Sunday, 15 November 2015

This Adorable Kitty Looks Like a Werewolf: Here's Why

by Elizabeth Palermo, Associate Editor   |   November 10, 2015 03:09pm ET

A cute and cuddly kitty cat with strange facial hair and unusual hunting habits is changing the way people think about a not-so-adorable mythological creature: the werewolf.

8-month-old male Lykoi.jpgThe Lykoi breed of domestic cat (its name comes from the Greek wordlykos, or wolf) has an unusual genetic mutation that causes its hair to grow in a werewolflike way. The skin around the cat's eyes, muzzle and chin is hairless, making it resemble a human-turned-werewolf. Lykoi cats are partially hairless on their legs and paws as well, giving them a "hairy hand" appearance (the telltale sign that a person is about to shift into a werewolf), said Johnny Gobble, a veterinarian and Lykoi breeder in Tennessee.

And so-called werewolf cats don't just look like tiny, shape-shifting dogs; they also act a bit like canines, Gobble told Live Science.

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