No Willy’s not drunk – He has a “wobbly cat Syndrome”. But that’s not stopping him from having fun, spreading joy, and encouraging the adoption of special needs kitties to his 1.6 million followers! The technical name for his condition is Cerebellar Hypoplasia, which cats, dogs, and humans can develop at birth. While not in any pain, cats with “CH” lack coordination when walking, have generally jerky movements, and can have tremors.
Willy’s kind human, Mandy Morris, has given lots of her time volunteering for The Rescue Project in Kansas City. She brought 3-month-old Willy home in November 2020, after seeing that he was having no luck getting adopted. She knew that cats with CH usually end up getting euthanized as people are afraid to commit to a special needs cat. Plus black cats are unfairly less likely to get adopted.
Charlie Wonka, a black and white kitty with CH, also joined their family.
Morris also has two ginger rescues named Lucy and Hobbes, who are both very patient with all the wobbly shenanigans going on around the house.
And in September 2023, they welcomed Violet, an adorable tortoiseshell kitty with CH. [But we’re sorry to update this article with the sad news that Violet passed away two days after this article was first published. Our thoughts are with Mandy and her family.]
But also we have to say congratulations to Willy for tying the knot! You can learn more about Willy and see highlights from his Big Day in the video below.
You can follow @iamwillywonky on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. And you should also check out the antics of Ivar the incredible blind cat and his special needs fur siblings.