Maxim Perfilin, the owner of the Russian first Werecat, the Lykoi Cat
How long has the Lykoi Cat really existed and how has this breed been bred?
- In fact it’s come to existence in 2001. The truth is that this breed is nearly 20 years old; people have been simply unaware of its appearance. An ordinary black cat started to produce weird kittens. People just thought that they had some kind of a disease and didn’t realize that it was a new breed. But its specimens had already appeared a long time ago. And only in 2011 they grasped that they were about to make a major discovery and that it was a new breed. They made a whole load of checks and run tests in order to make sure that the breed isn’t related to the Devon Rex, Sphynx Cat or to another feline variety.
So has it been a natural mutation?
- Yes, it’s a Lykoi gene, a natural mutation. A bunch of dermatological tests have been carried out in order to make sure that it isn’t a skin condition.
And it isn’t an inherited condition, is it?
It looks like its coat has a solid texture but actually it’s soft.
- Its softness comes from this type of hair which calls ron. No cats have white hair of such a structure. This hair is found only in dogs and horses. That’s why the cat which has this kind of hair is sometimes referred as the Cat-dog.
Dog hair. So it’s surely impossible to find out as to how it got into the feline gene pool.
- Such cats are still sometimes found in the street.
Are you saying that it’s some kind of local mutation?
- Yes, it has a regional nature and has appeared in the USA. But I hear that this hair has also been found in South Africa and subsequently in Israel. I mean basically they may exist somewhere in Russia, just …
No one has found them yet.
- Or they may have thought that it was shingles.
So if you see such a cat, it will take a while to realize that it’s some kind of an interesting pedigreed animal. Do they really have webbed paws?
- No, they don’t. In fact any cat will have such paws if you shave them.
And what can you tell us about the breed’s character? Does it have some specific features?
- Since it has descended from a household cat, it behaves itself as an ordinary cat. They have lively temperament. It’s a cheerful home cat; nothing special has come to mind.
- Its coat has a very unusual structure so groomers are still puzzled how to work with it. But the point is that they have hair without hair bulbs so it isn’t stable, namely the cat can go bald during its life in these places, namely it will have hairless neck and this (Maxim were showing the areas behind the cat’s ears) but hair can grow again later.
Do you mean that it sheds in the summer and gets its hair back by the winter?
- I haven’t noticed this pattern but during its life one day it goes bald, another day its hair grow back. They are light-sensitive cats, and while you keep them in the sun, they instantly darken.
Do they get a tan?
- Yes. Pigmentation increases rapidly. And as soon as you take it away from the sun, pigmentation wanes as quickly as it appears.
And is this breed prone to allergy? Is it ok or does it require some special care? So for example the Sphynx cat frequently suffers from various types of allergy.
- In terms of health… I think that they’ve received an iron constitution from ordinary household cats. In general, no breed-related diseases have been detected, they are very robust.
And from where exactly has this very cat been brought?
- From Tennessee, America. It descends from the forefather of this feline variety. The last name of the breeders who have created this breed is Gobblins.
It’s just fine. This last name suites these cats very well!
- Yes! They match just fine. I think they have appreciated this as well. According to the pedigree his name is Gob-Gobblins Wolf Bimca or simply Bimca.
How have you come to the decision to get this particular breed?
- Well, I’ve seen it on the internet and immediately liked it. In fact I’m the breeder of the Canadian Sphynx Cat so I really like everything strange like this.
And now you have the first Russian Lykoi Cat, do you?
- Yes. We have written to its breeder, have reached out to them straightway. They breed Sphynx Cats as well. We’ve talked with them about Sphynx Cats too, well, in the same fashion as the breeders of the same breed do. And they haven’t refused us and said «yes».
And is the second cat also yours? (NB On the second day of the show two Lyloi Cats have entered the ring, on the first day there’ve been only Bimca)
- No, this cat has arrived from Israel. I mean it has been bred there. I haven’t seen its owners and how it’s gone up into the ring, I just know, that it has come from some Israeli kennel.
Thank you so much for conversation and your interesting cat!
Author: Alena Morgunovskaya