Over the past several weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on the conflict in Ukraine. The situation is not only affecting people but also animals, which has been heartbreaking to see. Our feline friends are just as popular in Ukraine as they are here. And while Ukrainians have all sorts of cats, only one breed originated in the region: the Levkoy. In this post, a vet takes a look at this unusual kitty below.
The Ukrainian Levkoy is fairly new on the cat scene. Between 2000 and 2011, a breeder named Elena Biriukova developed the breed by crossing hairless Scottish Folds with Donskoys. As of yet, the breed isn’t recognized by the international breeders associations, such as the CFA or TICA. However, in 2005, they were officially accepted by the ICFA RUI, a regional one.
Levkoys are hairless kitties. These sweet felines have a very distinctive look. Their heads are unusually angular, and their ears can sometimes appear rounded, like the Scottish Fold’s. They sometimes have curly whiskers and/or long tails with pointy ends. Also, they can get pretty darn big!
Levkoys are very loveable and affectionate, and they get really attached to their humans. In fact, they are so sociable that they can get anxious and depressed if left alone for even eight hours. If you get one, you might want to get your little pal a buddy, so she doesn’t get lonely. Levkoys are rarely aggressive and very playful, and need plenty of playtime and toys.
For the most part, Levkoys have the same needs as other cats. However, they’re prone to getting chilly because they don’t have fur. They will definitely appreciate a heated or thermal bed and often need sweaters when it’s cold.. You’ll also need to use sunscreen on your kitty if she’s allowed out. Ask your vet for care tips.
We don’t have much data regarding their long-term health since Levkoys are quite new. However, they may be susceptible to the same conditions their ancestors often get. Donskoys are prone to getting dysplasia and dental issues, while the Scottish Folds may develop cardiomyopathy or kidney issues. As with any other cat, proper veterinary care is crucial.
Many amazing organizations around the world have been stepping up to help the people of Ukraine and their beloved pets. The IFAW is an organization that’s specifically focused on helping animals. To learn more about them, or perhaps make a donation, you can visit their site here. Every little bit helps!
If you have questions about your cat’s health or care, contact us today!