New breed

The Oriental Kivuuli developed in the far eastern parts of Earth, but have spread beyond that into other worlds over the ages. They are distinctive for their “Point” markings, for example darker on the ears, face, arms and legs with darker fur down the back and striping or spotting restricted to this darker area for the most part.

Like the Embers, they are believed to have descended from Dykuma, and still display the large ears. This could also be why they can sometimes have reddish hues to their coats, though this is rare. Like Embers, they display iridescence, though it’s not restricted to reds. Unlike Dykuma, however, they are taller, but share a similar lean build. They developed two sets of fangs, one pointing downward and one pointing upward. Since Females have larger fangs, they are believed to be an adaptation that shows status and dominance.

Orientals are vocal and social, much like Siamese or Oriental cats. They are very docile, with even females being less aggressive than females of other breeds. This is a result dominance being less important than beauty. The more beautiful members of a Colony have higher standing. Females are usually brighter in their iridescence than males, and larger. And more vain. Orientals are, in nature, vain and prideful, but not to the point of being annoying. They are known to spend hours grooming  and making sure their fur is in perfect shape. Like many Kivuuli breeds, they are very elusive and shy around strangers, but also loyal and quick to make friends once they are comfortable with somebody.

They prize beauty more than strength, and thus they have slowly become beautiful and graceful creatures with silken fur ranging from short, to long and flowing. They are all iridescent in various degrees and it’s so ingrained in their genome that crosses with Orientals tend to display the iridescence as well, as well as the silken texture of their fur and lack of guardhairs.

Descriptions of them go back to early mankind, things similar to them found in cave paintings.

In coloration, Oriental Kivuuli are usually black or dark grey, though paler examples can appear looking more like a Siamese cat in appearance. The darker colored ones are usually found in rocky forested areas, whereas the lighter colored ones show up in areas with less cover; so the color seems to be an adaptation to environment they live in. The appearance of lighter examples seems to be connected back to their Dykuma ancestors.

The most common color for their eyes is bright blue, though other colors can show up as well.


Lykoi, the werewolf cats.

“Lykoi” is the Greek word for “wolf” and it has been adopted to name a new, fascinating cat breed. Also known as the werewolf cat, the Lykoi owes its very distinctive look to a natural genetic mutation that occurred in a few completely unrelated litters. One was from a Sphinx mother, one from a very common black domestic shorthair.

These cats have been tested for possible genetic illnesses and have been found to be healthy, so a few breeders have decided to try and make it into a proper new breed. In 2012, the Lykoi went before the The International Cat Association (TICA) and were passed to “Registration Only” status. This means that they are now a recognized breed with TICA.

Images courtesy of B. Gobble and A. Mitchell