Meet Bettie Bee, the Adorable Kitten That Literally Has Two Faces

Bettie Bee, a Janus Cat

In many ways, Bettie Bee is an ordinary newborn cat. The tabby-colored feline has four paws, two ears, and a tail. That, however, is where the similarities end. Bettie is known as a Janus cat, a term for a feline that has two faces—literally. Her head has two noses, two mouths, and three eyes. Bettie’s extra face is the result of an extremely rare congenital condition called craniofacial duplication that causes certain facial features to double in the womb.

After Bettie was born, her owner knew that she would need extra help. Due to the additional mouth, it meant Bettie would have a difficult time nursing normally, if at all. The owner then brought the kitten to a rescuer who has experience in taking care of special-needs cats.

“She was born on December 12 and I went to fetch her the very next morning,” the rescuer (who wishes to remain anonymous), told The Dodo. “I took her to the vet that day and his first opinion was to put her down. But she was, at one day old then, very feisty. We wanted to give her a chance. And she’s been thriving.” Bettie’s rescuer has been feeding her via a tube, and she discovered that both mouths led to the stomach.

Although a two-faced cat like Bettie is certainly an anomaly, there’s a chance that she will grow up to live a healthy life; in one case, a Janus cat named Frankenlouie passed away after 14 years. With love and care, Bettie will hopefully have the same.

“She's [Bettie] amazing — I still look at her and can't believe she's real,” the rescuer marvels. “I'm taking it day by day and hope she will continue to thrive and be with myself and my husband for many years. It's wonderful to see how many people are rooting for her.”

You can follow along with her incredible story, too. The rescuer has set up a Facebook page for the little kitty, who is already becoming a worldwide sensation at barely a week old.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstance, Bettie Bee passed away shortly after this article was originally published.

Meet Bettie Bee, a tiny kitten who is gaining worldwide fame for her unusual looks.

Bettie Bee, a Janus Cat

She's a janus cat, a two-faced cat that has two noses, two mouths, and three eyes.

Bettie Bee, a Two-Faced Cat

Bettie Bee: Facebook
h/t: [The Dodo]

All images via Bettie Bee.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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