The Lykoi Cat is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair that has the appearance of a werewolf. The mutation has occurred in other cats, but to date, no reports of anyone starting a breed have been made. Our founding cats come from two unrelated litters. The first litter was presented to Patti Thomas as a possible Sphynx mutation (which was later disproved with DNA testing). This litter was born around July 2010. The mother was a black domestic shorthair. Upon receiving the kittens (a brother, sister, and the mother), DNA testing for the Sphynx/Devon gene was performed and it was found that they did not carry this gene. Johnny and Brittney were contacted by Patti through a mutual friend (Cheryl Kerr). We were immediately fascinated by the appearance of these cats. We were very excited to become involved with learning more about these cats and made arrangements to go and pick up the kittens and their mother so further testing could be done. Since we live in different regions of the United States this was a bit of an adventure, but the kitties were great travelers! Soon after Brittney responded to an advertisement that had been sent to her by Cheryl Kerr about another set of similar appearing cats. When she arrived to pick them up she could immediately tell that these two siblings had the same gene as the first pair we had gotten. We see the second set of siblings as a blessing from God, and after genetic testing and health evaluation, they were added to the program to increase the number of cats in the gene pool (these two were born approx. September 2010). The name "Lykoi Cat" roughly means "Wolf Cat" in greek....a very fitting name for these guys!