Halloween is just a few weeks off. Pop into almost any store this week, and you’ll see all sorts of iconic Halloween candy and decor, and plenty of products with classic Halloween icons like spiders, skulls, vampires, mummies, and, of course, werewolves. Speaking of werewolves, there’s actually a new werewolf on the scene, and she’s really cute. Here, a veterinarian discusses Halloween’s newest mascot … the Lykoi, or werewolf kitty.
Aside from her name, appearance, and possible fixation on full moons, the Lykoi is just like any other cat. These lovable felines have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, should weigh about 6 to 8 pounds, and are very good at wrapping their humans around their paws. Fluffy may not howl at the moon, but she isn’t shy about speaking her mind. As one would expect, Lykois appreciate kitty luxuries, such as scratching posts, comfy beds, and, of course, catnip. (No word yet on how they feel about silver.)
Fluffy is, well, not very fluffy. In fact, most Lykois have very thin coats. Many don’t have any fur at all around their eyes, nose, and mouths. Some are completely hairless! (Unsurprisingly, these bald kitties often get mixed up with Sphynx cats.) Like other hairless cats, the Lykoi can get cold very easily. This is one reason we recommend keeping them indoors … especially when the moon is full. However, don’t assume that they don’t shed. The Lykoi actually sheds quite a bit for a cat that doesn’t have much hair to begin with!
Werewolf myths have been around for centuries. Some of the oldest legends date all the way back to ancient Greece! (Fun fact: the name Lykoi is derivative of Lycos, the Greek word for wolf.) The Lykoi might not be quite that old, but kitties with their distinctive look have been observed in feral cat colonies for quite a while. In 2011, breeders matched two of them up, thereby beginning Fluffy’s journey to getting recognized as an official breed. That actually didn’t take very long: the International Cat Association granted the kitties official status only one year later, in 2012. The Lykoi is still quite rare: there are fewer than 100 show-standard ones registered worldwide. While we still have lots to learn about these kitties, we’re pretty sure that you that you don’t need to worry about changing into a werecat if Fluffy bites you.
Do you have questions about your feline friend? Contact us, your animal clinic, today.