In addition to the fluffy representatives of the cat family that are familiar to all, living with a person in a dwelling, outwardly unusual animals are also very popular today. Representatives of this class of cats should include the Lykoi breed, which is in demand among breeders around the world.
There are several versions of the origin of Lykoi cats. The first option is the appearance of animals with such unusual external data as a result of crossing the Sphynx and the American Shorthair cat. In this case, the breeders planned to get offspring without hair, while the kittens were born partially covered with short hair, which was considered a developmental anomaly. However, the animals not only survived, but also developed and grew beautifully.
After the analysis, it was found that representatives of the cat family, born by crossing such cats, are distinguished by good health, and the appearance is the result of mutations at the gene level. In addition, the analyzes carried out allowed scientists to establish that the animals that were born did not inherit the genetic similarity with the Devon Rex or Sphynx, but belong to short-haired cats.
Another version of the emergence of a new breed is the story of a resident of Virginia, who from an ordinary domestic cat had offspring with a partial coat of wool on her body. After the owner of such unusual tailed cats turned to the sphinx breeder for help, another case of the birth of kittens with such unique external qualities was registered, but in the state of Tennessee.
Genetic tests have shown that animals from different states have the same recessive gene in which the mutation occurred. It was this fact that led to the presence of cats and cats of a similar exterior. The name of the breed was fixed thanks to the owner of the cats. And further work of scientists with the breed of werewolf animals made it possible to fix all the signs of this species in them.
In 2012, a standard for lykoi was developed, which was adopted by most of the world’s organizations, in light of which the breed began to gain popularity among cat breeders around the world.
Animals of the Lykoy breed differ significantly in their external characteristics from other representatives of the cat family. There are a number of exterior features.
- Body. The body of the animal is correct, in the light of their size, cats look thin. The muscles of the representatives of this breed are evenly developed, thanks to which the pets demonstrate dexterity and grace in their movements. The tail is longer than average, the end is slightly narrowed. In size, the tail should be smaller than the body.
- Limbs. The paws of cats are set evenly, they do not stand out for their length, however, the hind limbs should be slightly shorter than the front ones. Wool on the bottom should be absent. The pads on the paws will be rounded.
- Head. The skull of the Lykoi has a wedge-shaped shape with rounded edges and an oblong frontal bone, while the head of cats of this breed will slightly exceed the size of the skull of other members of the cat family. The ears of the cathounds should have a wide base and pointed ends, the auricles will be set wide. The eyes are almond-shaped and slanting upwards. For animals of this breed, a rather open look is characteristic. The color of the pupils is predominantly dark, while kittens can be born with a yellow iris.
- Wool. The main characteristic of the exterior of Lykoi cats will be their coat. According to tactile sensations, the fur coat of werecats is quite soft, it does not stand out for its density. The length of the villi can vary from short to long. The density of the pile will depend on the time of year and molting. Lykoi have almost no undercoat. Some breeders believe that werecats are hypoallergenic.
The color of animals is predominantly black with gray hair, such a color among specialists is called roan. Lykoi have wool that is light at the base, but gray at the end or with a black tip. Cats and cats of this breed are distinguished by good health, as well as endurance.
However, animals have not yet been studied enough, so it is not excluded that in the future they may be found to have any congenital diseases.
In addition to their outstanding appearance, pets are distinguished by highly developed intelligence, as well as initiative and contact. Cats are quite active, they willingly play both with a person and without him with different toys. Likoev can be walked in the fresh air, they will actively explore the territory, if necessary, standing up to protect it from intruders. This character trait is more inherent in cats.
At home, pets spend most of the day on the move, it is very rare to find a cat that sleeps almost all day. Likoi love to take part in human affairs, they are happy to be in the spotlight. Pets quickly get used to their breeder, so they need daily contact with him, as well as new experiences. They may show some wariness with strangers, however, due to natural curiosity, they can make contact with a new object or object that has appeared in the home.
Face breeders note that cats very often spend time in the gopher pose, and also use their forelimbs more actively in the game. Cats and cats are not devoid of hunting instincts, so they can demonstrate them in the house and outside. On walks they can play and catch small insects, they are extremely rarely interested in larger prey. Pets are recommended to be walked on a leash.
Werecats are endowed with the instinct of a protector, therefore they are able at some moments to demonstrate their guardianship in relation to all members of their family. In some cases, pets come into conflict even with large animals when they feel the need to defend their interests and protect the breeder.
In the light of such features of pets that are unusual in appearance, it is worth considering in advance the number of animals living in the same house with the face.
Conditions of detention
In light of the peculiarities of the exterior of the pets of this breed, the maintenance of such cats will require certain knowledge and skills from the breeder. The main point will concern the care of animal hair. Lykoi are prone to frequent molting, so the dwelling will need to be more often cleaned and cleaned of soft surfaces where the cat spends time. Animals will need to be combed regularly, for these purposes it is recommended to use a soft brush so as not to damage the sensitive skin of the pet.
Often there will be no need to bathe the faces, you can limit yourself to wiping the bald parts of the animal’s body with a damp rag. After such hygiene procedures, the cat should be wrapped in a towel, as pets can get cold and get sick. The eyes and ears of cats will require special attention from breeders. They need to be cleaned with wet cotton pads. To prevent the development of any disease, in cats and cats, the accumulated secret in the corners of the eyes should be removed daily. The ears should be free of wax and other contaminants.
