Janus Cat: Deucy the 2-faced kitten born in Oregon

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Amity, Oregon (CNN/KGW) -- An Oregon family got quite a shock when one of their kittens was born with two faces.

"Deucy" the two-faced cat was born Tuesday morning. The kitten's owner says despite its unusual appearance, the animal is healthy.

"The kids actually found him and came in and said, 'Mom, there's a kitty with two heads,'" says Stephanie Durkee. "We took her to the vet and the vet said that her heartbeat is great and her nerves... her nervous system reacts the way it's supposed to when she's touched."

Cats with this rare congenital disorder are known as "Janus cats," named for the Roman god with two faces.

Janus cats usually do not survive for more than a few days, but in 2011 a 12-year-old two-faced feline named Frankie and Louie made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

CNN affiliate KGW reports Deucy the two-faced kitten has been rejected by her mother. The family feeds her warm kitten formula with a syringe every two hours.

They say she is eating well and stronger than the other two kittens that survived their birth.

Deucy also has a plush living arrangement: a dresser drawer with heating pads and towels.

Durkee hopes she has a long life.

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