Neighbors Spot Werewolf In Desperate Need Of Help

The hair-raising prickle of fear that creeps up your spine; the silence-shattering howl at the full moon; the matted fur. It can only mean one thing — werewolf. And while these may seem like critters from storybooks, there is a real, flesh and blood, wolf-like figure raising heart rates across the world… and it’s actually less fearsome than you’d think!

One Tampa, Florida, apartment complex was momentarily perplexed by the arrival of an animal who strongly resembled a supernatural being. Though, after careful examination, the thing proved to be something else entirely…

Fog hung in the early morning air. Anyone looking out the window of the apartment complex while enjoying their morning cup of joe would have thought it a morning like any other. Until they spotted the creature…

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Crawling laboriously across the grass was a wiry-haired, gaunt-faced, animal. If it wasn’t broad daylight, onlookers would have bet the haunting figure had been howling at the full moon.

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But before anyone grabs their silver bullets or pulls out their crossbows, don’t worry: the strange creature was not a fully fledged werewolf. He just happened to strongly resemble one…

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Yep, on closer examination, the eerie animal wasn’t the Universal Monster known as The Wolf Man, but was still oddly similar looking. What was this odd looking creature?

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It was a cat! At first glance, he looked scary, but it only took a few seconds to see beyond the cinematic horror film facade. This wolf-kitty was alone, and based on his ragged appearance and weakness, he needed help.

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Every moment counted, so a call was placed to a local cat crusader, Chris Poole. Known in the community as a feline rescuer and advocate, Chris sped on over to get a better look at the kitty causing all the commotion.

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Once he laid eyes on the cat in question, Chris offered up an explanation for the animal’s particular appearance. Sadly, the way he looked suggested he was actually the victim of a dark past.

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The cat christened Logan was a Lykoi. Often this rare breed of cat flies under the radar, only becoming recognized officially in April of 2018 by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Filed under the “Miscellaneous Class,” Lykoi can compete on the show circuit, but their existence can come at a cost…

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Owing to the fact that Lykoi cats stem from a genetic mutation, they are only naturally created by the interbreeding of two cats carrying the gene. Some critics say, in the long run, this could lead to health complications for the cats.

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The trademark feature of the werewolf cat has to be their gray molting fur coat. Breeders profit from the semi-hairless cat’s unique looks. People are eager to pounce on the opportunity to cradle their very own mini monster.

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While there are certainly responsible vetted breeders, Logan was a clear example of pushing an animal too far. Chris Poole noted, “My thoughts are that he was owned by someone who was maybe trying to breed him. He was neglected for a long time.”

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With the help of three volunteers from St. Francis Society Animal Rescue, Chris managed to lure Logan into a trap. The next step was getting the animal in to see a vet.

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Under the eye of medical professionals, it was confirmed Logan was indeed feline and not supernatural. But no one could deny his features looked positively were-like: hairless snout, ragged ears, and wide-set beady eyes.

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Logan didn’t look great, even for a Lykoi breed. The treating veterinarian observed his long, overgrown claws were causing the poor cat incredible pain and had become infected.

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Besides his neglected appearance, Logan showed zero signs of belonging to a family. Scans failed to pick up a microchip, and he wasn’t neutered, another indicator of his being used for breeding in the past.

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They need not fear a bite from the werewolf-kitty. His teeth were in no shape for chomping, let alone nibbling kibble. In total Logan only had nine teeth clinging on for dear life. But that was just barely scratching the surface of Logan’s medical ailments.

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 From Logan’s desperate state it was obvious he had never been shown the care a house cat deserves. Surrounded by busy hands working to make him well, he was understandably frightened, so they mildly sedated him to continue treatment.

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 Volunteers helped swaddle the cat up like a newborn baby, and with the sedative starting to kick in, he let loose a heart-melting purrrrr. The little were-kitty was a softie after all!

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The daunting bill of health included: pink eye, ear infections, fleas, congestion, malnutrition, ingrown claws, and Feline Herpes Virus. Logan received topnotch care; they took samples, x-rays, and prescribed ample medication for treatment to further rule out more serious illnesses.

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 Following his initial vet visit, Logan was placed in the care of a foster mom, Tabatha. Early on in his healing process, Tabatha even started an Instagram account for cat fans looking to track his progress.

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Faster than a moon cycle, Logan warmed up to his foster mom. As weeks progressed, he received daily medical treatments. His true nature as a lovey lapcat crept out from his admittedly foreboding exterior.

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Weeks of vet visits and test results revealed that Logan didn’t have feline leukemia, a major fear of his rescue team. As of March 2019, Logan’s strength was improving daily, as was his appetite! 

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Plus, after a relaxing bath, Logan looked less fearsome and just plain handsome. His resemblance to a ferocious werewolf was still noticeable, but after a few weeks of being loved, he definitely showed he’s a snuggly, if exotic, housecat.