A feature of the breed is the accumulation of a brown secret in the area of the claws, so the pet’s limbs must be regularly examined, the claws cut, without touching the living part of the nail. In light of the unusual type of cat hair, they are extremely sensitive to high and low temperatures, so in winter, pets are recommended to be additionally warmed with clothes for cats, and in summer, to the maximum, protect them from direct sunlight on the epidermis, which can lead to burns.
For an active pastime in the home, it is best for lycoys to install a game complex at home, as well as purchase several toys. For adult cats, you can buy a regular tray, but for kittens of this breed, it is more correct to choose an option with low sides so that it is easier for the animal to climb into it. As the animal grows, its size is gradually increased.
As fillers, products for short-haired cats are allowed. It can be wood, silica gel or mineral composition.
Like any other pet, cats need routine vaccinations, as well as prophylactic treatment for parasites. Typically, these exotic-looking felines do not show any allergic reactions to vaccines or hygiene products. Animals are not allergic to food. The kitten should receive the first vaccination at the age of 2-3 months. Scheduled dewormings are carried out at least once every 3-4 months, treatment from ectoparasites with Lycoa will be needed once every 6 months. Animals of this breed, with proper care and a good diet, are able to live with a breeder for more than 10 years.
If the breeder does not plan to breed lycoys in the future, it is best to castrate or sterilize your pet. Cats are usually sent for surgery when they reach 7-12 months of age, however, it is best to rely on the opinion of a veterinarian in this matter. As for the males, they are usually castrated between the ages of 10 months and two years.
In most cases, young cats and cats are easier to tolerate surgery and recover from it.
When compiling a diet for lycoys, several fundamental rules should be followed. It is not recommended to overfeed your cat. And for the menu of an exotic animal, it is necessary to select only high-quality food that contains a maximum of vitamins and nutrients. For animals of the Lykoi breed, it is advised to give preference to industrial feed. Wet foods are preferred, but dry foods are also acceptable. As for the class of purchased products, it must be at least super-premium.
In the natural menu, the breeder will need to additionally introduce vitamin complexes. Some breeders note that when keeping cats on regular food, they can sort through the offered food. Cats should have meat and fish, dairy products, vegetables and cereals in their diet. The number of meals per day will depend on the age of the cat. So, for Lykoi kittens aged 2 to 4 months, it is recommended to make a menu with 6 meals a day.
Every month, the number of doses is recommended to be reduced by one, so that by the year the cat eats 3 times a day.
Adult animals are allowed to feed twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. If the pet will eat natural food, then with extreme caution he should be offered fresh milk. Breeders recommend introducing it into the menu no earlier than 6 months, so as not to cause disorders in the digestive system. For faces, it will be mandatory to include boiled eggs, lean meats in the diet, you can offer your pet fruits, except for citrus and exotic fruits.
Due to the increased heat exchange, it is recommended that animals be given portions that are slightly larger in volume than cats and cats of other breeds. Among the products prohibited for consumption, it is necessary to highlight:
- spices and nuts in any form;
- fatty meats, especially pork;
- smoked meats;
- bones from birds and fish.
The presence of fresh drinking water in the animal is mandatory.
If you have one or two heterosexual pets of this breed, you can take advantage of a unique opportunity and try to get the offspring of these interesting cats on your own. Today, lykoys can be found far from every cattery, and the growing demand for pets with a similar appearance can bring tangible profits to the owner in the future.
However, the priority in this case will be membership in a specialized club of breeders. The next step is the participation of animals, which are planned to be used for crossing, in various exhibitions. This moment is necessary for the cat or cat to be officially approved for breeding. If there is only one face, he needs to choose the appropriate pair. It is important that this animal also has membership in the club and participates in exhibitions.
There are a number of requirements that a partner / partner must meet.
- The main issue is the health of the animal. He must be free from birth defects and external deviations from breed standards.
- The best option would be faces with a pedigree. In this case, you can be sure of the purebredness of the selected animal.
- Usually, before breeding, an agreement is concluded between cat breeders. It is necessary to prescribe all the conditions, as well as the rights to future kittens.
Cats are not recommended for mating in their first estrus.. As practice shows, the probability of reproducing healthy kittens will be higher if you miss at least two estrus in an animal.
The optimal age for a cat to become pregnant is one year. As for cats, they can be allowed to mate at the age of 13-14 months.
From a physiological point of view, a healthy cat is able to give birth up to five times in one year. But this option is stressful and exhausting for the animal’s body, which can adversely affect the health of the offspring, as well as reduce the life expectancy of the mother. After each birth, the pet must be given time to recover.
It is recommended to invite a veterinarian for the first birth of a young animal. Immediately after them, the doctor will be able to objectively assess the condition of the cat and offspring, and also eliminate the likelihood of developing such serious ailments as mastitis, inflammation of the uterus, etc. If there are any complications, the next birth in cats should occur after at least a year.
As a rule, breeders are of the opinion that more than 3 times in 2 years it is not recommended for a cat of the breed to give birth to a full-fledged cat.
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