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Two-Faced Janus Cat

Updated on August 20, 2015

Frank and Louie, or Frankenlouie, are the names of a famous cat born with 2 faces which recently made it into the Guiness World Records He broke the record for the longest surviving Janus cat.

Janus is the name of a two-faced Roman god. In most cases, Janus cats live only a mere one to four days. Frankenlouie has survived to the old age of twelve so far.

He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with the woman who rescued him from a plan to be euthanized when he was only a day old. His rescuer and new owner was a nurse at a veterinary school at the time when he was brought in. She just couldn’t let him die that easily and she took him home and raised him. She took him everywhere in a shoebox and had to feed him a special formula every two hours through a stomach tube.

Frank and Louie as a Kitten

Janus Cats

Janus cats usually never survive their first few days of life. This birth defect is usually accompanied by congenital defects, including a cleft palate. This physical issue usually makes eating difficult and the kittens often starve to death or they get milk in their lungs and develop pneumonia. Frank and Louie’s savior used feeding tubes for 3 months in help avoid complications common to Janus kittens.

Video of Frank and Louie

How It Works

Frankenlouie has two mouths, two noses, and 3 eyes. The one in the center is larger but does not function. The center eye doesn’t even blink which gives him an eerie look. So, his two working eyes are located on either side of the head making his sight view similar to a horses’. His owner says he tends to swing his head back and forth when walking to see where he is going.

When they eat, Frank is the one actually chewing and eating the food. Louie just waits but he moves his nose in unison with Frank’s nose – when “they’re” eating. Frank and Louie always use just the one mouth for eating. The second mouth doesn’t have a lower jaw and isn’t connected to their esophagus. They say his gentle nature and sweet personality usually wins people over – once they recover from the shock.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very interesting hub. I know a few people that would love to read your hub and I will share this with them.

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      Sue826 5 years ago from Albuquerque

      Thanks so much. Appreciate it.

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      purp-drag913 5 years ago from West Michigan, USA.

      Amazing cat and story! Love the video too.

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

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      Sue826 5 years ago from Albuquerque

      I had never heard of the condition until the Frank and Louie story came out.

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      shamani67 5 years ago

      I didn't know this was possible. Well written and presented. Will be letting others know about it so they can read it for themselves.

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      anon 5 years ago

      How amazing, so does it have two brains or just the one, in which case is it two cats or just the one?

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      Sue826 5 years ago from Albuquerque

      Everything I've read about this particular Janus is that they have two faces - not two brains. It's pretty wild.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      never heard of this two face cat but God had gave them a 2nd life to live so far. Unique cats

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