A cat born with two faces is defying the odds after vets gave her just days to live. Now she's got a fighting chance for a happy life, and it's all thanks to one special person.
By, 17 Nov 2019
Duo was born with an extremely rare condition called diprosopus, meaning she has two faces.
An extremely rare condition
Most cats with diprosopus only live for a few days, and after being rejected by her mother, there wasn't much hope for this extraordinary kitten.
Then a local vet named Dr Ralph Tan came along. He adopted Duo and, thanks to his round the clock care, she's still with us four months later.
But things haven't been easy for Duo. She initially refused to feed, had to battle through a severe respiratory infection, and now requires surgery on one of her eyes after the lid began to grow inward.
She also suffered a seizure and was temporally unable to use her little legs, although she seems to have made a full recovery.
This might sound like too much for any poor kitty to deal with, and some people believe it would be kinder to send Duo for a final and very peaceful catnap.
However, her new cat-dad insists Duo doesn't appear to be in much pain and is slowly developing like any other kitten. Duo can now walk by herself, recognise other kitties, and is even revealing her more playful side.
"She may have a disability. She may have her challenges, but she loves life. She loves to play. She takes whatever is thrown at her and makes the best of it!"
Never give up hope
Duo still has many challenges to overcome, but at least she's in good hands. And with the right kind of care, anything is possible.
A cat named Frakenlouis entered the Guinness Book of Records is 2012 as the longest surviving cat with two faces. He lived to the ripe old age of 15!