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...





  • Laura Horseman Friday, 21 December 2012

    Go Homer and Gwen

    Gwen, my black boy loves to put his head in my hand too. I just want to remind you to take care of yourself. My cat, Woody started vomiting blood on Dec 1 and was subsequently diagnosed with GI Lymphoma. Two weeks later I got shingles and my blood pressure is bad. I had his chemo compounded into chewies which he ate 3 times and now won't touch it. I also have to give him predisone and pepcid every day and it is a battle. Just keep trying different things and fighting the fight. I am reading your book for the 5th time now. We love you!

  • Connie Friday, 21 December 2012


    paws crossed that Homer continues to outwit you with the medication for many years to come.. purrs for his continued well being and healing.

  • Mia pinto Friday, 21 December 2012

    Ask your vet about transdermal Meds

    Cats and pills - ugh. I have 4 cats - one is 16 and came from under a porch I the rockaways. He was the last kitten caught and he showed his thanks by immediately biting the vet. He was subsequently named Joey the Tooth. Joey has hyperthyroid and the idea of a pill a day for the rest of his life was daunting. My vet has the medicine compounded into a transdermal that I rub on the inside of his ears. Not all Meds can be given this way but its certainly worth asking about. I wish you and homer and all his cat siblings a peaceful new year

  • Pat Christian Friday, 21 December 2012

    Thanks Gwen for the update; I've been checking every night this week for the latest news. When there wasn't one the last few days, I offered extra prayers for both you and Homer, suspecting no news might mean bad news. Glad to hear you've not exhausted all avenues yet for getting Homer to eat. I'm sure you'll sort out how to minister his meds. I think Homer needs your touch if his senses are more heightened than usual due to his condition. That sensory experience is probably his way of acknowledging his appreciation for caring for him and a means of comfort for him since he's not his usual self. I'm sure his need calms and comforts you in turn. This mutual interchange has to have a positive healing effect for both of you, don't you think?

  • Pat Roller Friday, 21 December 2012

    Sooo good to hear about Homer

    I have been very worried about Homer and am so glad to have an update. I have grown to love both Homer and his Mom, as you have made him so real to me and have endeared yourself to me as well. Keep it up "our little fellow!" Christmas kisses and purrs from me and my 3 kitties.

  • Janette Kavanaugh Friday, 21 December 2012

    Homer Bear

    Gwen, I love the picture of Homer resting his head on your arm. . . where he can be close to his person. He is such a sweet boy. My Little Bit puts her head in my hand at night when she goes to sleep. I know how scary it is when a sick cat starts refusing food. Here is an idea that worked for my brother when one of his cats refused food. The vet told him to cook chicken with a lot of garlic and that worked. He cut it up very fine and mixed with the broth and he would eat that if nothing else. If Homer likes it you might put it in with the Kitten Chow. I can't tell you how worried I was when we didn't hear from you. My imagination was going rampant. Please, even when he isn't doing well, let us know so we can increase the prayer power for both you and him. Hang in there, both of you. Sending love your way. XXXOOO

  • Marie Di Giuro Saturday, 22 December 2012

    I'm so happy Homer is eating and helping you with your blog. Much love to you...with purrs and smoochies from C.J. the Panther Queen.

  • Mary omalley Saturday, 22 December 2012


    So good to hear homer is still hanging on. I was holding my breath when I opened your page! Lots of love from Italy

  • Stephen Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Such a precious cat

    Gwen, my cat Leo does the very same thing. To see this picture is just further proof of knowing that this wonderful cat is so very happy that he chose you to take care of him. And you know Gwen, he is taking care of you too. God bless you Homer!!!

  • Faye Saturday, 22 December 2012

    YAY!!! Glad to read Homer is eating. He is a fighter, and we know he will get better!! Sending Prayers and Purrs from me and The New Orleans Kitties!!! And mine also put their heads in my hand when they are not feeling well, nothing makes a kitty feel better than being close to their Mama.

  • KIWI THE SHELTER KITTY! Saturday, 22 December 2012


    What terrific news from a terrific cat! Da elder kittehs are as sly as dey come, and Homer can still knock out three vet techs in one round.

    Kitten food is rich in fat, which smells terrific. *drools* Da adult kittehs will pirate it over der own food when dey get a chance.

