Kitten Born With Two Faces
Tran was in the middle of a cross-country move from New York City to San Diego when he got a flat tire — and, as he was waiting for help to arrive, he received an interesting text: his friend’s cat had just given birth to a “Janus kitten.” The woman’s cat had rejected the all-black kitten, likely because of the little one’s health condition, so the two-faced neonate would need round-the-clock human care to stay alive.
"Both her mouths meow separately, and both noses are fully functional," Dr. Tran says.
Her condition keeps her from developing and growing as quickly as the typical kitten. But while it may take a bit longer, Duo is starting to do all the things her feline friends do — like running, walking, playing.
She’s even starting to eat out of a bowl, though figuring out how to feed two faces at the same time is presenting some challenges. Dr. Tran says much of the food ends up all over Duo instead of in her belly!
"She gets into conflicts about which mouth gets to eat, because both mouths want to eat,"
Duo’s middle eyes will likely be removed once she’s big enough. That’s because it’s a source of infection and irritation for her. She also has to battle through things like possible seizures, respiratory infections, etc. But this little sweety doesn’t let any of that hold her back.
Tran posts on Duo’s Facebook page make it abundantly clear that she’s happy. “She plays with toys now, and she likes to follow the other cats. One cat will play with her; the other cats just look at her funny,” he says.
Duo is safe, loved and with exactly the right person to meet her unique set of needs. And when she’s finally ready for her eye removal surgery, Tran says he plans to “do x-rays, CT scans and MRIs to get a better idea of how she’s constructed.”
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