Meet Frank and Louie: The Cat With Two Faces

Some cats show many moods, but what if they show many faces? Meet Frank and Louie, a cat with not only two names, but also two faces on one head. Born in 1999, he wasn’t expected to live long because two-faced cats almost never survive. Most have birth defects, including a cleft palate, that makes it difficult for them to nurse and often causes them to slowly starve or get milk in their lungs and die of pneumonia. For reasons unknown, Frank and Louie didn’t suffer from these common ailments. He made it into the Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving two-faced cat. Frank and Louie was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses, and three eyes. He could only see out of two of the eyes, with the middle eye frozen and unable to blink. Marty Stevens, Frank and Louie’s owner, used feeding tubes to nourish the cat for his first three months of life, hoping that would reduce the risk of choking on food going down two mouths. It turned out that she didn't have to worry about him choking, because Frank and Louie used just one of his mouths to eat. The other mouth didn't have a lower jaw and wasn't connected to his one esophagus. As for personality, Frank and Louie didn’t seem to be bothered by his condition and developed a friendly personality. He was known for his soft and silky fur, docile temperament and penchant for relaxing in a person's arms like a rag doll. Sadly, at the respectable age of 15, Frank and Louie fell ill and was euthanized after suffering from what veterinarians suspected was an aggressive form of cancer. Stevens didn’t want her beloved cat to suffer, so she and the vet agreed it would be the kindest thing to do to let Frank and Louie go.