Two Faced Cat
October 2, 2011 by staff
Now, 12 years after Marty Stevens was rescued from being euthanized because of their condition, the exotic, blue-eyed ragdoll cat is not only prosperous, but so has the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the member old survivor of a group known as the Ja**s cats, the name of a Roman god with two faces.
“Every day is a blessing, being 12 and normal life expectancy when you have this disease is one to four days,” Stevens said, caressing the skin soft and Frank Louie as he sat on his lap, purring. “Therefore, it is ahead of the game, every day thank God I still have.”
Creator of Frank and Louis had brought him to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where Stevens was working at the time, to be killed when he was just a day old. Stevens offered to take him home, but experts said he hopes not.
Ja**s cats rarely survive, and most have birth defects like cleft palate that makes it difficult for them to nurse and often leads them to slowly starve or get milk in the lungs and died of pneumonia. The condition is the result of a genetic defect that causes excessive production of a certain type of protein.
But Frank and Louie do not suffer the most common problems of Ja**s. Stevens used feeding tubes for nutrition for three months with the hope that they would save him from the danger of choking on food is on two mouths.
It turned out he did not have to worry about him choking, because Frank and Louie use only one of their mouths to eat.
“The disease itself is rare, and I think the fact that this cat became an adult, a healthy adult, is remarkable,” said Dr. deLaforcade Armelle, Cummings Associate Professor and head of the service section emergency.
Colleagues in the veterinary hospital said Stevens try to raise Frank and Louie can not be good for him _ or her.
However, she “stood firm and stood by the cat, and I’m glad she did because this cat actually has fewer problems than many cats that have very normal anatomy,” said deLaforcade.
Two and Frank Louie faces a complicated relationship. Both work nose, mouth, but do not have a lower jaw and is not connected to the esophagus only, so you can not eat with him. Stevens found that only after the cat has an MRI in the future.
The animal can see through only two of his three eyes. The middle one can not even blink and Frank and Louie does seem to be looking, even when their eyes are closed.
Frank and Louie does not seem bothered by his condition and has developed a friendly personality. The breed is known for its skin soft and silky, docile temperament and penchant for relaxing in the arms of a person is like a rag doll.
That is “very, very relaxed, not afraid of people, very friendly and is actually more of a dog than a cat,” said Stevens. “He walks with a strap that goes right into the car, loves to drive.”
Often people want to play Frank and Louie’s long-term, luxury leather, while Stevens is not walking.
“It’s funny because people walk towards it thinking it’s a beautiful cat, white and fluffy and is walking with a big smile on his face to give a pat, like, ‘Oh, what a beautiful cat” and I see a look of terror on their faces when they come to really see his face, “Stevens said, laughing.
Thirty years ago, a cat like Frank and Louie could not have been given the chance to live.
DeLaforcade said: “You can look at a cat like this, either as a very strange and bad omen, or you can see in this cat like a miracle.”
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