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Werewolf Cats Are Real And One Of Nature’s Strangest And Most Terrifying Breeds

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 15 Mar 2020 17:15
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Werewolf cats are an actual breed of domestic house cats, and they’re super odd. 

When you think of a normal cat, your mind goes to a big fur ball with round faces and even rounder bellies, but these unique cats are far from your usual breeds.

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The peculiar pussies, known officially as Lykoi cats, look the way they do because of a genetic mutation. Some will have lots of fur, while others will be partially hairless.

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The mutation means the cats lack the components needed to create hair, so they often don’t have an undercoat, unlike most cats.

Having such thin fur, it emphasises the cats’ big eyes and pointy, werewolf-like ears

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Apparently there’s only five breeders of them in the whole world, so that’s probably why you (fortunately) haven’t had one howling at the moon on your front lawn.

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Adding to their quirkiness, it’s said Lykoi cats have some dog-like qualities in the way that they behave – it’s even said they act like a pack when there’s a group of them together.

Cat expert Mandy Store said about the funny-looking cat:

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They have similar features to the look of a wolf, the characteristics of a dog and the features of a cat.

One person online joked that Lykoi cats are a product of kittens being born during a full moon, while someone else said, ‘I’ll keep my elderly Siamese cat thank you. She’s enough of a weirdo.’

Love them or hate them – you’ve got to admit that they’re definitely a breed of their own.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: Animals, cat, Pets