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Two-Faced Kitten Dies In Oregon

Two-faced kitten dies

A two-faced Janus kitten died Thursday in Oregon, just two days after it was born.

Deucy was born Tuesday in Amity, and owner Stephanie Durkee was beyond surprised when her children told her that there was a kitten with two faces in the litter.

Durkee told her children, “I think you guys are just tired, you’re crazy, that doesn’t happen.”

But then Durkee saw Deucy, who suffered from a rare congenital disorder called diprosopus. Cats with this disorder are known as “Janus” cats, named after the two-faced Roman god, Janus, who also lends his name to the month of January.

Janus kittens rarely make it to adulthood, with the oldest known living to 12 years. Durkee fed Deucy every two hours with a syringe after she was rejected by her mother. The kitten had a healthy set of organs, according to veterinarians, but died of health complications, and Durkee said she died peacefully in the morning. Deucy’s two litter mates have survived.

In February, a Janus cat named Harvey Dent also died from health complications from diprosopus after just two days.

In 2011, a cat named Frank and Louie was named the longest-surviving Janus cat at 12 years old. His owner, Marty Stevens, was working at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University when the cat was brought in by a breeder. Stevens invited Frank and Louie into her home, where she tube fed him and set an alarm every two hours for nightly feedings.

“I’d wake up and literally think, ‘Oh my god, he’s still alive,'” Stevens said. “Then days passed and it was like, ‘Yay he’s still alive!'”

Frank and Louie was generally healthy throughout his life, although he did suffer a sinus infection as a kitten and later had surgery to remove teeth growing in along the right side of his face, where he had no jaw.

Are you sad to hear that Deucy the two-faced kitten has died?

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20 Responses to “Two-Faced Kitten Dies In Oregon”

  1. Nancy Wiesenberg Dloughy

    And WHAT type of cat are you talking about? It was a REGULAR cat that gave birth to this two faced cat. It's an abnormality. That was really rude for you to say. Didn't you read the story? The mother was a NORMAL cat. How about getting your facts straight before spewing crap like this??

  2. Danielle Rallo

    beautiful deucy will be welcomed at the rainbow bridge with open arms… she got to experience love and compassion of a human and will rest peacefully because of it… <3

  3. Terbear Rose

    Lol Margie. Not the brightest tool in the shed, are ya?

  4. Terbear Rose

    However, it is no wonder the kitten died. They have multiple pictures of the kitten outside, it was handled way too much by someone with zero experience. They likely didnt make it go to the bathroom, and they need to stay warm.
    Death was likely caused by their ignorance.
    It's too bad someone experienced wasn't able to get it out of the danger zone.
    Poor kitty

  5. Deborah Ackerman

    At least the kitten was well cared for during its short life after being rejected by its mother.

  6. Steve Armstrong

    I'm sad that Deucy had to suffer as long as she did!

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