A Quick Update on the Homer Bear

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I haven't written in a few days because, honestly, I wouldn't have had anything good to report.  Homer's been on a bit of a hunger strike, and you all know how frightening and sad that can be.  BUT, I am pleased to report that Homer's eating again! Hooray! 


Those of you who've been following us the past couple of weeks know that we've been hiding Homer's meds in his food, as attempting to pill him is a non-starter.  (You're thinking, Pill Pockets, pill shooters, wrap him up in a "kitty burrito"!  Trust me, all these methods have been tried and have failed.)  Even compounding Homer's medicine into a yummy-tasting tuna flavor doesn't do much good, because Homer has always been highly resistant to anything entering his mouth in any fashion other than his choosing to put it there himself--even if it's something that tastes good and that he'd otherwise enjoy.

We did manage to come up with a concoction of Homer's favorite things that we could successfully hide the medicine in, but his stomach became terribly upset.  We tried putting him on a more boring diet, but he wasn't eating at all.  Finally, today, I had the idea of bringing home Kitten Chow, which Homer hasn't had since he was a kitten 14 years ago.  And, I'm thrilled to report, he's eating again!  With enthusiasm!  I guess there's something for all of us in the comfort foods of our childhoods when we're not feeling well.

So he hasn't gotten his meds in a couple of days, but at this point I'm just happy to see him eating.  Later today I'm going to try mixing the yummy-tasting medicine compound with the less-yummy crushed-up antibiotic mixed in with some baby food that's mixed into the bigger bowl of Kitten Chow.  We'll see how that goes.  Honestly, I'm just so happy to see food going in him again that I have tears in my eyes as I'm typing this.  As long as he's eating happily, everything else can be managed.  At least, everything feels pretty manageable around here for the first time in days, and I will accept the goods the gods have given me without going out to look for the downside just yet!  :-)

I don't have the camera phone handy (and I don't want to disturb him by looking for it!), but here's what Homer's doing with me right now...





  • Jean Marie mueller Saturday, 22 December 2012


    I am so glad Homer is eating again.Love and prayers for a long and happy life.

  • Kimberly Coleman Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Prayers continue for Homer

    Gwen, Thanks for the update. I just love Homer and having a cat that has serious heart disease (genetic cardiomyopathy) I celebrate your wins and joys with you as I face food challenges although my boy can be pilled easily. Here's to continued food success and a better feeling Homer! I have been praying for you both.

  • Richard Newhouse Sunday, 23 December 2012

    Our Prayers are with you and Homer

    Our prayers are with you Gwen and Laurence for Homers recovery. If nothing else works some cooked chicken with a little bit of gravy will get about any cat to eat. I never tried puting medicine into the food I had but my cats would have their noses out of joint if they didn't at least have a taste of my food so I would always put a plate next to my plate and they would go to town on the food I would set out for them. It wasn't real often though just occasionally. I am glad to see he is eating something at least and that is encouraging to hear. Sometimes if you can't give your cat medicine any other way you need to give them shots. Not something I really suggest unless absolutely necessary though as Homer will not like that. I know I had plenty of scratches over time but at least she had her medicine.

  • Kathy Mancini Sunday, 23 December 2012

    We Love Homer

    Gwen, please hang in there. I know it's a trying to time for you and your "family". You two are inseparable and he will let you know when it's time. Love you for being so strong.

  • Kate Sunday, 23 December 2012

    Hang in there, Homer Bear!

    You too, Gwen! So glad to hear he's doing better. I've been looking for an update and fearing the worst. You are all in my prayers.

  • Mary and Mr. Darcy Sunday, 23 December 2012

    A good Manhattan pet pharmacy

    Hi, Gwen! I happen to have my cat's med here to reorder, so I thought I'd share the name of the pharmacy, in case the one you use can't get a transdermal med for Homer. It's Best Pet on 1751 Second Ave; 212-348-1800; Fax: 212-348-3037. They have free delivery (they even deliver to me in Maryland!). Best wishes to you and the kittehs, and happy holidays!

  • Bette Devlin Sunday, 23 December 2012

    All of my cats have preferred Kitten Chow to their adult foods. Must be made with LOVE.....

  • Teresa Mason Monday, 24 December 2012

    Merry Christmas Homer, Fanny, Clayton and your peoples! Your story inspired me and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Suzanne Law Monday, 24 December 2012


    Thank you for these update. I know what you are going through as my Bear was sick for 2 months last year at this time. My kitties do the same and lay their head on my hand while using the mouse, they just want to be sure we know they are here. Hugs to you, Homer and rest of the family. love you Homer!

