Say hello to Biscuits and Gravy, the two-faced kitten.
The adorable kitten was born on Wednesday with two noses, four eyes and two small mouths. Mom, Keenly and her five siblings are all healthy.
“My wife went to look at them and found five normal ones and one with two faces,” owner BJ King told CNN. “We were quite shocked. It was so strange, we didn’t even think about it much until, later, we realized that it was actually quite rare.”
Two-faced cats are known as “Janus” cats, named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces: one looking to the past and the other to the future.
To increase the likelihood of Biscotti and Gravy’s survival, the King family must take on much of Keenly’s maternal duties. This includes regular feedings and keeping it warm.
“It’s like having a newborn baby,” said King. “We set the alarm every two hours to feed him overnight and feed him every two hours, 24 hours a day. We are very careful to keep him warm at all times and he curls up in my wife’s shirt for most of the day. “
Biscuits and Gravy has only one brainstem, but it can eat, suck and meow using both of its mouths. For now, the baby is doing very well, according to the family vet.
While King said they decided to give up the rest of the litter, Biscuits and Gravy is officially part of their family.