How to Groom A Lykoi Cat

Reviewed by Grooming Expert: Clarissa Stevenson, CFMG

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Lykoi Cat Characteristics

Body Type: Moderate

Coat Type & Length: Sparse haired

Coat Texture: The Lykoi has a unique coat texture that resembles that of a werewolf, with sparse hair and a patchy appearance. Despite their unusual appearance, they are affectionate and playful cats.

Lykoi Cat

The Lykoi cat, also known as the werewolf cat, is a unique breed with a distinctive appearance. Their fur is sparse and patchy, giving them a werewolf-like appearance. Despite their unusual appearance, Lykoi cats are friendly and affectionate pets. They are intelligent and playful, and they enjoy spending time with their owners. Lykoi cats are also known for their hunting skills, making them excellent mousers. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind feline companion, the Lykoi cat may be the perfect choice for you.

Grooming Tools for Lykoi Cats

To groom your Lykoi Cat properly, you’ll need the following:

Grooming ToolDescriptionPrice
Slicker brushRemoves loose hair, untangles minor mats, and keeps the coat shiny$10 – $20
Grooming glovesSoftly detaches shedding hair while delivering a calming massage$10 – $25
Nail clippersHelps you clip your cat’s claws safely to avoid excessive growth and potential harm to itself and other cats/humans$5 – $15
Ear cleanerReduces Wax and Debris Accumulation$8 – $15
Cotton ballsAllow for precise application of ear cleaning solutions and enable reaching the nooks and crannies of the cat’s ears without causing discomfort$1 – $5
ToothbrushReduces Plaque and Tartar Buildup$3 – $10
ToothpasteToothpaste designed for cats helps to effectively remove plaque and tartar buildup, promoting healthier teeth and gums.$5 – $10
ShampooCat shampoos are specially formulated to maintain the natural pH balance of a cat’s skin, which helps to prevent skin irritations, dryness, and itching$3 – $12

Grooming Your Lykoi Cat

Brushing A Lykoi Cat

Frequency: Brush your Lykoi once a week

Technique: Use the slicker brush or grooming mitt and brush in the direction of hair growth.

Increase the frequency of brushing during shedding seasons (typically spring and fall). Provide your Lykoi with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplements to promote a healthy coat and minimize shedding.

Bathing your Lykoi Cat

The Lykoi cat breed is known for its unique appearance, resembling a werewolf. Despite their wild look, they are actually quite friendly and affectionate. When bathing, it’s important to use a gentle shampoo specifically designed for cats.

  • Start by wetting their coat thoroughly, being careful not to get water in their ears.
  • Apply the shampoo and massage it into their fur, avoiding their face.
  • Rinse thoroughly and wrap them in a towel to dry. K
  • Keep in mind that Lykoi cats have sparse coats, so they don’t need to be bathed as often as other breeds.

Aim for once every few months, or as needed if they get particularly dirty.

How Often Should I Bathe My Lykoi Cat?

You should bathe your Lykoi cat every 4-6 weeks to maintain their unique coat and prevent excessive shedding.

How to Trim the Nails of a Lykoi Cat

  1. Choose a quiet and comfortable spot for your Lykoi cat to sit.
  2. Hold your cat gently but firmly in your lap.
  3. Use a pair of sharp cat nail clippers to trim the tips of your cat’s nails.
  4. Be careful not to cut too close to the quick, which is the pink part of the nail that contains blood vessels and nerves.
  5. If you accidentally cut the quick, apply a small amount of styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
  6. Trim your Lykoi cat’s nails every 2-3 weeks to keep them from getting too long and sharp.

Recommended Frequency of Clipping Nails: Every 2-3 weeks.

How to Clean the Ears of a Lykoi Cat

  • Cotton balls or pads, ear cleaning solution (make sure it’s safe for cats), and a towel.
  • Approach your Lykoi calmly and gently. Speak to them in a soothing voice to help them relax.
  • Lift the ear flap and inspect the ear for any signs of redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
  • Saturate a cotton ball or pad with the ear cleaning solution and gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and the ear canal. Be careful not to insert the cotton ball too far into the ear canal.
  • Use a fresh cotton ball or pad to wipe away any excess solution and debris.
  • Repeat on the other ear.
  • Reward your Lykoi with a treat or praise for being a good kitty during the ear cleaning process.

How to Brush the Teeth of a Lykoi Cat

  • Start by getting your Lykoi cat used to having their mouth touched. Gently lift their lip and touch their teeth and gums with your finger.
  • Once your cat is comfortable with this, introduce them to a toothbrush. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for cats.
  • Apply a small amount of cat toothpaste to the toothbrush. Do not use human toothpaste as it can be harmful to cats.
  • Hold your cat’s head gently but firmly and brush their teeth in a circular motion. Focus on the outer surfaces of the teeth as these are the areas most prone to plaque buildup.
  • Be patient and gentle. If your cat becomes agitated or stressed, take a break and try again later.
  • Aim to brush your Lykoi cat’s teeth at least once a week. However, if your cat is prone to dental issues, your veterinarian may recommend more frequent brushing.

Lykoi’s Coat Issues

We’re pretty much done with the grooming process. However, we still need to talk about some potential issues:

Fleas and Ticks

To prevent fleas and ticks on your cat, use a flea comb regularly and keep your home clean and vacuumed. If your cat does get fleas or ticks, consult with your veterinarian for the best treatment options.

Matted Fur

Lykoi cats have a unique coat that can be prone to matting if not properly groomed. Regular brushing with a slicker brush and combing with a metal comb can help prevent mats from forming. If mats do occur, use scissors to carefully cut them out, being careful not to cut the skin.

Allergies and Skin Irritations

Lykoi cats have a tendency to develop skin issues due to their sparse hair coat. Regular grooming with a soft brush and gentle shampoo can help prevent irritation and keep their skin healthy.

How Often Should I Brush My Lykoi Cat?

You should brush your Lykoi cat at least once a week to remove any loose fur and prevent matting. However, during shedding season, you may need to brush them more frequently to keep up with the excess fur.

Can I Use Human Shampoo on My Lykoi Cat?

You should not use human shampoo on your Lykoi cat. Human shampoo is formulated for human hair and can be too harsh for your cat’s delicate skin. It can strip their natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, and even allergic reactions. Instead, use a cat-specific shampoo that is gentle and pH-balanced for their skin.

Do Lykoi cats need special care?

Yes, Lykoi cats need special care. Even though the grooming routine of Lykois may differ from that of other cat breeds, they still require the usual care that all housecats need. This involves the regular trimming of their nails, ensuring that their food and water bowls are always filled, and keeping their litter box clean.