updated 08/28/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/01/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
As adorable cats go, Venus earns a double take. Literally.
Her face appears to be split in two: half black cat, half ginger tabby cat.
The latest Internet feline fixation is a chimera cat by genetics. Three vets have confirmed this to Venus’s owner, according to a post on the kitty’s Facebook page, which has already garnered 32,000 Likes – and counting.
Also contributing to the appearance of two faces: 3-year-old Venus’s blue and green eyes, which are the result of heterochromia iridum, or a change in coloration.
But don’t be fooled by her looks – Venus, whose story went viral two weeks ago when someone posted her photo to user-generated news site Reddit, seems to be anything but two-faced.
“She’s as sweet as can be … gentle, loving, and has this little tiny kitten like ‘meow,’ ” her owner writes on Facebook. “She acts like a big baby in the way that she loves to be babied. She doesn’t bother any furniture with her claws and uses a scratching post.”
Adds Venus’s owner, who rescued the cat in September 2009: “She does not have one single bad habit … she’s perfect!”
Well, there might be one thing – if you ask her canine siblings.
“As tiny as she is she likes to pick the giant pieces of food from the dog food bowl rather than eat her cat food and when the dogs come up she looks at them like ‘um yeah don’t even think about it,’ ” her owner writes. “She’s the smallest animal of 5 but rules roost and doesn’t take any crap from the other animals.”
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