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...





  • Dan Friday, 21 December 2012

    Wishing the best for you an Homer

    What else can I say. I am a true cat lover and I feel for you and this special cat! All my prayers are with you and Homer!

  • Nik Dalton Friday, 21 December 2012

    What a relief!

    So glad you found something that works. I know from experience how worrying it is when they stop eating, especially when the food has meds in it. Hope you and the whole kitty crew have a good Christmas xx

  • Kathy Schwabenlender Friday, 21 December 2012

    I'm glad you got Homer to eat again. My 16.5 year old cat, Mia, is in kidney failure and she wasn't eating for awhile. I know how fantastic if feels when they start eating again. I've given her Clinicare when she wasn't eating. It sort of is like formula for cats. It is a liquid and I've fed her with a syringe (although she's lapped it up too). Keep that in mind if you're trying to find something for him to eat next time.) Hang in there.

  • Angelique Friday, 21 December 2012

    You are doing great


    Yes this are difficult times. Good to hear Homer is eating again.
    Wishing you all the best.



    From Holland

  • Billy Sargent Friday, 21 December 2012

    Happiness is a full tummy & cuddles

    Homer is being well looked after, & we're all having as much faith you are too Gwen. Some cats live to their twenties... Homer will live forever in our hearts & the hearts of those yet to meet him, even decades from now.

  • Sherri Friday, 21 December 2012

    Good Job Gwen. God Bless you and Homer this holiday season. My thoughts are with you both daily. Keep thinking good thoughts.

  • Cheryl Friday, 21 December 2012

    Kitten chow is high in calories so that is another plus for him! Along with baby food, even if he doesn't eat alot he is getting calories. We all know you are doing everything in your power to keep him eating. And we are all here to support you. Love you Homer!

  • Vicky Springer Friday, 21 December 2012

    I am sooo glad Homer is eating again. Hang in there. You are doing a wonderful loving "job" for lack of another word with him and he loves you....

  • Meri Farnworth Friday, 21 December 2012

    Not to be obnoxious with re-posting my comment from FB, but I want to be sure you saw it. Cypro can really help to stimulate the appetite!

    Homer, have your people asked your vet about getting some cypro? Cyproheptadine is a tiny little pill, and even 1/4 of one stimulated my Bella's appetite (recently passed at age 19) when she didn't want to eat. Within 15 minutes of taking a pill (happily, she took them in PillPockets) she would be chowing away!

  • arlene woods Friday, 21 December 2012

    so thankfully he is eating best wishes for his speedy recovery

  • Becky Kerestes Friday, 21 December 2012

    Dear Gwen
    Thanks for the update on Homer. I'm crying also as I read this. I've been through this with several of my old cats and it never gets easier. I'm glad he is eating some kitten chow. They can eat something one day and like it and the next day dont want anything to do with it. Your are doing everything right, it's mainly up to him. Have you tried giving him Nutrical? It's a paste and has a lot of calories and vitamins in it. Mine don't really care for it, but I put some on my finger and try and get it on the roof of their mouth.
    But the most important thing he is getting is your love and he knows that.
    I'm not very good at writing, but just want you to know you both are in my prayers.
    Sincerely, Becky

  • Cyndi Friday, 21 December 2012

    Thank you for updating us. So glad to hear he is eating! That is the most important thing right now. Fingers crossed he will eat the concoction you give him containing the Meds :-)

  • Tina Friday, 21 December 2012

    Good boy, sweet Homer!

    I was so worried when there were no updates. So glad to hear Homer is eating again, let's hope it stays that way. You and Homer are in my prayers, bless you for all you are doing for him.

  • Mariann Horvath Friday, 21 December 2012

    Pure Love

    that picture says it all. That is so cute and I'm so relieved he's eating again. Will keep sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way. Purrs and kisses to Homer Bear from my kitties and me.

  • Marianne Friday, 21 December 2012

    Good news!

    Oh that is so good to hear. I've been there with cats of my own and when they don't eat it breaks your heart because you think they are starting to shut down. I hope he continues to eat what he loves with his meds hidden. My Maurice looked just like Homer (minus the blindness). He had a serious episode a year before he passed away. We thought we'd lose him. Some sort of allergic reaction left him barely breathing. He managed to recover and lived 15 more months. One day he stopped eating and the vet said he had a stomach tumor that was fast growing. We had to let him go because I couldn't bear to watch him starve to death. We miss him so much. His 2 sisters are still here and hopefully they will be for a long time. Prayers for Homer and yes, do look into the transdermal meds. My mom has a cat that will not be pilled or medicated. (he's also 18 pounds! so that's impossible). Transdermal works like a charm. He's OK with liquids but pills, no way.

  • Pam Serra - Elk Grove, CA Friday, 21 December 2012

    Thank you for sharing your Homer happenings with us

    Although you have the up close and personal advantages, and disadvantages sometimes, of seeing
    firsthand what the Homer guy is going through I know many of us feel your fears and your joy having
    experienced the same emotional roller coaster with a beloved furbaby. Thank you so much for allowing us to
    in to give support and at the same time receive validation for our intense love for our furry children.

  • Janiss Friday, 21 December 2012

    Keep Eating, Homer!

    I am so glad to hear Homer is eating again! I am sending lots of good thoughts his - and your - way! You and Homer are in my thoughts, and Sparkle's purrs.

  • Caroline S Friday, 21 December 2012

    So glad for an update..

    All I can say is "ditto to all the previous comments!".. keep up the good work Gwen.

  • Katja Friday, 21 December 2012


    We love you!!! Please keep on!!! We love you! And we hope everything will be fine!

  • Julie Burns Friday, 21 December 2012

    Gwen: So glad to hear he is eating again. Caring for these older guys can be challenging! I woke up to my 18 1/2 year old male peeing on his blanket in our bed (?) I guess he gets confused at times. Oh well, it was that time of week to wash the sheets anyway. Thank God for Nature's Miracle spray to get rid of the odor! I will keep you all in my prayers. What a sweet picture. They feel safe and comfortable when they are near their humans who love them so much.

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