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 was composed of the offspring of the Sphynx and a common domestic 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 and enjoys being stroked 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.
The 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 a classic house cat build.
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 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 spots 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?
Likes are cats that like to be both indoors in a 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.