Woman Shocked to Discover Her 'Sick' Kitten Is Actually a Rare Wolf Cat

A woman who thought her kitten was "sick" was shocked to discover it was in fact a rare wolf cat.

Owner Bree began sharing clips on TikTok of her bizarre-looking kitten, after the two cats she fostered had babies.

Bree, from Maine, had a litter of a dozen kittens in total, but one, Gracie, stood out from the others.

Initially she thought the tiny cat was ill, as she had bald patches, was weak and looked very different from her siblings.

In a now-viral video, Bree, a photographer, explained: "We thought she was just very sick. We had no idea she was a baby wolf cat."

The clip has since blown up, racking up more than two million views, as Bree even set up an Instagram account dedicated to the "famous wolf-cat in Maine."

Speaking to BoredPanda, Bree claims she initially rushed Gracie to the vet, only to be told she was fine and healthy, despite possibly suffering from a "fever coat," an ailment affecting kittens.

Gracie rejoined the rest of the enormous litter, but as she grew Bree couldn't understand why she looked so different.

Bree says she began Googling similar-looking cats, and came across information for a wolf cat, sometimes called a 'werewolf cat,' or Lykoi.

She said: "Based on my own research I have found out that a wolf cat, formally known as a Lykoi, is a regular domestic cat that is from a natural genetic mutation among feral cat colonies, which is what her mom's came from.

"She only has 1 coat of fur and will moult about every 6 months. Her fur can be brushed forward and backward, kind of like a wolf's coat. She has sensitive skin and will need extra attention to monitor her grease and oil build up around her face and feet."

She added Gracie, now seven-months-old "is just like every other house cat except she looks like a werewolf."

And Bree was pleased to discover the breed was incredibly sought-after—and expensive.

"We also found out that wolf cats are actually valued at around $3,000, so getting an expensive cat for free is also pretty epic!" she added.

Gracie's story has been a hit online, with Leslie Knope writing: "I'm so curious as to what a wolf cat is and how it happened."

Kai, Rogue and Glitch said: "I can totally understand someone thinking wolf cat is sickly. They look like they have mange as kittens. Awesome rescue."

While Bekah wrote: "I've never seen a cat like this, but she's absolutely adorable."

And fan Sam Belle pointed out: "Lykoi cats are about as expensive as sphynx cats and other speciality breeds. That's awesome you just found one."

Echoing that sentiment, Alicia commented: "How did you find out?! I've been wanting one of these cats for years!"

The Lykoi is one of newest cat breeds to appear, with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (GCCF) awarding it official preliminary recognition last year.

Explaining more about the breed, the GCCF website said: "The Lykoi is an unusual breed of cat, which is one of the more recent additions to the cat fancy. The breed name, which derives from the Greek word for wolves, is a reference to the cat's appearance which is thought by many to resemble a little werewolf."

Newsweek reached out to Bree for a comment.

kitten Lykoi cat, 3 months old
Stock image of a kitten Lykoi cat, 3 months old, also called the Werewolf cat. A woman who thought her kitten was sick discovered she was a rare wolf cat. Getty Images/GlobalP