Guinness Book oldest ‘Janus’ cat dies at 15

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NORTH GRAFTON, Mass. — The Guinness World Record longest living two-faced cat has died.

Frank and Louie passed away at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft’s University on Thursday morning, the Telegram reports.

The condition is caused by an error in a single protein causing the development of two faces.

Cats with this condition are called “Janus” cats because of the two-faced Roman god Janus who, according to myth, looked both to future and past.

Frank and Louis beat the odds simply by surviving past birth.

“He was brought into Tufts veterinary school — I used to work there — at a day old to be euthanized. I said, ‘I will take him,’ and they let me. He was so unique, but if he had been a normal kitten I would have taken him also,” his owner, Martha Stevens, said in 2011.

When the cat reached the age of 12, the Guinness Book of Records declared Frank and Louis the oldest “Janus” cat in the world.

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories


Follow FOX8 on Twitter