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The feline, named Frankenlouie, has become the longest surviving member of a group known as Janus cats, named after the two-faced Roman god of transitions.
7:28PM BST 29 Sep 2011
Twelve years after owner Marty Stevens rescued him from being put down, the blue-eyed rag doll is not only thriving but has made it into the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest living janus cat.
Ms Stevens, who used to work in a veterinary school, says Frankenlouie's longevity is particularly remarkable because felines born with such congenital abnormalities usually survive only for a few days.
"He was brought in, at a day-old, to be euthanised and I just offered to take him home and try to save him and they told me not to get my hopes up too much because usually they don't survive. They never survive, actually, and he is 12-years-old, September 8th," she said.
According to his owner the two-faced cat loves nothing than a walk on leash – a peculiar enough sight – but tends to shock those who get up close to pet him.
"I see a look of horror come over their faces when they actually see his face, it's funny," said Ms Stevens.