Janus cats almost never survive, and most have congenital defects.
They usually only live a few days.He had been dropped off at Cummings School of
Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University by a breeder in September of 1999 to be euthanized, and one of the people who worked there, Marty Stevens,a vet nurse took an interest. At the time, vets told Stevens she could expect the
cat to live only a few days. Stevens, however, took a chance.
She fed Frankenlouie using tubes in both mouths, soon realizing that only the ‘Frank’ side was connected to his esophagus. He did, however, eat enough for two.
Frank did learn to eat on his own when he was three months old , much to the
relief of Stevens and Louie.
Stevens said her cat quickly developed a strong personality and loved to walk around her
neighborhood in North Grafton. People often want to touch Frank and Louie’s
long, luxurious fur while Stevens is out walking him.
“It’s funny because people walk up to him thinking it’s a nice, fluffy white cat and
they’re walking up with a big smile on their face to pat him, like, ‘Oh, what a beautiful
cat’ and I see a look of horror come over their faces when they actually see his face,” Stevens
He had only two functioning eyes;
the middle one was blind. He had two noses, two mouths, one
brain, and only one bottom jaw.Frank and Louie shared a home with another cat,
a dog, and two parrots, one of whom sings opera.
Frank and Louie made it into the 2012 edition of
Guinness World Records as the longest-surviving member of a group known as Janus cats.
Sadly Frankenlouie had to be euthanized at 15
years old on December 4, 2014.
Stevens said he fell quite ill around Thanksgiving and she she took him to the Tuffs University clinic.The vet told her it was best to euthanize him,
because he was in quite a lot of pain and he was likely suffering from a “really bad cancer.”
Stevens says she wouldn’t mind looking for another Janus to bring home with her, just like she did with Frankenlouie in 1999.’I would love to do it again’.