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Venus, the Beautiful “Two-Faced” Cat (Photos)

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Venus, the Beautiful “Two-Faced” Cat (Photos)

Have you ever met a cat whose face is a perfect split of two different fur colors? If not, then give a warm welcome to Venus the Chimera Cat. After her photo appeared on Reddit, she’s been admired by thousands for her unusual coloration and sweet demeanor!

The “Chimera” in Venus’s title refers to chimerism, which is a naturally-occurring genetic condition in which one organism is born from four parent cells (e.g. two fertilized eggs that have fused together). While Venus may not be a true chimera—her appearance is just as likely due to normal genetic variation—she’s certainly an unusual beauty!

Click through to see more photos of Venus, as well as a video!

 

Photo Credit: Venus’s Page

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9:59PM PDT on May 11, 2013

Wow!

2:52AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Beautiful!

10:52AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Venus is a real beauty. What a remarkable genetic Mutation. She is unusual and this makes here stunning in both her face and her two different eye colors. I have four cats. And in two of my babies they have genetic mutations that give them short and stumpy tails. And this does nothing to chnage how sweet they are. You are one in a millon venus and quite lovely too.

5:45PM PST on Feb 4, 2013

Venus is like a unique and beautiful masterpiece, like a wonderful collage or mosaic. She's a lovely cat, really one in a gazillion.

11:50AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Im the care taker of Venus' canine counterpart. She is a 6 mth old Catahoula Leapard Dog that has a line right down the middle of her snout dividing her face into black one side and black/white merle on the other. Wish I could insert a picture for comparision.

9:54PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

I believe Venus is a Chimera. I'm not sure if she's sterile. I think she has two sets of DNA. I don't think male cats can be tortoise shell or calico, just the females. I found a cat with the black and orange brindle coloring. We named her Brenda. She brought three kittens and placed them under our stairs on the deck. The two males are orange like Morris the cat and the girl is tortoise shell just like her mommy. The two girls don't have that distinct two tone color right down the face and they don't have one blue and one green eye, but our little tortoise shell girl has the distinct split under her chin. Venus is truly beautiufl to look at.

6:54PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

What a truly unique feline face! Very, very beautiful & one of a kind. I currently have 10 felines myself - all were shelter adoptions with a few rescues & all are altered. I have 1 all white female named Lily Rose & she has 1 blue eye & 1 green eye. Thanks so much for sharing Venus' story - again she is truly a unique & beautiful feline! God Bless & Happy 2013!

7:39AM PST on Dec 24, 2012

WOW!!

3:09AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Cool. My genetics professor actually showed us an image of this cat.
I personally have a white sphynx with one blue and one green eye. She is an awesome cat!

9:46PM PST on Dec 18, 2012

If this were my cat it's name would be Gemini,...What a cool looking cat!!!!

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