The Lyoki cat is basically the local shorthair cat that underwent a spontaneous mutation, giving our feline friend its distinctive look. As a matter of fact, common domestic cats carry the so-called Lykoi gene. Due to the recessive nature of this gene, both parent cats are required for Lykoi kitten pups to have the signature characteristics.
The history of the breed began in 2010 when Johnny Gobble who has been raising plants and animals since he was 15 found these cats. He usually breeds Sphynx cats among other things; when he discovered two special looking kittens he was quite surprised. Genetic and health tests were then carried out to find out whether the kittens' odd appearance was caused by a disease. It turned out that the appearance of the cats is due to a natural mutation.
As the initial discoverer of the breed, Patti Thomas gave the cats the name "Lykoi" in reference to their physical appearance. Patti entrusted the cats to Brittney and Johnny Gobble, a Tennessee veterinarian. A few months later, a second couple was spotted, adopted by Brittney and Johnny Gobble. After the necessary tests were carried out, the Lykoi breeding could begin.
Unique all the way
The breeders could ascertain that the fur alterations are the result of a mutation and not illness, so they continued to breed these to maintain the unique look through generations. As far as we know, there shouldn't be any negative health effects from this breeding process and there are no recognized particular Lykoi illnesses at this time; The breed's gene pool is, however, somewhat tiny. This raises the possibility of genetic conditions including miscarriage or physical abnormalities. To expand the gene pool and preserve the health of the young breed, breeders purposefully cross-breed different cats. These seem relatively normal but can pass on the werewolf look due to the recessive nature of the Lykoi gene. The fact that crossbreeding is a must within this family, makes the pure Lyokis so much more special.
The Werewolf Cat
Many people's initial impression of the Lykoi is that it looks like a cat out of a fairy tale, since it resembles the animals in werewolf mythology, in the shape of a cat with her unique hair and large eyes. However, everyone familiar with the breed is aware that a true affectionate cat lies behind the strange appearance.
The baldness is mostly evident their thin, black-gray fur. Ineffective hair follicles shorten the hair cycle, causing premature hair loss or non-growth. Nearly naked are the paws and belly. The large, round eyes are made larger by the lack of hair surrounding them.The fur on paws and legs is often scant and the lack of an undercoat on Lykoi is the cause of this. This is due to the fact that some hair follicles are deficient in the elements required to form hair. The balance of the elements necessary to support development is absent in the other portion of the hair follicle. This breed molts multiple times a year, changing its coat like a bird, for the same reason: The Lykoi is briefly bare or perhaps entirely bald at this stage.
For the first two weeks after birth, the kittens are still hairy; after that, the fur changes. Despite having thick, black fur at birth, they shed their hair after just two weeks. Why? Some hair follicles are unable to grow hair and bind it to the skin permanently.
Breeders of Lykoi cats are presently concentrating on producing black cats that resemble werewolves.
Other fur hues are theoretically feasible. Fans of the cat describe it as intelligent, sociable, and extremely loving.
Despite her sour visual disposition, the Lykoi adores spending time with their preferred human. She is regarded as affectionate and struggles when left alone for an extended period of time.They start to purr loudly when held.
What do they eat?
Generally speaking, the Lykoi cat should consume the same foods as other pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats.
You can decide whether to eat dry food or wet food. In addition to other things, the kidneys benefit from a sufficient amount of moisture.
If dry food is supplied as a supplement, that is, if it is given in addition to wet food, then it is advised.
Otherwise, the cat's kidneys might be harmed by the dry food's low moisture level. After all, only around 8% of dry food has any moisture. In any event, make sure your cat has access to enough fresh water in a dish or cat waterer.
Self-cooking or BARF (biologically appropriate raw feeding) are additional feeding techniques. Here, the excellent caliber of the meat provided to the cats is also crucial. It should be mentioned that these techniques call for thorough understanding of your cat's dietary requirements; otherwise, deficiency symptoms may manifest.
Therefore, learn more about the topic and, if required, consult your vet.
Cat treats are welcome to be used as a reward, but should never be used as the main source of food to avoid overweight your beloved cat.
She is not at all like a werewolf; the Lykoi is sociable and affectionate. She is also quite friendlier than one might expect from a werewolf. Lykois enjoy to play with "their" people and are highly clever creatures. The werewolf cat has a dual personality that is both calm and playful. It is also quite curious. She enjoys having her human housemates' attention.
Since the shrewd Lykois also enjoy toys, a variety of cat toys shouldn't be lacking. Since Lykois typically get along with their conspecifics, purchasing a second cat is also a possibility.
This cat breed is "cunning, hound-like," and "very loving," according to John Gobble.
Where can they be found?
Due of the werewolf cat's great rarity, some individuals offer Lykois without providing confirmation of lineage in order to make a quick profit. Never engage in any sort of relationship with such breezy "breeders." Be ready for a thorough search if a Lykoi appears in your dreams.
The Lykoi commands a high price; a specimen of this breed costs perhaps in the neighborhood of 1,800 euros.
Breeders are relatively few in number. Compared to Europe, the USA has a far higher prevalence of this cat breed.
Currently, there are about 30 breeders throughout the globe.
Ask the breeder about how to take care of the animals when you are visiting them as they need peculiar care.