Harvey Dent, Cat Born with Two Faces, Dies

02/07/2012 at 04:00 PM EST

Cat with Two Faces Dies After Two Days
When their cat Nene gave birth to a litter of kittens last week, owners Nash Hand and his wife Amanda Forsythe of Port Charlotte, Fla., couldn't believe their eyes. One of the fluffy babies, a tiny black male, was born with two faces.

They named the kitten Harvey Dent after the two-faced Batman character and scoured the internet for information on how to care for the little one, whose condition stems from a rare congenital disorder that duplicates an animal's face.

Sadly, their efforts were short-lived. Harvey died Feb. 1 of complications from the disorder, according to ABC 7 affiliate WWSB.

Janus cats, as they're commonly called, don't typically survive very long. In Harvey's case, each side of his face moved simultaneously. "When he meows, he meows on both sides," Forsythe said, cradling the feline in her hand.

Despite the medical hurdles that Harvey may have faced, the couple was determined to help him, even though people suggested they euthanize him after hearing his story.

"It shouldn't be killed just because it is a little different," Nash told ABC 7.

Last year, a 12-year-old cat named Frank and Louis made headlines when he earned a 2012 Guinness World Records title as the longest-surviving Janus cat.

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