An unofficial cat breed isgaining attention for its unusual qualities and uncanny resemblance to werewolves.
Dr. Johnny Gobble, the Lykoi’s founding breeder, said that the breed is 100 percent cat, though the felines have some personality traits usually found in dogs. For instance, they wag their tails and tracks scents.
“The first kittens, they looked like little hunting dogs running around on the carpet,” he told ABC. “I thought it was neat.”
The International Cat Association says the unofficial breed started in 2011, and was the result of natural mutations in domestic shorthair cats, but many cat lovers believe it was done on purpose.
“This is so sad. Why can’t people leave Mother Nature alone?” said one Facebook user.
“Sorry, there are too many cats and dogs in shelters now and you have some very sick humans who want a cat that looks like a freakin’ werewolf so they start breeding them? Then when the novelty wears off the poor cats will be dumped on the side of the road or abused.”
But Gobble denies this charge, echoing the association by saying the breed first occurred in wild cat populations.
“People are creeped out by them–there’s people out there that completely hate them,” he said. “There’s people out there that hate me because they think I spliced DNA.”
The veterinary medicine expert ran tests on the first Lykoi cats to make sure future kittens wouldn’t have any major cat concerns.
According to Gobble’s website, there’s a waiting list for the kittens. They range in price from $1,500 to $2,500.
And for good reason, according to the association.
“The Lykoi Cat is very friendly and demands attention. Most people find them unattractive upon first sight, but then want nothing to do but hold them and feel their wonderful coat,” it noted. “Others want a ‘little wolf’ from the beginning”