  • Brenda Griffin Monday, 24 December 2012

    Brightest Blessing and Healing Prayers to Homer

    I know how trying this is for you, sending love, light and healing Homer's way. I live with this on a daily basis with my 13 yr. old Lir who is blind and definitely declining. He still rules myself and the other furr balls. I tried everything to get his meds in him also and finally a friend suggested the following which is the only thing that has worked. I kneel on the floor placing him between my legs locking my ankles together, scruff him and at the same time pull one ear back into the scruff, the mouth pops open and the pill popper does it's work. This may help. He protests but gets his meds and lots of extra loving after. I find he really enjoys baby food (chicken, turkey, beef) and natural pumpkin (1 tsp. per day) which has helped a lot.

  • Tania Taylor Monday, 24 December 2012

    Gwen ur doing all you can

    Being a mom to 11 cats, believe me we have been through a lot with them. We take in furry babies that would be "unadoptable" by most shelter standards. Lots of health issues, so lots of vet visits. Tons of trying this and trying that. I tell my husband about every update I read and we both say we know how hard it can be. You are doing great. Every minute of every hour of every day you hope and wish you are doing the best you can. Your children know that. If the most you can do is love them, then you have that in spades. Good luck Homer, Kisses and hugs for you

  • Sue Terry Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    Hang in there Homer

    Prayers to you and Homer from MN! Sending you lots of love from Munchie, my blind cat and Tayler!

  • Kara and Johnny Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    Oh homer bear and mama .... And family

    My thoughts and heart are with you, I just finished reading "Homer's Odyssey" and I feel you are in my heart. You are all amazing, I wish I met Homer and knew you all, but I feel like you let us all into your life. Thank you for that, please give Homer some extra kisses for us and our furry child cats, Raleigh and Uma...
    Kara and Johnny

  • kim Tuesday, 25 December 2012

    liquid compound

    Have you looked into having his meds compounded in a liquid form that you give via an oral syringe. It makes all the difference!

  • Kumo Wednesday, 26 December 2012

    Before there was "cat food" there was food: a clever cat's guide to elegant dining

    Dear Gwen and Homer,
    Streetwise strays and outdoor roamers living in harbor towns or not far from seafood and sushi restaurants know when to hang-out for the plate leavings of overfed customers. Favorites on the cat menu are: prawns( steamed, or grilled with butter), poached haddock, sauteed chicken, steamed clams, clam broth, fish broth, lightly boiled chicken, chicken broth, turkey broth, lightly cooked turkey chunks, and biogard yogurt [with probiotica to restore the intestinal flora that the anti-biotics destroy].
    If a cat is suspicious of a new dish, first I lovingly stroke the cat. Then I lean over the dish and pretend to "eat first", making delicious lip smacking noises (sort of like the vassal who tasted the food for his king, in case the food was poisoned). The cat usually eats with enthusiasm after it receives this seal of approval!
    Another "invitation" that works well is if the food is on my plate. Eating from a "forbidden source" is irresistible to many cats.
    Keep eating and drinking, Homer! We're all rooting for you guys.
    You cannot imagine what an outreach you have.
    One little blind cat who conquered the world!
    Warmest greetings,

  • Andrea Wednesday, 26 December 2012


    I'm glad Homer's eating again. I've been checking my Twitter for any updates on his condition. Un abrazo desde Charleston, SC, from a fan.

  • Donna King Thursday, 27 December 2012

    Thinking of our beloved Homer...

    Are you still eating baby boy? Worried about you.. Prayers and pisitive energy coming you way! Hugs and kisses!

  • Vickie S. Friday, 28 December 2012

    Gwen, thanks so much for always keeping us updated when you can. We care so much for you and sweet Homer, and I hang on every word, as I'm sure all your other fans do as well. Just remember how much you and Homer are loved and admired all around the WORLD!!! Happy New Year!

  • Patty Saturday, 29 December 2012


    My little cat boys are praying for Homer to feel better soon and to KEEP EATING!!

  • June and Sienna Sunday, 30 December 2012

    You made our day!

    Although I am not "on" Facebook, I am able to read Homer's page for updates. I just saw the picture of him on his cat tower and we are smiling!! How wonderful that he is feeling well and able to play and how amazing that a blind cat can play Da Bird and also run up and down a cat tower!!! Homer is truly amazing and I hope he will continue to eat and share his love with you, Laurence and his siblings. Happy, Healthy New Year to all of you, especially Homer.

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