Wolfcat’s have become rather popular lately because of some cute videos going around about them on TikTok and on Instagram. But just what is a wolfcat?
The breed is actually called Lykoi, but most call them wolfcats or werewolf cats.
Due to their unique, wolf-like appearance and their sparse hair coat. The breed is created by breeding a domestic shorthair cat with a naturally occurring mutation that causes a lack of guard hairs.
The breed was first discovered in 2010 in a feral colony in Tennessee, USA, and was developed as a breed by breeding cats with the same mutation.
Lykoi cats have a distinct appearance, they have a thin coat, which makes them look like they have no fur, and they have a distinctive black mask and black-tipped ears. They have friendly and playful personalities and are great with kids and other pets.
It’s worth noting that the breeding of these cats is still relatively new, and not all cats that look like lykoi cats are purebred lykoi, some may be mixed breeds or cats with a similar genetic mutation. It’s best to consult with a reputable breeder to ensure the authenticity of the cat and also to be aware of any potential genetic health issues that may arise from breeding cats with this specific genetic mutation.
The Lykoi breed is known for its unique, wolf-like appearance, which is characterized by its fine, short, and relatively soft coat. The standard color for Lykoi cats is black roan, which gives them a slight silvery appearance. Unlike other cats, the Lykoi does not have an undercoat, which makes them look almost mangy and hairless. Their eyes are round, amber, or green in color.
Despite their fine, relatively short coats, Lykoi are not considered a hypoallergenic cat breed. Lykoi are heavy shedders, sometimes even more than a typical domestic shorthair, and Lykoi kittens are even born with a full coat.
Lykoi cats have a moderate shedding rate, and their coat can change dramatically a few times a year, where they shed almost all of their fur before growing it back. Brushing them at least once or twice a week will help to keep shedding under control, but it’s also important to give them a bath once a month to keep their skin clean and free from excess oils.
Due to their thin coat, Lykoi cats should be indoor pets only. Their hair does not provide sufficient protection from cold weather or direct sunlight, so it is important to keep them away from those conditions to ensure their well-being.
In colder months, it may be necessary to provide a heated bed or sweaters to keep the Lykoi warm, particularly if they like to sit near drafty windows.