlier, we mentioned that the Lykoi cat is affectionately called the “werewolf” cat because of its unique appearance. But the Lykoi cat goes by many other names. Some of them include the wolf cat and the Lycan cat. The breed is also sometimes referred to as the werecat breed.
- Size: The Lykoi cat falls within the category of a small to medium-sized cat. The exact size usually varies from cat to cat.
- Weight: The exact weight of the Lykoi cat also varies from cat to cat. However, an adult male Lykoi cat can weigh from four pounds to seven pounds. The female cat usually weighs slightly less than the male.
- Life expectancy: Because it is a relatively new breed of cat, its life expectancy remains a matter of speculation.
- Natural breed: The Lykoi cat is a result of a natural genetic mutation. Thus, it is a natural breed of cat.
- Appearance: The werewolf cat usually has a slender body with a slightly longer neck. It has a hair coat that can be described as sparse with respect to the uneven hair distribution. Most Lykoi cats also have a mixture of a normal fur color with patches of baldness. Despite its appearance, the haircoat of the Lykoi cat has a very soft and silky feel.
- Lykoi kittens: The kittens of the Lykoi cat breed are usually born with an even hair distribution – usually in black color. The changes usually begin between the first and second week.
- Facial features: This special breed of cat features slightly long muzzles and a well-defined chin. It has large eyes with bald whisker pads.
- Personality: The Lykoi cat has been described as a very intelligent cat that takes time to observe and study its environment. It is a very loyal cat that usually forms a very strong bond with its owner. This is one of the things that most Lykoi cat owners love about these feline buddies.
Things You Should Know
Now, it is time to go into some specific details. If you intend to get a Lykoi cat for yourself, then there are some important things you need to know before dashing off to the pet store. In this section, we will cover areas such as health, feeding, grooming, and the temperament of the werewolf cat breed.
The werewolf cat breed is usually a very healthy breed. But, just as mentioned earlier, there is still a lot of research ongoing to determine what specific health concerns are associated with it as there has not been enough time to give conclusive results. However, just like an average cat, expect your Lykoi to have a lifespan of about 13 to 15 years. But it is important to note that the best way to ensure that your feline buddy has a long life is to take good care of it. Aside from feeding it, you have to protect it. Because of its lack of hair cover, the Lykoi cat is usually prone to extreme weather conditions. Thus, hypothermia is one of the health issues to expect a Lykoi cat to face. In the same way, it is also prone to sunburns when it too hot outside. Therefore, it is very important to keep it warm during very cold temperatures. It is best to avoid the scorching sun.
If you need to take your cat out for a walk, it should be very brief. However, the best choice is to always keep your Lykoi cat indoors at all times. It is also advisable to avoid inbreeding. Due to the breed’s little number as compared to other breeds, inbreeding is an issue. This is because genetic diseases can be passed on from another cat to the Lykoi cat.
When it comes to feeding your Lykoi cat, do not take risks. Again, there is still a lot of research ongoing concerning potential health problems that this breed of cat may be prone to. Thus, when feeding your Lykoi cat, stick with the safe options. And, these are the already-made feline food. Feline food is available in both wet and dry options. Always make sure that you purchase your cat food from a reputable source. Otherwise, you can always consult with your vet for some recommendations. Wet cat food is the most recommended because they contain more moisture as well as natural protein sources. However, it is not a bad idea to rotate between wet food and dry kibble. Already-made cat food usually comes with all the essential nutrients that your cat will need.
If you plan to feed your Lykoi with your home-cooked meals, then always make sure that its diet is made up of at least 70 percent high-quality protein from natural sources. Just like other cats, your Lykoi is a carnivore, and as a result, requires a diet that is rich in protein to help fuel its lean muscles. Be sure not to feed your cat with too many carbs as you will be putting it at risk of being overweight. Once you are comfortable with the right type of diet for your cat, stick with it. If you need to introduce something new, always do so in moderation while keeping your eye on your cat’s reaction.
A sudden change in your Lykoi’s diet can easily lead to digestion problems. Thus, introduce new foods slowly in very small amounts until your cat gets used to it. If you have a Lykoi kitten, it is best to purchase a cat food specially formulated for kittens. As your cat grows older, it will become pickier with its meals. Thus, it is best to stick with already-made cat food.
