For the past few weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, and the heartbreaking plight of the millions of civilians caught up in the conflict. Sadly, many innocent animals have also been caught up in the war. Just like us, Ukrainians have animal companions of all shapes and sizes. However, there is only one Ukrainian cat breed: the Levkoy. A vet takes a look at this unusual kitty below.
The Ukrainian Levkoy is a fairly new kitty. Between 2000 and 2011, a breeder named Elena Biriukova, developed the breed by crossing hairless Donskoys with Scottish Folds. In 2005, Fluffy was officially accepted by the ICFA RUI (Rolandus Union International).
The first thing to know about Fluffy is that, well, she isn’t fluffy. Levkoys are a hairless breed. They actually have a very distinctive look. Their heads are unusually angular, and their ears are sometimes rounded, like the Scottish Fold’s. Levkoys also have curly whiskers and/or long tails with pointy ends. It’s also worth mentioning that these cats can get pretty big!
Levkoys are very affectionate and lovable, and they get really attached to their humans. These kitties are in fact so sociable that they can get depressed and anxious if left alone for even eight hours. You may want to get your feline pal a buddy, so she doesn’t get lonely. Aside from that, Fluffy is very playful, though rarely aggressive. Provide plenty of toys and playtime!
For the most part, Levkoys have the same needs as other cats. However, because they don’t have fur, they are prone to getting chilly. Your pet will likely need sweaters when it’s cold, and will appreciate a heated or thermal bed. You’ll also need to use sunscreen on your kitty if she’s allowed out. Ask your vet for care tips.
Levkoys are quite new, so there isn’t much data regarding their long-term health. However, they may be prone to the same conditions their ancestors often get. Donskoys are at risk of dental issues and dysplasia, while the Scottish Folds may develop kidney issues or cardiomyopathy. Keep up with Fluffy’s veterinary care needs!
Many wonderful organizations around the world have been stepping up to help the people of Ukraine and their beloved pets. One that is specifically focused on helping animals is IPAW. To learn more about them, or perhaps make a donation, you can visit their site here.
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