Jodi Waite, from Ontario, Canada, couldn't wait for her pregnant cat Nala to give birth. When the big day finally arrived, Jodi and her family were on hand to make sure everything went smoothly.
Lucky number 7
They helped deliver the first six kittens, but when number seven popped out, Jodi's daughter couldn't believe her eyes. Speaking to CTV news, Jodi said:
“She was lucky number seven. My daughter saw her and said, ‘Mom, this one has two heads’ ... and I thought she assumed it was twins.”
They quickly realised that the kitten didn't have two heads, but two faces! Miracle was accepted by her mother, although Jodi had to feed the kitten through a syringe.
The family were even more amazed when Miracle started meowing and purring out of both faces at the same time.
“One mouth would meow and the next mouth would meow at the same time,” said Jodi.“It was pretty wild.”
Sadly, this little Miracle passed away just a few days later.
Janus cats are extremely rare
Miracle wasn't the first kitten to be born with two faces, which is caused by an extremely rare genetic mutation. These Janus cats, named after the Roman god with two faces, can live up to 15 years old. However, the genetic mutation creates several serious medical issues, and most kittens die within the first few weeks.
Janus cats are so rare that most vets will go through their whole careers without seeing one.
Veterinarian Dr Matthew Kornya only knows of 6 reported cases, although many more may have gone unreported. He said:
“A lot of these cats don’t make it past the first days of life because of their ability to breathe and eat, and things don’t necessarily line up if the oesophagus and trachea are not formed properly."
Posted by Jodi Waite on Tuesday, March 26, 2019