Cats with two faces are not uncommon; they are known as "Janus" cats, after the Roman deity with two faces. According to National Geographic, Janus cats have an overabundance of a protein called "sonic hedgehog," which determines how their faces grow. The more sonic hedgehog that is produced by cells within the cat's face, the more faces it will have.
It is possible for cats to have three, four or even five faces. If you look at photos of cats with multiple faces, you'll see that each new face has a distinct expression. This shows that each face is responsible for looking around, seeing what's going on and reacting accordingly.
Two-faced cats are rare but do exist. Like many other species of cat, domestic shorthairs are genetically programmed to produce only single faces. However, because of accidents during surgery or birth injuries, some cats have two facial surfaces instead of one. Although this phenomenon was first discovered in domestic shorthairs, it has been reported in other breeds as well. In fact, according to the American Society for Veterinary Dentistry, two-faced cats are most common in cats of Persian, Scottish Fold, and Japanese Binchotan breeds.
Like people who have two faces, these cats can be seen from time to time. Usually, only one side of the cat is visible, although both sides sometimes show up simultaneously.
The kitten is thought to have a birth abnormality known as diprosopus, a rare disorder that causes head duplication. According to a local magazine, cats with this deformity are sometimes referred to as Janus cats, after a Roman god with two faces. The magazine adds that because these cats are usually born with their faces turned toward the same side of their body, they often find themselves alone without parents to guide them.
Janus cats are usually born blind and deaf and require extensive veterinary care throughout their lives. However, some individuals with this condition may survive for several years despite their disabilities.
The frequency of diprosopus in the general cat population is not known. However, it does occur more frequently in certain breeds including Scottish Highlands cats, which have an estimated incidence of 1 in 4,000 births. Also, males are affected about twice as often as females.
Although most people are familiar with dogs that are born with two heads or multiple personalities, cats are also commonly born with this disorder. Known as polydactyly, this trait occurs in various shapes and sizes, but it is rarely seen among purebred cats. Polydactyly can be identified during routine examinations before and after birth. The presence of extra digits is not considered harmful and does not indicate future health problems. Cats with this problem are usually abandoned by their owners or placed in rescue shelters.
Cats can distinguish various faces, but not in the same way that humans can. Cats distinguish distinct people based on their appearance, scent, voice, and behavioral tendencies. However, when it comes to food or toys, they will treat all humans equally.
It is believed that cats learn about people by observing them and by listening to their voices. They use this information to determine how to act toward each person. Cats are also thought to understand that some people may be more important than others; those people who eat regularly and tend to their health will be favored by the family. Finally, cats appear to know when someone is feeling happy or sad because of their behavior.
Although cats cannot recognize everyone's face, they do seem to recognize individual people. This means that if you have a cat, there is a good chance that she will develop her own unique relationship with you.
Cats are known to love certain scents, such as that of their owner or another cat. They use these scents to identify themselves and others. Although they may not be able to say your name, cats can still show their love by rubbing against you or seeking out your company otherwise.
"Cats" Janus-like figure, one who appears to be the same on both sides of a dispute or argument.
Two-facedness is a characteristic of some mythological and fictional characters. They are often immortal or eternal in form, but not in mind. Their "faces" can change with each new situation they find themselves in. Some examples include Hushpuppy from Peter Pan, Wendy's pet tiger, and Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh.
Two-faced people are those who show different faces to different groups of people. This can be done intentionally to gain trust or favor, or it can be due to lack of self-awareness which makes them unable to understand why others view them negatively. Examples include Adolf Hitler, Joseph McCarthy, and Richard Nixon.
Two-faced animals are also known as Janus cats or Janus dogs. They appear to be normal one day and then are mutilated so that only part of their body is present the next. This is done to remove all trace of an animal being kept as domestic property. Two-faced animals are used in black magic rituals to bring about harm to another person.
Cats can't tell the difference between human faces and don't care how you appear. They, unlike dogs, would not even attempt to distinguish between human faces. In a trial done by an American university, the kittens were only able to recognize their handlers around half of the time. Even when they did catch on it was usually because they had been told who their owner was before the study began.
In another study, published in 2001, researchers at the University of Lincoln, UK, found that domestic cats understand about 100 words, including names, commands and adjectives. They used radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to see what cats would do with these words. The results showed that cats took note of all words they heard and tried to act upon as many as they could. This means that cats are capable of understanding humans at least to some degree.
The ability to understand humans is also demonstrated by cats' use of "attention-getting" behaviors, such as meowing or pawing at doors/windows, when they want attention from people. These behaviors are similar to those used by children to get adults to pay attention to them.
Finally, cats will often rub against things when they are happy or curious. This behavior is common among pets that live with people and has several purposes. It may be a way for cats to mark their territory or ask to be let out.