Hi, I’m Amanda Woodhead (formerly Maurer). I’m the proud mom to CG and Ellie, special needs cats with cerebellar hypoplasia. In 2011, I married the best guy I know — and he totally digs our cats, too.
A few years ago I had never heard of cerebellar hypoplasia. That is, until I was looking to adopt a cat and found a special needs kitten’s profile on Petfinder. He had CH, and I figured if I was going to love any cat, it may as well be one that needed love the most. At that moment I felt we were meant for each other, but I had no idea what I was in for!
I’ve learned so much from adopting CG — about cats, their special needs, love and patience. This experience has had such a profound impact on me, that it’s now become my mission to help other CH cat parents and spread awareness about the condition.
When I’m not spending time with my husband, playing with my kitties or off on some adventure, you can find me working for Dairy Management Inc., located outside of Chicago.
CG’s the reason why this blog exists. A year or so after I adopted him, it dawned on me that I should have chronicled our adventures and lessons together. This blogging adventure has since transformed into a resource and a tool to spread CH awareness. And it’s all thanks to him.
CG, who is named for the actor Cary Grant, had moderate CH as a kitten, but he has learned to compensate a great deal as adult. As my first cat (as an adult), this guy has a very special place in my heart.
CG’s adoption was very special for us, and I never could have imaged that we’d have another “meant-to-be” moment with an adoptable kitten. But that’s what happened with Ellie!
My husband and I were considering adopting a companion for CG when we heard about Ellie. Her story is just incredible, as we probably wouldn’t have adopted her if some bizarre events hadn’t happened.
Anyway, she’s our silly little girl. She has moderate CH, but she doesn’t let that stop her! Her hind legs may not know what her front are doing, but she keeps up with all of us — even if that means a few flips, tumbles and bumps!
Thank you so much for letting us share our story with you. I hope that my experiences and the stories of others will help you better understand this condition, and possibly open your own heart and home to a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia.
Note: This blog is built on my personal thoughts. While I may offer advice, please understand I am not a professional. This blog is also a non-profit project of mine; I don’t endorse or represent any products mentioned.