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Have You Seen the Amazing Two-Faced Cat?
Published on September 30, 2011 by Sara Foss

Seriously, this is amazing.

Here's an excerpt:

"Frank and Louie the cat was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses, three eyes — and lots of doubts about his future.

Now, 12 years after Marty Stevens rescued him from being euthanized because of his condition, the exotic blue-eyed rag doll cat is not only thriving, but has also made it into the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving member of a group known as Janus cats, named for a Roman god with two faces.

'Every day is kind of a blessing; being 12 and normal life expectancy when they have this condition is one to four days,' Stevens said, stroking Frank and Louie's soft fur as he sat on her lap purring. 'So, he's ahead of the game; every day I just thank God I still have him.'

Frank and Louie's breeder had taken him to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where Stevens was working at the time, to be euthanized when he was just a day old. Stevens offered to take him home, but experts told her not to get her hopes up.

Janus cats almost never survive, and most have congenital defects, including a cleft palate that makes it difficult for them to nurse and often causes them to slowly starve or get milk in their lungs and die of pneumonia. The condition is the result of a genetic defect that triggers excessive production of a certain kind of protein."

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