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Harvey, a Kitten With Two Faces, Dies After Two Days

Harvey, a Kitten With Two Faces, Dies After Two Days

After their cat, Nene, gave birth to a black kitten with two faces last week, Nash Hand and his wife, Amanda Forsythe, of Port Charlotte, Florida, turned to the internet. The response they received was far from helpful: As Forsythe says, they were told to put the kitten down and

“…that it is an abomination, that I am an evil person because I would let such a thing live like that. It’s a beast because it’s a black cat with two faces.”

Hand and Forsythe instead got in touch with Dr. Greg Fluharty of the Animal Clinic in Port Charlotte and were told that the kitten’s lungs, respiration and heart rate were normal for a cat of its age. They named him Harvey Dent, after the character in Batman with a “two-faced personality.” Forsythe noted how Harvey’s two faces worked together at once: “When he eats on one side it looks like he is eating on the other. When he meows it comes out of both sides,” she said. (A video of Harvey is here.)

According to WWSB, Hand and Forsythe had actually been watching a TV show about a cat with two faces (the scientific term for the condition is diprosopus) prior to Harvey’s birth. Another “Janus cat,” Frank and Louie, indeed lived to the age of 12. Janus cats are so called after a Roman god, Janus, who was depicted with two faces because he was believed to look to both the past and the future simultaneously. Janus was the god of gates and doors (ianua is the Latin word for “door”), and also of beginnings and transitions. His name can be heard in that of the Roman month Ianuarius, which was actually at the end of the year in the ancient Romans’ calendar.

Sadly, Harvey died last Wednesday of medical complications. The little black kitten was only two days old. Had he survived, Nash and Forsythe were prepared to take care of a unique animal, as Forsythe said:

“We are definitely not going to kill it. I am not going to let somebody tell me that it needs to be done. It shouldn’t be killed just because it is a little different.”

 

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9:36AM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Sad that he didn't make, upset that people would respond like that.

6:22AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Sorry that he died.

2:49PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Animals unlike humans, they can't understand what is going on with them. If they are born with or develop an unusual condition, and can life a comfortable life, AND YOU CAN AFFORD THEIR MEDICAL EXPENSES, then the choice is yours. I personally do no support keeping some of these animals alive when too many adaptions have to made for them to move around and to survive. People always say 'pet' is happy. That could just be wishful thinking. Some people keep these pets alive to boost their ego, or to go the religious route (God's will), etc. Not really doing what is best for the animals. Sorry, it guess this kitty wasn't meant to live, as as that may be.

6:59AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Of course. No animals should have two faces. All animal lovers, please be careful what you feed your pets.

11:43PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

There are still crazed misinformed people out there and they are the one's that attack that which they do not understand. There are children AND animals that are born every day with horrible deformities and people make horrible comments towards both with no regard to peoples feelings or emotions....people just sux sometimes. :-)

1:48PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

I am glad you didn't just kill him. thank you.

1:21PM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

So sad about his News.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

I had no idea such a thing existed! What wondrous variety there is in this world. It is sad that poor Harvey did not survive, but kudos to his people for trying to keep him alive. It is also sad that there are such fearful people out there that could assign "evil" to a new born creature.

5:32AM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

As a child my cat had a two faced kitten. This happens more often then people realize but sadly enough rarely survive. We should always try to save them not kill them and label them as evil.

7:08AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

so sad and sorry for your loss nash and amanda.take care

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