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Tiny 'Werewolf' Found In Apartment Complex Just Wanted To Be Held

The Dodo logo The Dodo 2/15/2019 Sarah V Schweig
a cat walking on grass © Chris Poole

A strange-looking creature was recently spotted scrounging around an apartment complex in Florida, munching on any scraps of food he could find. His grayish-brown fur looked rough and unkempt, his face had a deep dark sheen, and his little body looked skeletal. He looked like a little werewolf — and that's exactly how he was bred to look. 

a close up of an animal © Chris Poole

The stray cat was a Lykoi cat. He looks this way because of a particular genetic mutation that causes these supernatural-seeming features — and unfortunately, these unusual features have created a demand for more cats to be bred to look like this. 

This particular "werewolf cat" was suffering from some big problems due to neglect. His claws were ingrown and infected. His ears were irritated. And he was clearly very hungry.

a cat sitting on top of a grass covered field © Chris Poole

It's a mystery how this cat, now named Logan, ended up in such a nightmarish state, but Chris Poole, a cat rescuer, believes that Logan might have been used for breeding at one time and then tossed aside.

"My thoughts are that he was owned by someone who was maybe trying to breed him," Poole wrote. "He was neglected for a long time, since it takes a long time for claws to get that bad." 

© Chris Poole

However abnormal Logan looked, Poole knew that this cat deserved just as much love and attention as a normal tabby. So he, along with volunteers from St. Francis Society Animal Rescue (SFSAR), managed to trap the little werewolf and bring him to the vet. 

a cat sitting on top of a cage © Chris Poole

Little Logan, who perhaps looked a little scary, was clearly quite scared himself. After being in pain and all alone for who knows how long, the cat, who is estimated to be about 8 years old, wasn't very eager to start trusting anyone. 

a cat lying on the ground © Chris Poole

The veterinarians knew they needed to treat the little creature very gently.

"Because his paws were so painful, he must have been hunching down to stay warm and didn't move around a lot," Poole said. "They trimmed [the claws] as far back as they could and soaked his paws in iodine to work on the infection."

a cat lying on a bed © Chris Poole

Logan had no microchip and hadn't been neutered (another reason his rescuers suspect he may have been used for breeding). He clearly had been on his own for quite a long time.

When Logan was finally wrapped up in a warm blanket, his expression seemed to contain a glimmer of gratitude. 

a cat lying on a bed © Chris Poole

"His ears were also infected, so while he was mildly sedated they thoroughly cleaned them and put medicine in them," Poole said.

Little Logan also had terrible teeth — and many of them were missing. "[He] only has six teeth left," Poole said.

a cat sitting on a bed © Chris Poole

The treatment went on and on for this little roughed-up werewolf. He was crawling with fleas, and so got medicine for that. He had pink eye, and so got antibiotics and eye drops.

But beyond these problems, Logan proved to be quite the little fighter, testing negative for all the more serious diseases, like FIV, feline leukemia and heartworms. 

There remained the emotional scars, though — but as his rescuers soon figured out, the scary-looking little creature actually just really wanted to be held.  a person holding a cat © Chris Poole

After being under the care of people for just a little while, Logan happily nuzzled into his blanket in the arms of his foster mom, and also of Poole. 

a man sitting on a table © Chris Poole

Now resting at his foster mom's house, Logan has really started to open up — and leave his past behind him. 

a cat sitting on a table © Chris Poole

"I'd love to know his story," Poole said, "[but] the bottom line is he's feeling much better ... he has a full belly and a warm bed with a good foster mom!" a cat lying on a bed © Chris Poole

Once Logan is fully recovered, he'll be available for adoption. 

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"We will make sure the second half of his life is lived in luxury surrounded by people who love him!" Poole said. To inquire about adopting Logan when he's ready, you can contact SFSAR. You can also make a donation to SFSAR to help more cats find the homes they deserve. 

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