In terms of genetics and mutations there is nothing written. Nature can surprise humans despite believing they have all the knowledge at their fingertips. And that is precisely what happened when the breed known as Lykoi or wolf cat made its appearance.
Its origin is really current The first specimens classified as such were found in 2010. Apparently, a genetic mutation affected at almost the same time two litters born in two different locations in the United States, one in Virginia and the other in Tennessee, but without any kind of relationship between the two.
At first, and because of the physical traits of the kittens, it was thought that they could be related to the Sphynx breed, but the truth is that the mutation they suffered, and that affected the fur, was totally natural and was given in crosses of domestic cats of short hair. From some specimens of these litters, they began to shape the breed known today as a werewolf or lykoi.
From the appearance of the first specimens until now, the breed has varied quite a lot. And it is that, at first, there were no differentiating features of these cats with other commons beyond the strange fur they presented. Certainly, the peculiarity of their fur caught the attention from the beginning, but they would not begin to breed with these animals until they went through all the veterinary tests that ensured that they did not suffer any kind of disease or problem. Which also served to rule out his relationship with the sphinx cat and with other breeds with absence of hair.
In any case, it is a breed that has not yet been finished defining, that continues to develop characteristics and evolve based on what breeders consider most suitable to perpetuate the race in the long term. What happens in the future is not clear beyond that the physical characteristics will continue to be maintained, but everything points to the lykoi or wolf cat being increasingly known and loved.
Today, there are few specimens of wolf cat around the world, which can be counted by a few dozen. Despite its striking appearance and characteristics, there are still few breeders specialized in the breed and interested in it. However, the trend should be to increase the number of specimens, and is that this animal has all the ingredients to become one of the most desired pets in the world.
Features of the Wolf Cat
As for its physique, it is possible to claim that the wolf cat is so peculiar that it does not resemble to any other breed. With other cats it has in common that it is a medium and normal size animal, about 6 to 15 pounds (3 to 7 kilos) of weight. The appearance of its head and the type of body they have remembers to asian cats without hair, but the truth is that they are not related.
The head is rather triangular, with large yellow eyes rather rounded, and black nose in all specimens. The ears are rather small and pointed, always erected on the head. One of its most striking features is that the face is framed by the fur, which gives them that similar expression to that of a wolf.
Undoubtedly its only other characteristic is the type and color of the fur. Although the quantity and length is very variable from one instance to another. Kittens tend to born practically naked, and the fur grows and becomes more dense in all parts of the body as the cat develops. Although, as an adult they present some areas of the body without hair as well, such as the face, belly, ears or on the legs. In any case, it tends to be a type of soft fur and not too dense, although it is of medium or long length. As for color, these animals tend to be grey or even black, although their darker locks usually mix with other whites to obtain the peculiar appearance of the breed.
Lykoi Cat Behavior
Despite everything that has been said about this animal, and even the fear that some people feel for it, the truth is that the cat lykoi has a temperament similar to that of any breed of domestic cat. Those who have it as a pet describe them as playful, affectionate, cheerful, docile and intelligent feline. They also stand out for being very active animals and with very marked hunting instinct. There is still much to research and discover about the lykoi cat, but what is clear is that it is a great pet that has nothing of wild animal.
Diseases of the Wolf Cat
As it is a race that is still evolving, it is difficult to know if they will tend to develop their own diseases over time. In any case, and according to the studies carried out so far, the characteristics of its skin and fur are natural and are not related to any disease..
Wolf Cat Basic Care
The basic care of the wolf cat does not differ from the care of other domestic cats. The most important thing to maintain the good health of this animal is to ensure that it follows healthy lifestyle habits, and that it complies with its schedule of vaccines and deworming with the necessary visits to the veterinarian.
For its type of fur, a couple of brushes a week will suffice to keep it clean and shiny. And bathe it once every 6 or 8 weeks with specific products for cats, so that its skin is always protected.
Do not forget as part of their care their education and physical exercise, since both will make the wolf cat a happy and balanced animal that is eager to spend time in the company of his family. Combining play time with education and socialization sessions is best to achieve the desired behavior.
Things to know about the wolf cat
Its name has much to do with one of the legends that were created around its origin. The unique appearance of his face due to the fur and eyes, makes them look strangely like wolves. It was even said that they were the result of a cross between a wolf and a cat, which is impossible.
The term lykoi is Greek and also means wolf cat. Part of the behavior of these cats has been defined as canine or wolf-like, something that only feeds the beliefs of those who believe that they are related to the wolf. However, the genetic mutation that gives them their appearance was completely natural and has only to do with cats. So there is no relationship between these cats and wolves beyond the folktales.
Among the characteristics that most remind wolves of these animals are their uncombed hair, their rather round and yellow eyes with small pupils, their pointed ears, their face framed by fur, etc. There are even some that can be frightening or disturbing with their appearance, which could remind us somehow to the werewolves.
Many of these animals are born with very little hair or even bald, which usually grows at the same time as the cat itself. It is also true that their follicles are weaker than in other breeds, so they moult more often than usual.
If you’re thinking of getting a wolfcat, you should know you won’t have it easy. The scarcity of Lykois and breeders of this breed all over the world, and the increasing demand, makes the price of wolf cats increase, and for the moment it is reserved to a few privileged people with the capacity to acquire it and also to go in search of it.