A cute and cuddly Werewolf Cat? We are all familiar with the common folktale of a man shapeshifting into a mythological wolf creature by the sight of a full moon.
Being part man, part wolf, the Werewolf is a thing of legend, but did you ever think it would be possible to create a part cat and part wolf?
Although this cat isn’t really part wolf, this rare feline sure does look like it could be.
The Werewolf cat was recognized in 2010 by the TICA (The International Cat Association) and given the name Lykoi, meaning “wolf” in Greek.
The Lykoi hails from Tennessee, where a veterinarian by the name of Johnny Gobble and his wife, Brittney Gobble created the breed.
What is the Werewolf cat, you ask?
The Werewolf cat is a domestic shorthair cat that was bred to have a genetic mutation, causing them to look like a little scruffy wolf.
Not only do these cats look like wolves, but they act like them too. The wolf cat has been seen wagging its tail and scouting its prey in a pack with their other litter siblings.
Although this cat might cause a fright, the Werewolf cat is an extremely friendly and affectionate house cat.
The rare Lykoi is partially hairless as this cat is missing hair on its face, paws and legs.
This wolf-like appearance the Lykoi possesses comes from an unusual gene mutation similar to that of the Canadian Sphynx Cat.
Geneticists have yet to place a finger on the gene responsible for this unusual mutation, but it is not a sign of illness either.
Dermatologists and cardiologists at the University of Tennessee have ruled out the possibility of the mutation being a result of infection or disease, having performed several diagnostic tests on the breed.
What the dermatologists did find was that the Werewolf cat’s hair follicles lacks the components required to make hair.
Therefore, the Lykoi does molt and goes through a complete bald stage from time to time.
Although partly bald, the Werewolf cat is not hypoallergenic and does shed quite a lot. Colors of the wolf-like cat include; blue, black tuxedo and black roan.
This wolf-like cat is so rare that there are only a little over 20 cats in existence. The rarity of this cat makes these scruffy felines rather valuable, costing between $1,000 to almost $3,000 per feline.
If that’s a steep price for you, here are other cat breeds to look at or you can always try and save a life and rescue a cat from a shelter.