Double the Head, Double the Luck


Cats are believed to have nine lives, not two faces. But this San Diego cat is born with a head but with two mouths, two noses and four eyes. With the name Duo this three month old cat was said to have been rejected by her mother. Luckily, the mother cat’s owner was friends with a veterinarian, Ralph Tran, who agreed to adopt this special needs cat and give her the necessary love and medical care thus giving the double headed duo double luck.

Dr. Ralph Tran says each face fights to eat, so most of the food just ends up in the middle eye and on her forehead.

“Both her mouths meow separately, and both noses are fully functional,” Tran told People.

Duo has had other issues as well, including a respiratory infection, a possible seizure and issues with walking. In addition, she will likely need surgery on her middle eyes.

She is also smaller than other kittens her age, but that doesn’t stop her, he said.

“She may have her disability, she may have her challenges, but she loves life, she loves to play, she takes whatever is thrown at her and makes the best of it,” Tran told Inside Edition.

Although most “Janus cats,” as Duo is called, rarely live beyond a few days, her condition isn’t necessarily fatal.

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