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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject: Frank 'n Louie Reply with quote

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Cat sees world from both sides
Millbury woman had feline from day one

By Nancy Sheehan TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
nsheehan@telegram.com

When people first see Frank and Louie they “paws” and do a double take.

He is one cat with two faces — and two names. The soft, fluffy feline belongs to a Millbury woman named Marty, who has asked us not to use her last name because she fears a crush of publicity, like that which surrounded the recent birth of a kitten with two faces in Ohio.

Cats with two faces are extremely rare, veterinarians say. Most die within days of being born.


“All of the other cases I looked up on the Web were autopsy cases,” Marty said. Her cat is an exception. He is six years old.

The cat has two mouths, two noses and two working eyes. A third eye in the middle is not functional. Marty named her cat “Frank and Louie” so each face would have a name. Only one mouth, the one on the cat’s right side — or Frank’s side — is connected to an esophagus, so Frank gets all the food.

If you look at the cat from the left he looks normal. Look at him from the right and he does, too. It is only when you look straight on that you can see what a special kitty he is.

It is not a look that appeals to everyone at first.

“Some people say ‘That’s horrible. It’s just not right,’ ” Marty said. Frank and Louie quickly wins them over with his gentle, friendly personality. He rubs up against your legs and sometimes licks your hand.

“Those same people are the ones who end up going ‘Oh, I love him. He’s so sweet,’ ” said Marty, who described the cat as having a temperament more like that of a dog than a cat.

Marty has owned the cat since he was a day old. She used to work at a local veterinary hospital as a nurse in the operating room. One day someone brought the deformed kitten in to be euthanized.

“I said, ‘Don’t do it,’ ” Marty said. “ ‘I want to take him home.’ ”

The tiny kitten, no bigger than a hamster, had to be fed every two hours, so Marty brought him with her everywhere she went.

“He grew up in a shoebox,” she said. “He went to work with me every day for the first three months of his life.”

Marty fed him with special kitten formula that you can buy in little cans.

“I put a tube down into his stomach and injected the formula with a syringe,” she said. “That’s another reason I think he lived, because the anatomy is usually so messed up in these cases, and this way he didn’t choke or anything.”

On the advice of veterinarians, she tried not to get her hopes up too high.

“They told me ‘Don’t get too attached. You can try, but they die in a few days,’ ” she said. But slowly, day by day, Frank and Louie got stronger instead of weaker.

“He was gaining weight, and I started to get excited,” she said. “I thought, maybe he’s going to live.”

He did better than that. He thrived.

Frank and Louie is as easygoing as he is outgoing, perhaps because in his first month of life he was around so many different people — in work environments, the homes of relatives and friends, everywhere Marty went.

He regularly frolics with Marty’s other cats, and her 65 pound dog, who developed a bond with Frank and Louie from the moment Marty brought the kitten home. Frank and Louie also likes to go for rides in the car and walks in the park.

“He walks on a leash,” Marty said. “I bring him to PETCO and I could just leave him in the carriage and I can walk him up and down the aisles and he just lays there. But he does cause quite a commotion when I take him there.”

Meanwhile, the Ohio two-faced kitten has disappeared. It had a scheduled appointment with a veterinarian on July 15, but the family could not find the kitten that morning. A house door was found open, leading to speculation that it had been stolen or died in the night and was removed by its mother.


http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060721/NEWS/607210688/1

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's just plain old buggery weird.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he's actually pretty cute.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should've called him something like "Harvey & Dent."
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cute kitty, but I thought that this thread was going to be about a gay couple.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say poor thing but the article doesn't say anything about the cat having any real problems other than having two faces.

Would be kinda weird to have the perspective of a bird though.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Birds have 2 faces???
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes.

Birds have one eye on either side of their head while cats' eyes both face forward. This cat has a bird's perpective.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, they're always tweeting about you behind their wings. It's all 'oh those feathers look great on you, and your nest is sooo cool', then it's 'oh my god, did you see what she's done with that down? And those twigs are like so last season'.

Bloody two faced sparrows.

I do apologise. I've just eaten a large bar of chocolate and cant' be held responsible for the consequences.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I KNEW IT!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, birds. you think they're all cute and sweet and happy-happy, but they can be brutal.

actually, that cat seems pretty happy. sounds like he really lucked out.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lasairfiona wrote:
Yes.

Birds have one eye on either side of their head while cats' eyes both face forward. This cat has a bird's perpective.


those things usually work so incredibly complicated you can't even begin to imagine what it feels like.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey! that cat is one town over from me! i fully plan to stalk it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww, the cat is so cute and fluffy!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet its jumping skills are lacking due to loss of stereo vision. They should make lots of fun videos of it leaping from the sofa to the window and falling on its little two-head instead!
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