Brianna Walton was obviously concerned when her newborn kitten, Gracie, started ʟᴏsɪɴɢ ʙɪɢ ᴄʟᴜᴍᴘs of fur when she wasn’t even 2 months old yet. Turns out, she’d been living with a teensy little wolf cat the whole time.
Owner Bree began sharing clips on TikTok of her ʙɪᴢᴀʀʀᴇ-looking kitten, after the two cats she fostered had babies.
Bree, from Maine, had a litter of a dozen kittens in total, but one, Gracie, stood out from the others. Initially she thought the tiny cat was ɪʟʟ, as she had bald patches, was weak and looked very different from her siblings.
In a now-viral video, Bree, a photographer, explained: “We thought she was just very sɪᴄᴋ. We had no idea she was a baby wolf cat.”
The clip has since blown up, racking up more than two mɪʟʟion views, as Bree even set up an Instagram account dedicated to the “famous wolf-cat in Maine.”
The veterinarian ran some tests and told Walton that Gracie was fine other than a ꜰᴇᴠᴇʀ. Then the vet gave her the answer she was looking for: Gracie is considered a Lykoi, also known as a wolf cat.
“She only has 1 coat of fur and wɪʟʟ ᴍᴏᴜʟᴛ about every 6 months. Her fur can be brushed forward and backward, kind of like a wolf’s coat. She has sᴇɴsɪᴛɪᴠᴇ skin and wɪʟʟ need extra attention to monitor her grease and oil build up around her face and feet.”
She added Gracie, now seven-months-old “is just like every other house cat except she looks like a werewolf and I think that’s the coolest”
And Bree was pleased to discover the breed was incredibly sought-after—and expensive.
“We also found out that wolf cats are actually valued at around $3,000, so getting an expensive cat for free is also pretty epic!” she added.
The Lykoi is one of newest cat breeds to appear, with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) awarding it official preliminary recognition last year.
Explaining more about the breed, the GCCF website said: “The Lykoi is an unusual breed of cat, which is one of the more recent additions to the cat fancy. The breed name, which derives from the Greek word for wolves, is a reference to the cat’s appearance which is thought by many to resemble a little werewolf.”