  • Loretta Robertson Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Rest your head

    Prayers for you Gwen as you continue to give Homer comfort and strength during this difficult time. Even though he can't talk, you are the one he communicates with. Thank you for the update and the photo of him with his head on your hand; there is so much love in that picture it brings tears to my eyes.

  • Julie M. Engler Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Your Love Will Save Him

    So glad to hear Homer is still hanging on and is now eating again. I can relate because we are having trouble getting Narnia (the one who almost died last year after having her shots and was left delicate and finicky) to eat. She has acne on her chin and it hurts, and we think it is uncomfortable for her to eat. Right now we are in the same boat you are: trying out different foods and combinations to see of we can get her to eat so we can give her the supplement the vet gave her. We also had a scare with 16-year-old Bastet. She has been using the recliner as a litterbox for a couple of weeks, and will not move from it. At the beginnning of this week she seemed so lethargic we took her to the clinic. All tests were fine for a cat her age. The vet said it's a combination of old age and her reaction to the 3 boisterous and super-active kittens, especially Aslan, who is a humongous purrson with a tail longer than a lemur's and is growing up to be a feline delinquent. On top of this I have been extremely ill with Diverticulitis and because of my years (73) the recovery seems to be going slow. We will have a quiet Christmas since it's only the three of us (plus the cats) and we have no friends or family here. For you, however, we wish you a PURRFECT Christmas with the many friends and family you have been so blessed with. And also I hope the weather behaves itself, that is important too, because I think tyhe weather affects the furries' moods. A warm holiday hug to you and Lawrence, Homer, Fanny, and Clayton!!!

  • Keith A Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Yaaay Homer

    Since they eat with their noses, as they age, their sense of smell changes. Try (if not already), heat the food up just a little. That will change the aroma for Homer. Loved your first book.....Keith & Mary. (We have 5 rescue cats to date)

  • Cathy Horan Saturday, 22 December 2012

    SO HAPPY to hear the good news!

    I agree -- if a cat can (& will) eat, all other things will be better!

  • Gloria Caballero Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Salutations From The Border!

    glad 2 c in this pic that ur secretary is keepin up with her secretarial duties as well as bein ur head rester at the same time! Proves the point that some of r humans can multi task!!- Keep up the good work Gwen and Homer give ur human a raise! Chao, Phantom

  • Kumo Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Whew! Homer's OK!

    Dear Gwen,
    We've been holding our hearts hoping Homer was OK.
    Most of your attention must be going for HIM. Thank you for the update.
    Does Homer really need anti-biotics? They can be rough on the digestive system.
    If he has a virus, L-Lysine powder works better. If anti-biotics are necessary, we have a couple of really tasty ones here in Europe, such as: Clavubacin.
    But FOOD and LOVE, CUDDLES and TENDER WORDS are also great healers, perhaps the greatest healers. And ofcourse, all our prayers.
    Our family wishes your family a HEALING, HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON. And we wish Homer
    many, many healthy years ahead to enjoy all the people, cats and things he loves!
    Eat up, little guy, millions of people and cats LOVE YOU.
    Good luck to you all,

  • Julia Maxwell Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Homer Updates

    Thank you for the updates. I know that we strangers can become very demanding when it comes to news about Homer, especially when a lot of what you are going through is close and personal. Just know that any bit of news you share is appreciated. Thoughts , prayers and purrs are always with you and yours. Homer belongs to you , but you gave his story to the world and now we hold a little of Homer and his family in our hearts as well.
    Best to you ,Laurence,Homer,Fanny and Clayton from me and Cleo,Kramer and Caesar.

  • April Crawford Saturday, 22 December 2012

    *Hugs & Luvs*

    My heart is breaking for you Gwen.I am happy he is eating again,sometimes you have to try about everything until you find a food Homer would eat.Keeping You & Homer close to my heart XXX

  • Sandra Saturday, 22 December 2012

    Homer Bear and Gwen!!!

    Be Well...I'm sending Florida Well Wishes..You've all been through so much this past summer...Please rest...Homer Bear...Rest.....Gwen...My Gosh...you've given back so muc h to so many people...take time to rest and reflect......This most recent picture of Homer Bear lying on your hand while you're on the computer is absolutely "Priceless"...Thank-You for Sharing and Giving back to All of Us...

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