The Sad Freak Show of a Two-Faced Kitten

One thing that’s neat about the Internet is the way news of weird and fascinating things spreads around the world in a matter of hours.

But sometimes that’s also the thing I hate about the Internet.

Take Deucy the two-faced kitten, for instance. She was born on June 11 in the tiny city of Amity, Oregon, about an hour southwest of Portland. Her guardian, Stephanie Durkee, took the poor little thing to the vet, who said that everything seemed to be okay. The only issue at that point was that Deucy’s mother had rejected her, so Durkee had to feed her kitten milk replacer every two hours around the clock.

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I don’t know how the media first got hold of the story, but from what I can tell, TV station KGW was the first to report on Deucy.

What Durkee might not have counted on, though, was the Internet’s vast, deep yearnings for the latest odd — or might I even say freakish — sensation. Within 24 hours, Deucy’s story had pretty much traveled the globe, appearing on TV stations throughout the U.S. and on Britain’s ITN TV network, not to mention on high-profile websites like Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post.

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People like me who have been blogging for a long, long time are used to trolls, sensation-hunters, and haters, and we pretty much know what to do about them. But if you’re not familiar with being in the glare of worldwide publicity (“Hello, this is George L. Tweedypants from the The Daily Screamer in London. I’d like to talk with you about your cat.”) and therefore a target for people who are just dying for a chance to judge you (OMG ALL U WANT IZ MONEY AND U DON’T CARE ABOUT THE CAT!!!!!111) for everything and anything, despite the fact that they know nothing about you (OMG U $#@!!ING STUPID $%^^ WHY DINT U GET THE CAT SPADE?!?!), I imagine this can be pretty disconcerting.

Two days later, Deucy died, despite Durkee’s best efforts to keep her alive. It’s not surprising: Very few two-faced cats live to see their first birthday. Still, it must have been difficult. It’s very hard not to get emotionally involved when you’re working so hard to save a kitten’s life.

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And then there was a giant sucking sound as Deucy’s fame disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.

Don’t get me wrong: Being an Internet sensation can make very good things happen. Just look a the story of Freida, a cat left in a ditch to die, whose worldwide fame allowed the tiny rescue group that saved her life to pay for her medical expenses and raise awareness about the ongoing problem of abandoned, abused, and neglected cats. But when a cat becomes “Internet famous” because of the same voyeuristic urge that drove people to watch circus freak shows, that’s just wrong … and sad.

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Did Deucy’s story fascinate or enrage you? Did you care at all? If Deucy had been your cat, what would you have wanted or hoped for? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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This post was written by JaneA Kelley, regular contributor to Catster Magazine.


Nikolaos Fostiras

Poor little fellow :( RIP and may god watch your soul :(

Two Face was also a poor kitten born with the same condition. It dies as well a few months later :(

Cheryl Mallon-Bond

Because I am a rescuer, I was interiged by the story, but not in a weird way, like some jerks might; out of love & concern for the little baby. I wished the wee-one would have made it!. Probably the rescuer would have had to keep her, as not many want an "un-perfect" kit. I don't see that looking at any animal. I see all they ARE; NOT all that they aren't; unfortunately no enough people are like that. Sadly when the mother rejects them, they intrinsicly know they aren' t going to make it, but I too would have tried to save the little one as well. Not many rescuer's could leave her be & just to fade away. We have to know in our hearts we at least tried all that we could to save their little life. It sadly doesn't always end the way we would hope. :(

Anna Undebeck
Anna Undebeck4 years ago

Oh, dont know what to say...

Karen Orr
Karen Orr4 years ago

My thoughts are for the kitten and it's new make shift Mom. Duecy had a chance to feel warmth and love, however short, that is what really matters. The worst part is, that this little kitten had to start it's life being rejected, but was able to be loved and accepted. Funny thing is that had it been just a little abandoned kitty, with out the deformity, the news etc...would not have bothered. I read to hear the rescuer and the story behind this little Angel. So sorry to hear that this cutie did not survive, but thanks for giving her love, the little time Duecy was on Earth. I would have hoped I could give her a good life, with lotsa love and a chance at play. I definitely would not want Duecy to be exposed to all the media. Duecy, rest in peace.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H4 years ago

Poor little animal...

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Susan B.
Susan B4 years ago

I'm glad she had the time to be loved, held and kissed. She deserved what time she was here to be part of a family. She had no idea what was happening to her, she was just being loved. That's how I think she felt about her time here. How do I feel about her precious little life being webcam? I think it was a skank sh-t thing to do, but what can I say. She was taken care of wonderfully and lived as well as she could. It's that fence sitting again. Blessings little heart angel Deucy. You are having a blast at the Bridge with tons of new friends I'm sure! Peace.

Siti R.
Siti R4 years ago

some folks have no respect for an animal; a living thing. enough of the sensationalist news, don't we have better things to do!?

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago

She is so very precious. What a special gift she was and will always be...I would loved to have cared for her and have done all I could to save her.

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

The poor thing was still a living being, deserving of love and respect. RIP, Deucy.