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 Once he gains his full strength, Logan will be put up for adoption. Thankfully, his funky features will help secure him a forever home. For others in search of an eye-catching kitty, there are many other unique breeds just as interesting as the Lyoki…

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Khao Manee: These snow-whites are from Thailand. Their name means white gem, though they’re also referred to as Diamond Eyes because of their unique peepers. Devoted to humans, they’re quite popular among royalty and celebrities in Asia.

American Curl: While most cats flip their ears inside out by accident, this cat is famous for its shell-shaped ears. When they’re young, their ears are actually straight, but they curl gradually over time! 

Devon Rex: Their name gives away their origin — these kitties are from Devon, England! They look bald but actually have a very thin coat that is very soft. They are incredibly intelligent, playful, and often called “a monkey in a cat’s suit.”

Savannah: No, this is not a cheetah! It’s a cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat. They have a unique ear shape and can grow up to 25 pounds, which is 2-3 times as heavy as an average house cat! 

 Selkirk Rex: This breed originating in Montana has only been around for about 30 years. It has curly long fur and a thick head and body. All Selkirk Rexes’ roots trace back to one single cat named Miss DePesto.

Munchkin: They’re named quite appropriately due to their short little legs, high enthusiasm, and wobbly walking. Its nickname, for obvious reasons, is “sausage cat.” The name “munchkin” is from writer L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Sphynx: They were accidentally created in Canada in 1960s, and their skin shows the colors/patterns of where their fur would be — if they had any! They’re named after the Egyptian statue that’s half cat, half human, perhaps due to their human-like skin. 

American Wirehair: This may look like your regular run-of-the-mill kitty cat, but its fur has a different texture from a domestic shorthair. In 2002, there were just 39 of these babies registered, and in 2018, there were only 22!

Scottish fold: These guys are chubby, fluffy, and very adaptable — and would you look at those little ears! They are often compared to owls due to their eyes and ears, but they’re incredibly friendly. 

 Ukrainian Levkoy: The breed is actually not recognized by any major international cat fancier and breeder organizations, only Ukrainian and Russian clubs. What’s especially rare about them is that male and female species look different.

Cornish Rex: Instead of regular fur, this breed has a down-like fluffy coat, but they lose their hair as it thins with age, much like humans. They’re similar to the Devon Rex, except they have different genes and are originally from Cornwall, England. They can also live longer than most other breeds!

 Japanese Bobtail: Their small tail is genetic and unique to each cat, like a fingerprint. Despite most cats needing their tails to jump, this breed is incredibly athletic and agile, making them prime candidates for cat shows, which are fairly popular in Japan.

Donskoy: This is a new breed, recognized by the World Cat Federation in 1997 and by The International Cat Association in 2005. Despite their lack of a coat, they do require frequent grooming, but their friendly demeanor makes it all worth it.

Laperm: The LaPerm emerged around the early ’80s as a spontaneous mutation of cats bred for pest control in Oregon. They may be extra furry, but these cutie pies are actually hypo-allergenic!

Lykoi: Also known as the werewolf cat, the Lykoi has become a Championship Breed. Their bodies are mostly covered with hair, but their faces are often completely hairless. Scientists at the University of Tennessee tried to find the reason why, but the Lykoi’s coat pattern remained a mystery.

 Lambkin: The name derives from their short-legged counterparts, Munchkins, and the fact that their fur looks like the wool of a lamb. The breed didn’t exist until 1990, so they are still extremely rare.

Minskin: This Sphinx mix was created (after many, many attempts) by Paul McSorley in Boston, Massachusetts. By early 2005, about 50 cats meeting the Minskin vision existed and were registered by The International Cat Association.

Pixie-bob: In 1986, a woman from Washington rescued a male cat, which was very large, had a bobbed tail, and was reported to have been sired by a bobcat. When it mated with the neighbor’s cat, she kept one of the kittens and named it Pixie — hence its name.

Russian Blue: This cat’s fur is so gray it almost looks blue in the right kind of light. While the Russian Blue is somewhat hypoallergenic, they are incredibly vocal, so make sure that works for you if you plan on getting one. 

Teacup Persian: These miniature versions of Persian cats are so small, they can fit into teacups as kittens. It may not officially be its own separate breed, but these little ones are hard to find, and thus a pretty rare type of cat. Watch out, though — cats this small might have a few health problems!

Peterbald: This large-eared feline has a hair-losing gene and can be born bald or furry. Those born with hair can lose it over time. They are extremely friendly to kids and other pets.

Bengal: Unlike most cats, they love water and do not mind splashing around in a bath. They are incredibly intelligent, as they can solve puzzles, turn lights on and off, and even learn how to ride a skateboard!

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