A Cat With Two Faces Dies at 15


Cats with two faces usually don’t live very long — just days, typically — but Frank and Louie (one name for each face) lived to age 15, passing away just last week, according to the Telegram. Owner Martha “Marty” Stevens of Worcester, England, said the cat was “a little down” around Thanksgiving. She took him to the vet, who said he was likely suffering from a “really bad cancer.”

The Guinness World Record holders Frank and Louie were euthanized shortly thereafter at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

It’s a somewhat fitting end, at least with regard to location, for the Janus cat, who was scheduled to be euthanized at Tufts 15 years ago, the day after he was born. He had been dropped off at the facility, and one of the people who worked there, Stevens, took an interest. At the time, vets told Stevens she could expect the cat to live only a few days. Stevens, however, took a chance.

“I said, ‘Can I try to save him?'” she told the Telegram. “But the next day I came in with him, and the next day, and we started thinking he was going to survive. I tube-fed him until he was three months old because I was afraid he wouldn’t be able to eat.”

Frank has the esophagus, and Frank did learn to eat, much to relief of Stevens and Louie.

As for the famed Janus cat’s makeup, he had only two functioning eyes; the middle one was blind. He had two noses, two mouths, one brain, and only one bottom jaw — poor Louie didn’t have one.

“I imagine he sees like a horse sees,” said Stevens in a YouTube video about Frank and Louie from 2011. Take a look:

Frank and Louie shared a home with another cat, a dog, and two parrots, one of whom sings opera. Of course it does.

Via the Telegram

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