Essential Facts about the Lykoi Cat Breed. What you Need to Know

Also known as the werewolf cat, Lycan cat, Werecat breed, or the Wolf cat, the Lykoi cat is a rare breed that is still developing. She is the only cat with a roan coat pattern, and her fur can either be fine or coarse.

She has a distinguishing black/grey coat with a white color in the mix, sometimes. The cat’s coat appears silver if there is more white. Lykoi kittens are born completely black, but the color pattern appears in 2-4 weeks.

The Lykoi is not for everyone, but they can fit right into a loving home with people who are ready to give the cat a lot of playtime and attention.

The Origin

Lykoi cats are not as a result of interbreeding between known cat breeds, but an outcome of interbreeding between cats with a similar natural mutation. The first appearance of these werewolf looking cats was first documented in 2011 in the USA.

This breed came into being on its own. The breed is not recognized by many organizations such as the Cat Fanciers' Association ​​​​(CFA) because she was discovered in recent years.

The Lykoi breed was first discovered by Britney Gobble, Patty Thomas, and Johnny Gobble, observing unique traits in some of the kittens they received. They did not find any illness after running some tests on them.

They concluded that they were a natural breed with a different genetic composition. In 2016, the breed was recognized by The International Cat Association (TICA).

Physical Characteristics

This is an average-sized domestic cat who weighs between 3.5 kg to 7 kg and has a height of between 8-10 inches. The female Lykoi cats are smaller than males. They have a triangular-shaped face, a black nose, and big yellow eyes, which only intensify as they grow. Their bodies are a bit slender and come with a long neck.

The Lykoi is a partially hairless cat without a true undercoat. Some of her body parts, such as chin, eyes, behind the ears and the muzzle are often hairless. Some of them are hairier than others. Some Lykoi cats are almost bald, while others are nearly haired entirely. 

It is peculiar that with such small amounts of hair, Lykoi cats shed so much hair that they nearly become bald. After they molt, they regrow their hair, but sometimes the hair color changes from the original.

Suitable Feeding Options

Owing to the ongoing research on Lykoi cats, sticking to the safe feeding options is a smart move. If possible, consult your veterinarian.

Go for the already available feline food which are available in both dry and wet options. Wet food is the best since it contains much-needed moisture and natural proteins.

Home-made meals should be composed of at least 70% high quality protein sourced from natural sources. It is wise to stick with a specific feeding regiment once you are satisfied with your choice.

However, if you need to change the cat's diet, do it in moderation as a sudden change could cause digestion issues.

Caring tips 

Lykoi cats prefer a clean environment, so to make your cat happy, make a point of keeping its surroundings clean, especially the litter box.

When litter training your Lykoi, ensure that she can easily access the litter box and also avoid clumping litter. It could lead to internal blockages, especially if ingested by a kitten. 

Provide sufficient clean drinking water every day and always clean its water and food bowls before refilling. Go for regular health check-ups and vaccinate your Lykoi cat. Frequent check-ups ensure that any illnesses are discovered and treated early.

Recommendations For Grooming

Lykoi cats are good at grooming themselves, so you do not have to spend a lot of time bathing your cat. However, bath times should involve the use of cat-grade shampoo to protect the cat's hair coat. 

Conduct regular checks for wax and dirt build-up and brush the cat's teeth often. Clean the ears using a moist clean and soft towel or a cotton bud.

Brush the haircoat regularly but gently considering her delicate nature. Brush towards the direction of the hair flow using a soft brush once or twice a week. When the Lykoi is molting, then brush the hair daily.

Behavioral Traits and Personality

This intelligent breed can come with solutions for simple problems and enjoy learning new tricks, so keep your cat engaged by teaching them and involving them in interactive games. Doing so helps to keep them stimulated and focused.

Do not expect your Lykoi cat breed to follow you around. She is more likely that they will spend time alone just observing their surroundings, especially if in the company of new people or a new environment. Although they enjoy the company of humans, they also like being alone from time to time. 

They are fond of playing games. Playing fetch with a Lykoi is fun since they learn fast. They are energetic cats who are often ready to switch from one game to the other.

Lykoi cats also enjoy the attention they get from humans, but they also interact well with other pets. These loyal cats are also quite curious. They will explore every inch of the house until they have nothing new to observe.

Health Concerns

As stated earlier, research on the breed is ongoing. However, these cats enjoy a healthy life. They will live for about 13-15 years. Taking good care of your cat boosts her chances of living longer.

Due to the scarcity of hair, Lykoi cats are susceptible to severe weather conditions such as hypothermia and sunburns. Inbreeding is also a problem because these cats are few; genetic diseases can easily be passed.

Approximate Cost

If you are considering owning a Lykoi, be prepared to part with around $3000.

Kittens usually go for approximately $2000. Blue kittens cost about $1500, black roan will cost you around $2500 while black tuxedo kittens are  approximately $1800.

The Lykoi cats are unique and a special breed. If you decide to have one, you will get a loyal and fun kittie.

  • Jan
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