The world is full of different kinds of cat breeds, and a new one has joined the ranks: meet Lykoi cats. This is a real kind of cat developed by breeders who once worked with hairless breeds. You can definitely see some of the similarities to hairless cats, and the Lykoi has a distinct resemblance to werewolves. How did they come to be? The Lykoi website explains:
“The Lykoi Cat is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair that has the appearance of a werewolf. The mutation has occurred in other cats, but to date, no reports of anyone starting a breed have been made. Our founding cats come from two unrelated litters. The first litter was presented to Patti Thomas as a natural occurring Sphynx mutation (they were born around July 2010). The mother was a black domestic shorthair. Upon receiving the kittens, (a brother, sister, and their mother), she knew they were not Sphynx. This confirmation was done with DNA testing for Devon/Sphynx gene which the kittens did not have.”
They’ve done testing to rule out genetic diseases and to look for skin abnormalities. Tests apparently showed the mutation was natural, and the breeding program only officially began at that point – that was in September 2011.
I have to say the cats are pretty darn cute, but if you’re considering a Lykoi, I’d give the breed several years to ensure there aren’t health issues.
Check out more photos and a couple of videos after the break.