The Lykoi cat belongs to one of the most recent and little known feline breeds that exist. What most attracts the attention of these kittens are their large yellow eyes and their disheveled black or gray roan fur. Traits that resemble small cubs. Despite their wild appearance, they are affectionate and very sociable cats.
A native of Virginia and Tennessee, this breed is not yet recognized by all federations. In fact, the University of Tennessee monitors its evolution in order to detect possible conditions and to remedy them. Do you know that there are barely several dozen of these cats in the world?
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Characteristics of the Lykoi cat
They are cats with a slender and elongated body, of medium size and a fine tail. They are born with hardly any hair on their faces, ears, belly and legs. As they grow the hair covers these areas, but being roan the appearance is somewhat disheveled . The face and ears do not develop hair at any time. His nose is always black.
|Origin America (USA)|
|Weight from 4 to 7 kg males and 3.5 to 5 kg females|
|Short, soft and roan hair. The base is always black, gray or silver gray but there are white streaks that produce the optical effect of seeing bald spots. Therefore, their fur seems to be always messy and gives them a wild appearance.|
|Triangular shaped head|
|Ears large, in proportion to the rest of the body, and pointed|
|Eyes also large, are yellow in color and slightly upturned.|
|Medium length tail is very fine, especially at the tip|
|Estimated longevity of 12 to 18 years|
|Difficulty caring for it low|
Character and behavior of the Lykoi cat
Upon seeing them, the first impression leads us to consider them somewhat fierce. However, this is not the case at all. In fact, they are not as independent as many of their peers. They enjoy the company of humans and can coexist perfectly with children or other animals if they are properly socialized from puppies.
They are active, playful, curious and intelligent cats . They are very sociable, although it may take them some time to become familiar with strangers. Not surprisingly, they are compared to dogs for their docile and loyal temperament to their owner. They are extraordinary hunters, so games that appeal to their hunting instincts are very suitable.
Care required by the Lykoi cat
These specimens require the usual care of other breeds. You must sanitize the eyes and ears using a sterile gauze moistened in physiological saline. You will have to cut their nails and clean their teeth using a baby brush or one specifically for cats. The toothpaste should not contain fluoride, as it is toxic to cats.
Since their hair is short, it will be enough to brush it a maximum of 2 times a week with a brush with short, separate bristles. Of course, in the molting season it is convenient that brushing is daily to prevent the ingestion of dead hair and an eventual obstruction of the digestive tract.
Bathe him when he’s really dirty and you can’t get rid of the dirt with wet wipes. Use a specific shampoo for your hair type. Likewise, do not neglect your daily routine of physical activity. It will help you vent your energy, keep you in shape and it will help you to strengthen your bond. You will prevent stress and obesity.
Lykoi cat health
Perhaps, due to its brief history, pathologies inherent to this breed have not yet been identified. In the beginning, when it was found that certain parts of their body lacked hair, it was thought that it could be due to a disease or their genetic relationship with hairless breeds, such as the sphinx cats or the Devon rex .
However, those theories were quickly discarded. The lack of hair is the product of a natural genetic mutation , there are no pathologies or kinship with hairless breeds. Lykoi are, therefore, healthy cats exposed to the typical diseases of the feline species in general.
We refer to feline leukemia, panleukopenia , pneumonia, infectious peritonitis, rhinotracheitis or calcivirus. Less seriously, lykoi can develop conjunctivitis, otitis, or periodontitis if the above care is not taken. Regular visits to the vet will allow you to preserve their quality of life.
History of the breed and fun facts
The first specimens with black hair and certain parts of the body bald were sighted in 2010 in Virginia and Tennessee (USA). They were not related to each other. From the crossing of these cats the first lykoi were born. His name was chosen for his resemblance to wolves, since lykoi in Greek means wolf. Curious, right?