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...





  • Dr. Jane & The Girls, in MN Monday, 31 December 2012

    Go Homer!

    Hi Gwen...Just a quick note to say how happy we all are that Homer continues to do well. Thanks for all the updates on facebook, too. Hugz & Purz to you & All for a Happy New Year in 2013. Go Homer!!!

  • Laura Carter Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Oh Homer!

    I had no idea he was having problems - Gwen, we purr for you & Homer. Get well little man! Morticia is revv'ed up & Selina's purring too! Hang in there - a LOT of people love you!

    Laura Carter & Morticia Carter

  • Audrey Davis Saturday, 12 January 2013

    Getting a cat to eat

    I know I am a bit late in finding your blog, but should you need to encourage Homer to eat again, I would like to suggest chicken baby food. Warm it up, just a bit (enough to get it to start to smell). I had a cat dying of kidney failure and this worked well on the days he refused his food. I hope you don't need to try this in the near future and I am very happy to hear Homer is feeling better. I am looking forward to reading your new book!

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