RIP to the world’s oldest two-faced cat – and that’s not a comment on his personality. Frank and Louie was literally a cat with two faces.
Frank and Louie died this week in Massachusetts at the ripe old age of 15, but not before living a pretty miraculous life for a cat. He was the world’s oldest “Janus” cat, or a cat with two faces. Frank and Louie had two mouths, two noses and not quite two eyes – check out that fairly creepy middle eye. He had just one body and one brain.
It’s a miracle Frank and Louie lived at all. Most Janus cats don’t survive even a few days, but tender care from his owner Marty Stevens, which included three months of hand feeding, let Frank and Louie thrive. (First Stevens had to figure out which face held the esophagus that would get the food to the cat’s stomach. It turned out to be Frank.)
The cat turned heads and made the record books as well. He held the Guinness record for the world’s oldest Janus cat, according to the Worchester Telegram and Gazette, receiving the title at age 12.
Fun fact: Janus cats are named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and endings who is often shown having two faces.