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When it comes to caring, the Lykoi cat naturally loves a clean environment. Thus, as its owner, you should play your part in making sure that its surroundings, especially its litter box, are always kept clean. When you combine this cat’s naturally clean nature with its intelligence, you will realize how relatively easy it is to train it to use to litter box properly. This cat does not mind doing its dirty business somewhere else when it realizes that its litter box is not up to its ‘clean’ standard. Also, it is a very bad idea to clump their litter as doing so could lead to an internal blockage in case they are ingested by a kitten Lykoi. When training your kitten to use the litter box, always make sure that the box is in within reach or at a place they can locate. Do not chastise your kitten when they fail to do their business in the box. Instead, always redirect them to the right place. Do this as often as it is necessary to get them used to the litter box.
Always make sure to keep its food and water bowls clean before filling them with food and water. Provide fresh water for your cat every day, and ensure that it has enough drink. Your cat’s health and safety are your responsibility. Thus, always make sure that it is kept indoors to avoid any extreme weather conditions as well as injury or even theft. Your cat may also get lost if you allow it to stray outside often. Always make sure that you take regular trips to the vet for general medical examinations to be conducted. This will help to diagnose certain health conditions before they become a problem. Also, be sure to get your cat vaccinated as early as possible. Ensure that your feline buddy gets a regular balanced diet and enough playtime and exercise at home. Playtime and exercise will help to keep it healthy and stimulate its mind.
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The Lykoi cat grooms itself thoroughly well. Thus, it does not need to be bathed often. However, when you do need to give it a bath, always ensure that you opt for a cat-grade shampoo. This is very important as human-grade shampoo will cause a lot of damage to your cat’s haircoat. This is because cats, in general, have a lower pH level as compared to humans. Also, the human shampoo contains a lot of chemicals that will cause irritations to your cat’s skin. If your cat cannot stand the sight of bathing water, then opt for any of the no-rinse cat shampoos available.
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Check your cat’s ears regularly for any buildup of wax and dirt. When cleaning its ear, use a clean and soft towel. Moist it up a little with some clean water. Alternatively, you can also use a cotton bud.
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Your cat also needs to have its teeth brushed often. Again, do not use human-grade toothpaste or toothbrush as these will cause severe harm to your cat. There are lots of cat-grade toothbrushes and toothpaste brands to choose from. If you are attempting to brush your cat’s teeth for the first time, try first to get it comfortable with the feel of a toothbrush and toothpaste. When brushing, always go gently.
Your Lykoi’s haircoat will also need regular brushing. However, it must also be done gently considering the nature of its haircoat. Always use a soft brush and brush in the direction of the flow of the hair. Except in situations where your werewolf cat is a molt, it is best to brush its haircoat once or two times every week. When it comes to a molting Lykoi, it is best to brush its hair on a daily basis.
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We cannot leave out the claws. Always ensure that your cat gets a pedicure once a week.
It is best to keep you Lykoi indoors. But if you need to go out during the day, it is recommended that you cover the bald patches of its hair coat with a mild sunblock to avoid being sunburned. Lykoi cats shed just like other breeds of cats. And, do not worry; they are not hypoallergenic cats.
As mentioned earlier, the Lykoi cat is a very intelligent cat breed and have been praised for their ability to solve simple problems. They love to be taught new tricks as they learn very quickly. Also, they do not mind being a part of interactive games. This helps to stimulate their minds and focus. They also love to be in the company of their humans as they are very loyal cats. However, just like any other cat breed, they can get bored or tired with human company and prefer to be alone for some time. During such periods, it is best to have some toys they can play with while they are alone. Talking about being alone, these cats do not mind being left by themselves. As much as they love the company of their humans, do not expect them to be following you around the house like a second shadow. Instead, the Lykoi cat loves to be observant when alone. This is especially true in new environments or with new faces.
When a Lykoi cat is ready to play, it comes ready just like a dog. Thus, they are very fun to play games like “fetch” with as they pick up very easily. When playtime is over, they do not mind nestling on the laps of their humans and enjoying the attention they receive (and they love the attention). However, they are not so much into the lap thing. Thus, do not be surprised to find their attention shifted to other things after a few minutes. The Lykoi cat has a high energy level and does not mind switching from one game to another until its food time or sleep time. They are very sociable to other cats or pets at home. But, as mentioned earlier, they prefer to observe new faces from a safe distance until they are certain that they are not a threat. The Lykoi cat is a curious breed. It does not mind exploring every area of the house until it is certain that there is nothing new to see.
In conclusion, a quick glance at the Lykoi cat will tell this is a special breed. Its recent history leaves a lot of research to be done to provide even more conclusive facts about this breed. However, we have given more than enough information to decide whether or not a werewolf cat is for you. If you decide to opt for one, you will have a loyal, fun, and intelligent feline buddy that will leave you with absolutely no regrets.