Due to the fad of the so-called hairless cats, the Ukrainian Levkoy cat was created at the beginning of this century
Hairless cats, such as the Ukrainian Levkoy cat, can be great pets, although they need special care because of their bare skin, as it is more likely to be exposed to accidents and health problems.
Although there are many cat species and many animals waiting to be adopted at the shelter, new breeds are being bred over and over again. Due to the fad of the so-called hairless cats, the Ukrainian Levkoy cat was created at the beginning of this century.
She is an animal of strange and imposing appearance, but tender, docile and intelligent. In addition, it is ideal for living in the house and adapts very well to small places.
A cat of the 21st century
Hairless cats, who actually have a thin layer of fur that is barely perceptible to us, have become popular lately. Many of these new races originated in Russia or in regions that belonged to the former Soviet Union.
For the Ukrainian Levkoy, the breeder Elena Birjukova crossed specimens of Don Sphynx – in the photo below – and the Scottish Folded Ear Cat. So Levkoy the First was born in 2004, a hairless looking kitten with ears falling forward, thanks to the Scottish genes.
Despite their growing popularity, organizations like the World Cat Federation (WCF) and the International Cat Association (TICA) still do not recognize it as a race. But she was admitted by Russian and Ukrainian breed clubs.
It’s an extraterrestrial-looking cat with her ears hanging in her face. This is the Ukrainian Levkoy, a cat who leads the list of trendy hairless cat breeds.
The Ukrainian Levkoy cat: physical characteristics
Taste can be argued and all animals should be loved and appreciated. If you look closely, you will surely see the beauty of this cat, which looks almost like an alien, but at the same time elegant and muscular. It has wrinkles that form on its obviously thick skin, especially on the stomach, head and neck.
Apart from its lack of fur and its large forward falling ears, the cat has the following physical characteristics:
- Size: medium
- Weight: males between four and seven and females between 3.5 and five kilograms.
- Height: males between 20 and 25 centimeters and females between 18 and 23 centimeters.
- Colors: gray, black, white, brown.
- Tail: thin.
- Paws: long and muscular.
- Head: wedge-shaped and flattened. The face is angular and her cheekbones stand out. Some point out that their profile is somewhat dog-like.
- Whiskers: short and light curly.
- Eyes: almond-shaped and bright.
An adoptable cat
If you live in a small space, the Ukrainian Levkoy can become your ideal pet as she is calm but without losing her curiosity. It adapts without problems to small rooms, even if they do not have much space to play.
Sweet, sociable and extroverted. She tends to love her owner and will most likely run after him all over the house. And so this cat reminds us not only of a dog because of its physical aspect.
She is a balanced and stable animal, but you have to keep in mind that the Ukrainian Levkoy does not like to be alone. So, if there are no people who can spend the whole day with her, it is beneficial if she has the company of other pets.
Special care of the Ukrainian Levkoy cat
With a life expectancy of nine to 15 years, this cat requires special care because of its thin layer of fur. To maintain your body temperature, you need a high-calorie, high-protein diet. Protecting them from cold with clothes is also a good idea, as you can see on the next photo.
It must be protected from the cold and it must be prevented that the sun causes irritation and burns on her skin. Ask the veterinarian how best to take care of them, as they are, apparently, prone to dermatological diseases.
On the other hand, she is a cat that should be bathed at least once a month. This is because their skin gives off an oily substance as protection, but it is impregnated with dirt.
Keep in mind that even though she has almost no hair, she is not a hypoallergenic animal. Allergies are indeed triggered by dead cells that are released from the epithelium and by a substance in their saliva.