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Is the werewolf cat a torment breed?

The Lykoi is a house cat in werewolf clothing. Contrary to its visual appearance, however, the cat is a loving pedigree animal that has nothing in common with the creepy mythical creature. But why does she look so special and is the Lykoi cat even healthy?

History and origin of the Lykoi

The history of the Lykoi began in 2010 and is still very fresh.

Here are the key points in chronological order:

  • Lykoi breeding began in the United States in 2010 and consisted of the offspring of the Sphynx and a common house cat.
  • The first purebred Lykoi (i.e. a second-generation Lykoi) existed in 2011.
  • In 2017 the Lykoi was recognized by the international cat organization TICA. In Germany, however, the recognition is still pending.

essence and character

Contrary to their optical appearance, the Lykoi has a calm nature and is extremely pleasant in temperament.

She also has her five minutes in which she can romp around. Otherwise she is rather calm. She likes to snuggle up in plush cat beds, enjoys cuddles and human attention.

The Lykoi is basically a cat that strives for a permanent place in the middle of the family. Nevertheless, she also likes to withdraw when she is stressed. In such a case, it is important that she has a quiet area and that family members respect her time off.

Appearance of the Lykoi

The main feature of the Lykoi is their distinctive short-haired coat. Although the kittens are born fully haired, the hair falls out in places from the age of three weeks. In some areas, especially the paws and abdomen, the cat is virtually bald.

The breeding cats are currently mainly black and gray, but in principle they can also be other colors. The Lykoi cat does not have an undercoat.

In addition to the dark, light hair , the large eyes stand out particularly strongly in their strong yellow.

The Loki is a medium-sized cat with the classic house cat build.

Short genetics excursion:

Genetic research has shown that the Lykoi cat’s coat changes are due to a random mutation. As far as is known, however, there are no serious disadvantages. The Lykoi gene only causes some of the hair follicles not to be fully functional. Because the special appearance of the Lykoi cat can only be inherited recessively, both parents must be affected by the gene mutation so that werewolf kittens are produced in the following generation.

attitude and care

Keeping the Lykoi within your own home is fairly straightforward. Because the werewolf cat is very social , it does not do well on its own. For this reason, the Lykoi owner should consider getting a second cat. It is important that both cats have a similar temperament and that their ages are approximately the same.

The even-tempered Lykoi doesn’t get along so well with spirited cats, wild children and a hectic everyday life, which is why she shouldn’t live in such a household or at least needs a secluded quiet zone.

Because the Lykoi is a young cat breed, there is only a small group of people who can report on their experiences with the werewolf cat. Therefore, all relevant information is currently still subject to change.

Despite this, the Lykoi appears to be healthy. Except for the fur mutation, no hereditary diseases are known. However, the bald patches lead to increased sensitivity to skin diseases , insect bites and sunlight. In addition, the fur develops a greasy film. In addition, due to the small gene pool, inbreeding (e.g. disabilities) can occur, which is why you should make sure that the seller always allows fresh blood to flow into the breeding line.

Outdoor cat or indoor cat?

Lykois are cats that like to be both indoors in the warm apartment and outdoors. Nature awaits with all kinds of exciting adventures, but these quickly become a life-threatening danger for the curious Lykoi. In addition, their sparse fur does not protect them from extreme temperatures. Due to these risks, being outdoors without supervision is not recommended. However, short trips to the secured garden provide variety and are also allowed under careful observation. A conservatory, a cat-safe balcony or a cozy window seat are a good compromise and most cats will gladly accept them.

How much employment does the Lykoi need?

While the Lykoi can be very playful and curious , these attributes do not describe their main character. Essentially, she is a cat that loves to be cuddled and needs a rest. As long as their owner satisfies the need for physical closeness, the Lykoi hardly ever ask for alternative activities.

However, she is an intelligent animal , which is why you can use intelligence games to maintain or expand your cat’s mental agility. She also likes to accept short game units. A scratching post should never be missing in a cat household, because it promotes species-appropriate movements and stimulates the cat on a physical level.

grooming and feeding

Although the Lykoi has little fur, grooming is a little more intensive than other cat breeds. This has to do with the fact that an oily layer develops on their fur and in their ears, which must be removed by gentle cleaning. Because you can injure the sensitive skin of the werewolf cat with conventional brushes, you should only use a damp cloth or a knobbed glove for grooming. In addition, Lykoi cats sometimes lose all of their fur during the season transition. The cleaning effort (wiping, vacuuming) can be correspondingly high at times.

The feeding requirements of the Lykoi cat are not particularly high. She feeds on the standard food that is also recommended for other house cats.

Acquisition of a Lykoi

Anyone who buys a Lykoi cat is choosing a rare specimen. While there are still a few Lykoi breeders in Asia and the USA, a German prospective buyer has to drive across the national border. The only European sellers are in Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Because there are only around 300 purebred Lykois worldwide , the kittens have a handsome price. The buyers have to pay a purchase price of around 2,000 euros for a small kitten.

Unfortunately, some dubious breeders have already jumped on the bandwagon and sense a lucrative side income. To make sure you’ve come across a trustworthy seller, you should always ask for proof of parentage.

Interesting and worth knowing

Now you are well informed about the essential characteristics of the Lykoi, but did you already know these things?

  1. A true social media star , the Lykoi cat got his attention on social media in the first place.
  2. Lykoi means wolf in Greek. So it’s hardly surprising that the little velvet paw has the nickname werewolf cat.
  3. The werewolf look can also occur accidentally in other cat breeds. In order to expand the gene pool of the Lykoi, these cats are often crossed.
  4. Although the Lykoi has less fur than other pedigree cats, it sheds just as much and is not hypoallergenic.
  5. Although the Lykoi cat may look shaggy and a little unkempt, their fur is silky smooth.


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