Meet the werewolf cat. No, you’re not dreaming. This is an actual breed of cat called the “Lykoi,” which translates to “wolf cat” in Greek. The breed, founded in 2011, is a natural mutation from a domestic shorthair cat that has the appearance of a werewolf, according to a website set up by founding breeder Johnny Gobble, DVM.
While they look like something you’d never want to come across in the dark, judging from their Facebook and Instagram accounts, the Lykoi cats are actually all kinds of snuggly and sweet. On his site, Gobble described the breed as extremely loyal, scent-motivated and very intelligent.
“They are aware of EVERYTHING going on around them,” he writes. “They can be clingy at times, but generally if you are too busy to snuggle they will take ‘no’ as an answer and will go amuse themselves… as long as they are close enough to keep an eye on you!”
Photos of the creepy-but-cute cats are getting lots of love on the Internet. Here are eight that already have us falling for the breed.
1. The full moon’s got the Lykoi like…
All me-owled out.
2. Just try not adoring these little ferocious faces.
You can’t help but love them.
3. Well, that’s the wolfiest look we’ve ever seen.
COMING FROM A CAT. Whaaaaat?!
4. Those eyes though.
“I promise not to hypnotize you with my sweet green gaze.”
5. Proper wolfy paws
“I can sit pretty with the best of ’em.”
6. They can do tricks!
“See? Look how smart I am.”
7. Excited or scared?
Doesn’t matter, because this is just spectacular.
8. On the way to Grandma’s house.
But who could be afraid of the big, bad werewolf cat?