Longest-living two-faced cat enters Guinness World Records book

Fri, Sep 30, 2011, 01:00

FRANK AND Louie, a grey feline with two mouths, two noses and three eyes, just turned 12 years old and is the world’s oldest living two-faced cat.

Sara Wilcox, a Guinness World Records spokeswoman, said he was the “longest-surviving Janus cat”, referring to the name coined by British zoologist Dr Karl Shuker, based on the two-faced Roman god of transitions, gates and doorways.

Frank and Louie has craniofacial duplication, an extremely rare congenital condition. The disorder, also known as diprosopia, can cause part or all of an individual’s face to be duplicated on its head. It has been recorded multiple times in the domestic cat, but few two-faced kittens survive into adulthood, Ms Wilcox said.

Frank and Louie was born on September 8th, 1999. His life will be commemorated in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records book, Ms Wilcox said.

The cat’s owner, a woman only identified as Marty, lives near Worcester, Massachusetts. She was a veterinary technician in 1999 when a day-old, two-faced kitten about the size of her thumb was brought into her clinic to be euthanised.

The life expectancy for a two-faced cat is about four days because they usually suffer from other disorders.

“When he was first born, every day was a blessing,” Marty told a local radio station this week.

She immediately adopted Frank and Louie. The cat has one brain so both faces act in unison. Two of his eyes – the outermost ones – are normal, while the middle eye is larger but doesn’t function.

The cat eats on the right side, using Frank’s face, which is connected to his oesophagus, while Louie’s nose twitches at the same time, Marty said. She added that the cat was more like a dog because he “walks on a leash and loves car rides”. – (Reuters)