Kitten born with two faces

Rare Janus cat born in Port Charlotte

Published On: Jan 31 2012 09:13:00 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 01 2012 10:22:22 AM EST

You've probably heard of cats having nine lives, but a Florida kitten was born with two faces.

The Janus cat is named Harvey Dent after the Batman character more commonly known as Two Face. Aaron Eckhart played Dent in the 2008 film The Dark Knight.

Janus cats are named after the mythical Roman god who had two faces. They are exceptionally rare.

"They simultaneously work together, the two faces.  When he eats on one side it looks like he's eating on the other.  When he meows, it comes out of both sides," said owner Nash Forsythe.

But the odds are against Janus cats.

Looking for help, Harvey Dents' owners reached out to Dr. Greg Fluharty at a Port Charlotte Animal Clinic, who examined the cat.

"Everything is probably pretty good as far as the GI track and also the lungs, which sound normal.  Respiration and heart rate were normal for a kitten that age," said Dr. Fluharty.

Harvey Dent is scheduled to undergo neurology tests next week, but his owners said they are determined to give him a fighting chance.

"We are definitely not going to kill it.  I am not going to let somebody tell me that it needs to he done.  It shouldn't be killed because it is a little different," said Amanda Forsythe.

Janus cats can survive.  One recently made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011 after turning 12.