Some people love them, others don’t, but whatever your feelings are for them, cats remain one of the most popular pets in the United States.
They have been human companions for thousands of years, and with the emergence of the Internet, their popularity is rising day by day. There are numerous breeds of cats one can choose from, ranging from big and fluffy to small and hairless.
Today however, we will focus on one particular breed of cats that look very interesting! Meet the Lykoi cats, one of the newest cat breeds in the world!
What makes these cats so interesting is the fact that they look like little werewolves! They look like that because they all have a natural mutation that alters their appearance. To make things even more interesting, they are known to act like dogs and are quite sociable for a cat breed.
Their name, Lykoi, is a Greek word that means wolf. This cat breed first appeared in 2010, and was bred by a veterinarian named Johnny Gobble. He and his wife, Brittney, are currently the primary breeders of the wolf cats.
Even though there was a little bit of worry that these cats might carry the Sphynx gene, it was later proven that they don’t have it. For the record, Sphynx cats are known for being almost hairless, as well as having an extroverted behavior. Nevertheless, Lykoi cats and Sphynx cats do not have the same genes.
While the Sphynx cats are almost completely hairless, the Lykoi cats do have fur. They just don’t have it everywhere. Due to their natural mutation, Lykoi cats do not have hair around their eyes, muzzle and ears. During their lifetime, they also have periods of patchy hair. Their mutation also prevents them from fully developing an undercoat, as well as growing a full coat.
Another interesting thing about this breed of cats is their behavior. Although they look like wild cats, they are apparently very friendly and intelligent. Just like other cats, they are initially wary of people, but after some time they become friendly.
Because of the way they look, the Lykoi cats were tested to see if their appearance is caused by a disease or some sort of abnormality.
Luckily, it was found that their appearance was cause by genetics and that they are healthy. Because of their peculiar appearance, we are absolutely certain that they will become really popular in the future.
For the time being, they are very rare, as there are only around 50 Lykoi cats in the entire world! If you want a Lykoi cat for yourself, you better be prepared to wait and to pay a lot! This particular breed can cost up to $2500 for just one kitten! That is a lot of money!
On the other hand, this might be the rarest breed of cats in the world, and the way they look is just adorable! Even if you are one of those people that are not too fond of cats, you have to admit that having a little werewolf looking cat roam in your house is pretty cool.