With two faces I mean it literally. Frank and Louie got two faces. It’s like a Siamese twin.
Louie and Frank
To this day Louie and Frank are twelve years old. He has two mouths, two noses and three eyes, and one brain, so the faces react in unison. And now, he’s the longest living cat with two faces. Louie and Frank lives together with owner Marty, who has a background in veterinary medicine. Marty was working at Tufts Veterinary Medical School when she got Frank and Louis, who was brought in at one day old to be euthanized.
Twelve years ago Frank and Louie were brought in by his breeder, where Marty Stevens was working at the time. Experts told that there was no hope for him and that he had to be euthanized. Marty offered to take him home.
Janus (names after the roman God with two faces) cats almost never survive, and most of them have many congenital defects which cause them to slowly starve to death or aspirate milk into 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.
Frank and Louie however, did not suffer from most of the common Janus problems. Marty used feeding tubes to feed him for three months. Hoping that would save him from choking on food. In the end she did not have to worry, because Frank and Louie used one mouth to eat. While colleagues at the veterinary hospital told Stevens that trying to raise Frank and Louie might not be good for him — or her. Thirty years ago, a cat like Frank and Louie might not have been given a chance to live.
The condition itself is very rare and I think that the fact that this cat became an adult, a healthy adult, is remarkable” – Dr. Armelle deLaforcade, an associate professor at Cummings and head of the emergency services section.
A Friendly Ragdoll
Frank and Louie do not seem to be bothered by this condition, and they have turned into a very friendly cat. They are a ragdoll, who are known for their obedient temperament and soft fur. According to Marty he is very laid back and not afraid of people. He loves car rides.
Twelve years after Marty Stevens rescued him from being put to sleep because of his condition, the exotic blue-eyed rag doll cat is not only thriving but has made it into the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records. He’s the longest surviving member of a group known as Janus cats.