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...





  • Val Jeglum Friday, 21 December 2012


    I'm so happy you are eating, I love the picture. My black cat Pilgrim used to lay across my wrists. I learned to type with whatever finger was close. He has passed on, but my "do not move your wrists" typing style has remained. Keep on getting better. Gwen, you are the best. I thinkl you could write a new book on giving meds to a cat what with all the suggestions you have received here. Hugs to you both. Thank you for sharing Homer with all of us.

  • Debi Boersma Friday, 21 December 2012


    So glad to hear he's eating again. That can be so scary when they don't want to eat! There's something about Kitten Chow, though. My cats love it! My cats are also very interested whenever I'm on the computer, so the picture of Homer looks very familiar to me. Here's to Homer getting better everyday!

  • Pam, Hemingway and Shakespeare Friday, 21 December 2012

    We Love Homer

    We're so glad that Homer is eating again. It's so stressful on us humans when those fur people won't eat. May this Christmas be a very special one for you, Gwen! Give Homer lots of hugs for us.

  • Nancy Fortner Friday, 21 December 2012

    Emergency cat food-Lotus

    I was delighted to read your post about Homer today. Wanted to suggest one more food idea-there is a new brand of dry food called Lotus brand. Apparently, they bake the food, rather than "extruding" it (whatever that means), which results in more flavor. I lost my black kitty Thelma to lymphoma earlier this year, but after I'd tried everything else, she went nuts over this food, as did my other 4 cats.

  • Lenai Waite Friday, 21 December 2012

    My Sweet Homer

    Homer, please continue to eat! I love you sooooo much!

  • kathleen fairbrother Friday, 21 December 2012

    so worried

    Oh what a relief. We were afraid no news was bad news. And I loved the picture, as one of our cats (we have 5) sits on my lap when I'm at the computer and "kneeds" me (ooh, nails need to be cut!) Your little guy will ALWAYS be in my heart no matter what happens, but I have great hope that he will rally just as our oldest (now 16) did last year. We returned from a Christmas trip and she was skin and bones. Housesitter didn't notice(!?) that she wasn't eating. When we took her to the vet and after many tests we were told she had advanced stage kidney failure and the outlook was grim (maybe a couple of months of life). We just wouldn't accept that diagnosis. We tried EVERYTHING to get her to eat and I read everything I could on the internet and started her on TRIPSY. I put just a tiny bit of canned KD(from the vet), a spoonful of water and 2 or 3 drops of TRIPSY and held it under her nose. Now a year later she's plump and happy and still runs and plays, eats her dry food with no prompting but . . . she insists that we hold her dish right under nose to start eating her canned food! When I was a little girl we got a kitten and it lived for 27 years. I think a cat as incomparable as Homer needs to be around much, much longer. We all need him!

  • Jean Friday, 21 December 2012

    I'm glad that Homer is eating. I think we all know how heartbreaking it is to watch our furbabies that do not feel well and will not eat. I have tried everything for mine over the years and am thrilled when they will just take a bite. I have 5 black furbabies and they are all loved so very much. Thank you for letting us know how Homer is doing and I'm sending him lots of love and hugs.

  • Kira Lis Friday, 21 December 2012

    Thanks for the update

    Like many others here, I am grateful that Homer is eating and so happy that you posted to let us know. Homer and you have a huge fan base and lots of people and kitties who are pulling for him.

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  • Agnes Newcomer Friday, 21 December 2012


    Antibiotics often cause loss of appetite, and even upset tummies. Maybe the vet could change the anitbiotic or maybe lower the dose, or even take him off of it. Be careful about mixing the antibiotics with the kitten chow, or Homer might reject the last food that he is willing to eat.
    I love the photo. That loving cuddle is the most important thing, both for Homer and for you. When my sweet Sophie (18 years) was getting older she had one close call after another, and the vet always had remedies, and I always pulled her through. In retrospect, I realize that I was being selfish, because I couldn't bear to lose her. I wish I would respected her likes and dislikes, without coaxing her to take her meds. She probably have left me sooner; but Sophie wouldn't have suffered as much in the long run. Listen to your heart when you have a decision. I'm sending a hug to Homer and to you, Gwin.

  • Lizbeth Wren Friday, 21 December 2012

    Mr. Homer

    Thank goodness he's eating again! May you & your family & Mr. Homer & the kittens be blessed & watched over!

  • Maria McKee Friday, 21 December 2012


    What a touching photo.....cats are so sensitive to need, be it theirs or ours.

  • sandra Friday, 21 December 2012

    chow with a little warm water or mosit cat food

    One of my cats has been thru a few rough surgeries and what he enjoys best when recovering from illness is cat/kitten show mixed with a small amount of water or one of the gooey gravy cat foods like royal canin...but don't leave the moist with chow too long as it could take on bacteria...oh Homer my cats send you all the love and purrs. stay strong sweet little guy and get well soon.

  • Sallee Friday, 21 December 2012

    What a Lovebug

    Gwen, I will be thinking of you all. I'm glad he's eating again. Is there any way his meds could be compounded into a cream for his ears - to rub into them? He might be persuaded to think you're just giving him a new type of loving...

  • Carla Friday, 21 December 2012

    Good Boy Homer!

    Eating is good! Gwen, he loves you so much...I am crying every time I read your updates...You scared me when there wasnt one! I know what it is like...to have a baby who is older, and not well. Prayers for you all, and love for you from me, and Flynn...and even Wiz.:)

  • Pam Gretsinger Friday, 21 December 2012

    Glad too!

    Oh Gwen, Homer, and i'll include the rest of the gang too! I know just how tough it is! I've been down this and keeping the tears back is difficult to do, even when it is not your own.
    I have been praying and know that everyday is precious, i am delighted to see that he is sitting with you and not looking for an isolated spot. He has a really special bond with you and i think that is great! My heart goes out to you as you struggle to get him to eat. Our Vampy went off and on waxing and waning, and the good days were great and the bad - not so great. We will keep good thoughts thru the holidays and as long as can possibly be.

  • Alexis Friday, 21 December 2012


    Oh my gosh!! I am so happy for an update!! I had a pit in my stomach everytime I checked for an update!!! I 100% know how you feel. I lost 2 of by fur-kids within 1.5 months of each other and it was unbearable. You feel so helpless when they are sick! You are an awesome mom; Gwen!!! I love you Homer!!!

  • Katie Friday, 21 December 2012

    Homer-keep on eating!

    So happy to hear Homer is eating again. There is nothing like those kitten-hood comfort foods! Have been thinking of all of you and wondering how things were going. You will be in our thoughts. Purrs to everyone!

  • Theresa Friday, 21 December 2012

    So happy to hear that Homer is O.K. I like everyone else have been checking facebook just hoping for good news and we got it!!! Just keep up the good work and I am sure Homer will be doing much better every day!!!

  • Patty Murphy-Medlin Friday, 21 December 2012

    Our Homer Bear

    Awwww everyone likes to be babied sometimes. I love the kitten chow idea! Whatever it takes...keep eating sweetie... we love you!

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