Dog people love the loyalty of their furry little friends, while cat owners are smitten by their fur ball's independent ways. If only there was a way we could have a pet with the independence of a cat but the loyalty of a dog. Well, fellow animal lovers, look no further than the slightly terrifying Lykoi werewolf cat.
With missing tufts of hair around their nose and eyes, this bizarre, but strangely adorable cat has been created by breeders in the United States.
Because of a unique genetic mutation, these furry felines are left looking like their hair is permanently standing on end, which is the reason they've been nicknamed the werewolf cat.
Not only do they look permanently scared, but some cats can lose almost all of their hair when shedding and then regrow it as they get older. It's thought that this happens because the breed doesn't have an undercoat.
Listen up, dog lovers, because the curious new breed also acts like a canine. They like to play, they're loyal, and they won't even plot revenge against you behind your back.
The breeders obviously have a sense of humour. The name Lykoi is said to have come from the Greek word for wolf. And more humour still, they have an acute prey drive, which means they'll stalk and pounce on anything they think is prey.
If you're thinking of adopting one of these little guys to join your menagerie, you might want to think about that long and hard before you go off and buy one.
Why's that? Well, for starters, they're pretty hard to track. There are only 54 Lykoi cats in the world and just seven registered breeders.
And being a rare werekitty comes with a hefty price tag, too, of course. A werewolf-cat fur baby will set you back between $2,500 and $3,500 AUD.
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