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 12 years ago, the cat - known as a Janus cat - was not expected to live long, the Associated Press reports. Janus cats almost never survive, and 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.
But, for reasons unknown, Frank and Louie did not suffer from these common ailments and have made it into the 2012 Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving Janus cat. Keep clicking to see more photos of Frank and Louie, the two-faced cat...
Frank and Louie was born with two faces, two mouths, two noses, and three eyes. He can see out of only two of his three eyes. The middle eye can't even blink, which makes Frank and Louie appear to be staring even when his other eyes are closed.
"It's funny because people walk up to him thinking it's a nice, fluffy white cat and they're walking up with a big smile on their face to pat him, like, 'Oh, what a beautiful cat' and I see a look of horror come over their faces when they actually see his face," the cat's owner, Marty Stevens, said.
Stevens used feeding tubes to nourish the cat for his first three months of life, hoping that would reduce his risk of choking on food going down two mouths.
It turned out Stevens didn't have to worry about him choking, because Frank and Louie used just one of his mouths to eat - the other mouth doesn't have a lower jaw and isn't connected to his one esophagus.
So what's the cat's personality like? Frank and Louie does not seem to be bothered by his condition and has developed a friendly personality. The Janus cat is known for its soft and silky fur, docile temperament and penchant for relaxing in a person's arms like a rag doll.
He is "very, very laid back, not afraid of people, very friendly and he's actually more of a dog than a cat," Stevens said. "He walks on a leash, he goes right in the car; he loves car rides."
Frank and Louie may be the longest-living two-faced cat, but he certainly isn't the only one. This Janus kitten was born with four eyes, two noses, two mouths and two ears on June 8, 2000. This kitten unfortunately died days later, The Courier Times reported.