Meet the Werewolf Cats That Are Sweeping the Internet
We're not sure if this new breed of cat is due to a rise in Buniculas or some other vampire creature needing to be kept in check by nature, but apparently some force created a mutation to spawn a "Werewolf Cat."
This new breed is known as the Lykoi Cat, loosely named after the Greek word for wolf. Though they are slightly creepy looking with their unique hair coat pattern, being hairless around the eyes, nose and muzzle makes them slightly more attractive than, say, Teen Wolf. We'll leave it up to you as to whether it's more attractive than Jacob the werewolf in the teen romance saga, Twilight.
Both of these werewolves seem a little shocked by their other-worldly appearance...
The Lykoi cats are apparently healthy and very affectionate, according to the breed's founders, Johnny (who is a veterinarian) and Brittney Gobble. Their cattery is in Tennessee where they also breed and show Sphynx cats. The Lykoi do not have any Sphynx genes in their DNA, however.
The Lykoi Cat is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair. They lack an undercoat and have white guard hairs showing through the black hair. They only acceptable color within the breed standard is black as it enhances the desired werewolf appearance.
Their cattery mommy, Brittney Gobble, is also a professional pet photographer, which helps promote these unusual looking creatures. You can see these and other amazing photos on their Facebook page.
Don't expect that you'll be able to have your own werewolf cat real soon. There are only 5 Lykoi breeders worldwide! The TICA has recognized the breed, but there will need to be higher Lykoi numbers before they gain full recognition. There will be a limited number of cats available to the public hopefully by 2016.
Then you can have your own werewolf cat to cuddle with as you watch your favorite vampire movies.