The “Wolf” kitten does not look like the rest of her family

When Gracie was born, she appeared to be a typical kitten. But Brianna Waltman soon realized that Gracie was different from her 11 brothers and sisters: she was a wolf cat.

Brianna Waltman met Gracie after two bonded pregnant cats she was fostering each gave birth to six kittens six days apart.

“As a birth photographer and doula, I was overjoyed to be present for not one, but two kitten deliveries and give support to the mommas if they needed it,” Waltman told The Dodo. “After about a week, the moms began to share a bed, and we assisted in grouping all the infants so the bigger mom could help feed the babies who couldn’t get enough milk from the smaller mom.” It was so lovely to see the two of them become mothers and share the duty of parenthood.”

Despite enjoying two mothers’ care, Gracie was smaller and less energetic than her siblings, and she began to lose the fur on her head.

The physician confirmed that Gracie’s hair loss was most likely caused by a fever, but despite her foster mom’s special care, Gracie’s fur continued to come out.

“Gracie lost her whole coat and was entirely bald for almost a week until peach fuzz began to come back in,” Waltman explained. “When it first sprouted, it was a speckled black and white. I thought it was charming and assumed it was due to the fever.”

It wasn’t until Gracie was three months old that Waltman recognized the kitten’s unusual appearance was the result of an uncommon genetic mutation prevalent in certain domestic shorthairs.

“I saw a couple cats in odd video clips online that looked like the older version of her,” Waltman explained. “So, after some research, I discovered she was clearly a wolf cat.”

A wolf cat, also known as a Lykoi, resembles a little werewolf with scant, wiry fur and is “considered to be a partly hairless cat,” according to PetMD. There is no genuine undercoat, and hairless areas of the body such as the eyes, chin, nose, muzzle, and behind the ears are prevalent.”

Gracie may have had a slower start, but she’s developed into a healthy and devoted companion.

“Gracie is the same as any other home cat,” Waltman explained. “She rests frequently, plays with her toys as soon as I go to bed, chases her tail, and enjoys catching the red dot from the laser pointer.”

Waltman adores all of her foster cats, but Gracie has been the nicest surprise and is genuinely one-of-a-kind.


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