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Friday, June 16, 2017

Words with Webster: Lykoi, Plus Friendly Fill-Ins

We have two fun features for you this Friday. First up is Words with Webster, in which he tells us about a strange new type of cat. This is followed by Friendly Fill-Ins.

Words with Webster: Lykoi

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Our word today is “Lykoi.” I think most of you have probably heard of this before, or you may have heard the other term, “werewolf cat.” The Lykoi is a brand-new breed of cat that has gotten a lot of attention recently because it is…weird. Lykoi are partially hairless, and some people think they look like little wolves. Their appearance is from a natural mutation. The first one was born in 2010. You can learn a lot more about the Lykoi from The International Cat Association and Lykoi Cats.

A young Lykoi cat.
By steptacular (Own work)
[CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
The name “Lykoi” is from the Greek for “wolves.” The word has not made it into my favorite dictionary (Merriam-Webster’s) yet, and it is not in the Oxford English Dictionary either. I guess the little werewolf cats have just not been around long enough. Human werewolves have been around for a really long time though, since ancient times. They are said to suffer from “lycanthropy.” That word has been around since 1584, when Reginald Scot described lycanthropy as “a disease, and not a transformation.”

Lykoi don’t have a disease though; they just look different. Purrsonally, I think they’re too cute to be called “werewolf cats,” and that sounds kind of scary anyway. They should just be called wolf cats or Lykoi.

Friendly Fill-Ins

And now it’s time for Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.

Old SoLT’s answers:
Friendly Fill-Ins badge1. I challenge everyone to go meatless at least one day this week (unless you’re a cat!).

2. I regret disposing of … So, this is kind of amusing. Just last night I was thinking of something I had gotten rid of in a big clear-out several years ago, and I was wishing I still had it, but now I can’t remember what it was. Guess I don’t miss it so much after all.

Real Cat Paisley’s answers:
3. I have a difficult time admitting that I sort of enjoy watching the dog sometimes.

4. If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be—What are you talking about? I’m a cat. I already have psychic powers! But it’s against the Cat Code to discuss them openly with humans.

17 comments:

  1. I'll bet Lykoi turn from werewolves into babies if you rub their tummies.

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  2. I had never heard of Lykoi cats, they are cute. Thank you for these great answers. I like your challenge idea, I almost chose that as mine. Great answers Paisley, I had a feeling the dog was growing on you :) Have a nice weekend!

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    1. From Real Cat Paisley: Yes, the dog is growing on me, like a fungus. Have a nice day ;)

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  3. First off, those Lykoi cats are interesting...but my favorite is still 'rescued' breed. I agree with #1, since The Hubby and I are 100% vegans, but of course our cats get only meat (or an occasional bug...). #4 is so true; cats have wonderful abilities that they won't discuss with humans, or even show them to humans!

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    1. You're right, "rescued" is the best!

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  4. I'm pretty sure Bear Cat is part werecat. Between his ferocious bite and his howling ... he'd fit right in ;)

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    1. Does he act strange when the moon is full? That would be a big clue!

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  5. Wow, the Lykoi is very unique looking! I accept your #1 challenge. But considering I'm a vegetarian, it's not much of one for me. :-)

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    1. Good luck with the challenge! I used to be a vegetarian and would like to be again, but I currently live with a couple of carnivores and just can't figure out how to make it work.

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  6. I've seen Lykoi kitties online and would love to see one in person! I think they're SO cute.

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  7. The Lykoi is a cool looking cat! We agree, the name werewolf cat should not be used...it might just put people off. Just "wolf cat" sounds better, and Lykoi even better than that.
    I'm always throwing out stuff and regretting it later. Luckily, just like old SoLT, I eventually forget what it was anyway!

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    1. Yes, they should just be called Lykoi. "Werewolf cat" makes it sound like there's something wrong with them.

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  8. We try to be meatless, but then the bacon calls and we give in. Or there is a chicken on sale... Have a great weekend.

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  9. That is funny...you wish you had something, but cannot recall what it was! That is something I would do! Hugs.
    Indeed, animals do have psychic gifts. I believe that. Chloe Jo loves to watch the dogs, especially Stella. *chuckle* She watches TV, too.

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  10. I think that Lykoi kitty is beautiful. It looks kind of scared to me and also like it might be thinking of being ferocious...kind of all mixed up. :)

    We have meatless days some days. We very often have potato days. Have a blessed day.

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