Worcester, Massachusetts – Celebrating the 12th birthday wasn’t yet another usual birthday for a two-headed cat named “Frankenlouie” in Worcester, Massachusetts. His recent birthday on September 8 has got the cat a place in the “Guinness Book of World Records”. He now holds the record for the longest-lived Janus cat. Janus cat is a term used for cats with two heads, which comes from a two-faced Roman god. The cat’s left side is called Frankie while the right side as Louie.
The condition of having two heads in cats is rare. Besides being rare, Frankenlouie is only one of his kind as he has managed to live against odds for years. In most cases, this condition caused kittens to die within a few days of birth.
The cat’s owner is veterinary nurse Marty Stevens, who rescued the two-headed feline from the Tufts Veterinary Medical School where he was about to be euthanized for his condition. According to Stevens, “Every day is kind of a blessing, being 12 and normal life expectancy when they have this condition is one to four days.”
Todd Ray of the Venice Beach Freakshow, who probably has the largest collection of bizarre animals in the world, considers Marty just as incredible as the cat. She was able to prove that an animal like this can live a good life. However, it wasn’t easy for Marty especially in the early years. In the early years, Marty took him everywhere in a shoebox and fed him every two hours by sticking a tube into the stomach. Veterinarians often advised her that she should not get too attached with the cat as she may not live long. However, with every passing day, she keeps getting stronger.
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