Ever heard of a Lykoi kitty? The Lykoi cat breed, better known as the Werewolf cat, is a natural mutation from domestic shorthairs, but we just think they are uncannily cool. This eerie little feline with wolf-like ears and penetrating eyes is equal parts captivating and creepy, but if you really want one, be prepared to drop at least a few grand to welcome the possible shape-shifting mythological lycanthrope into your home.
Writes USA Today on MSN News: “Feeling super spooky this winter and want a cat to match? A feline breed that looks just like a werewolf could be the perfect companion. Photos of the unique-looking Lykoi cat have been making the rounds online, bolstered by attention during Halloween.”
The Lykoi (from the Greek word meaning wolf) is a new cat in town, developed by veterinarian and founding breeder Dr. Johnny Gobble. According to Gobble’s website, the Lykoi is not an “Internet joke.” Nor is it a “cat with a skin problem.”
“Well let me assure you,” the site says. “These are very healthy cats and they are about to prove just how unique they really are! I know that some have seen photos and have been disgusted, but once you have looked a Lykoi in the eyes, you are under their spell!”
Lykoi have some very unusual traits: They are born with full hair, but molt, and as they grow older, they lose much of their coat, giving them that spotty, werewolf-like appearance. They also wag their long, foxlike tails like a dog, will play fetch and can track a scent like the best bloodhound on the block. They have no undercoat, and lack any hair around their facial features.
“The first kittens, they looked like little hunting dogs running around on the carpet,” Gobble told ABC News. “I thought it was neat. People are creeped out by them – there’s people out there that completely hate them. There’s people out there that hate me because they think I spliced DNA.”
In an FAQ section on Gobble’s breeding site, he describes Lykoi this way (after answering the first question that no, Lykoi are not a crossbreed of a monkey and an opossum):
I like to compare the Lykoi to hunting dogs. They are extremely loyal to their owners (slaves), very scent motivated (yes, many cats are…but these guys go almost ‘on point’ when they get a whiff of something!), and very intelligent. They are aware of EVERYTHING going on around them. They can be clingy at times, but generally if you are too busy to snuggle they will take ‘no’ as an answer and will go amuse themselves…as long as they are close enough to keep an eye on you!
Not sure if we want Lykoi werewolf kitties inspecting us from under the couch as we watch Teen Wolf, but perhaps the fact they are kind of adorable will surpass the internal fear factor.