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Lykoi 'Werewolf Kitties' for Real – So Watch Out for Full Moons

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A Lykoi "werewolf cat" pictured on the website of founding breeder Johnny Gobble.

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 07:56 AM

The Lykoi cat breed, dubbed the "werewolf cat," is the newest rage on the Internet. The creepy-looking kitty is real and its pricetag is enough to really scare you.

Lykoi is Greek for "wolves," and the werewolf kitties are 100 percent cat, according to founding breeder Johnny Gobble, said ABC News, and the International Cat Association said the Lykoi kitty was "the result of a natural mutation that has been reported intermittently over the past few years."

"When one looks straight into the face, the cat has the appearance of the mythical werewolf," said the cat group, the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats and household pet cats. "The Lykoi cat is a partially hairless cat that can be almost entirely hairless to mostly coated. The hair coat is unique in appearance in that it resembles the coat an opossum when mostly coated."

According to Gobble's Lykoi website, the mutation happened started about 20 years ago.

Gobble, who is a veterinarian, said he examined his breed to make sure future kittens would not run into health issues, noted ABC News. He admitted the Lykoi cat is not everyone's cup of tea.

"People are creeped out by them," said Gobble. "There's people out there that completely hate them. There's people out there that hate me because they think I spliced DNA."

Their popularity, though, and their rarity can cost someone who wants one a pretty penny – $2,500 for each.

The cats have been a hit on social media so far. BGR.com reported Lykoi cats were one of the top trending topics on Facebook on Monday.


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