An Update on Homer

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So we just got Homer's blood-test results back.  According to the numbers, he should be dead already.  At the very least, he should be so close to death that he doesn't have the energy to eat or move.  The doctor told me that she has no medical explanation for how a cat in Homer's condition held off three people yesterday until he was sedated.
It may not be medical, but I have an explanation: My little boy is tough as nails.  Twice as tough as the toughest cat that ever lived.  Always has been.  There are people who meet Homer, and see how playful he is, and how little, and how blind, and they don't believe that this skinny, friendly, blind little cat once chased a full-grown man right out of my apartment when he broke in in the middle of the night.  But now, by God, there are at least three people who work at our veterinary hospital who'd swear on a stack of bibles that they believe it--wholeheartedly.
Right now, as I write this, Homer is chasing one of his favorite toys around the living room, having just polished off half a chicken breast I brought home for lunch--and LOUDLY demanding more.  Normally the vet would want to hospitalize him, see if they can stabilize him, and run some more tests.  We still don't know exactly what's wrong with him--he might have liver disease or colon/intestinal-tract growths or cancer, or some combination of all three, or something else altogether.  But they don't think they can hospitalize him, because they don't think (and I agree) that he would let them treat him.  They can't keep him sedated all the time.
The one thing we do know is that he's having liver issues, so they're giving me some medication for his liver, and we'll see where that takes us.  "It's available in a liquid or chewable tablet," the vet told me.  "Which would you prefer?  And what flavors does he like?"
"I'll take the liquid and the chewables," I answered.  "And I want them in every flavor they make.  We're going to keep going until we find something this cat likes."
I have always loved and admired this cat.  I've always loved and admired him so much that I didn't think I was physically capable of loving or admiring anyone or anything more.  And yet, right now in this moment, my love and admiration of him have increased tenfold.  That, perhaps, is the greatest gift Homer has brought into my life--just when I think I know what my limits are, he helps me find greater heights and deeper strength.
I may be the author of Homer's life story, but this cat is determined to be the author of his own fate.  His clock's not running out until he wants it to.  And whether that's tomorrow or next month or five years from now, I'll be with him fighting by his side every inch of the way.  I won't keep him here one second longer than he wants to be, but I'm not giving up on him either until he lets me know that he's ready to go.  On his own time, and on his own terms.
It is my honor, it is my extraordinary privilege, to be the human he chose.



  • Richard Newhouse Sunday, 09 December 2012

    Loving Cat mom

    Gwen you are a loving cat mom and I am sure Homer will be around as long as he can because of you and Laurence's love. We certainly will keep him in our prayers. Homer kind of reminds me of my cat Tiger who has passed on she had cancer but was a real fighter and we didn't put her to sleep until she became paralyzed. She used to like to ride on my shoulder I miss her but have my good memories of her from pictures.

  • Bill Mc Sunday, 09 December 2012


    Checking in once a week or so; that will teach me. Kinda speechless at the moment but I will say I send you my prayers and best wishes. God bless you all. Especially you Homer. Time to go hug my "kids" now too.

  • Gladys McKay Sunday, 09 December 2012

    Gwen and Homer

    Gwen, you are right about Homer, he's going to do it his way in his own time. This is this first time I've heard about you and Homer, I have a lot of reading to do to get caught up. Thank you for your Facebook posts, I am looking forward to checking in on Homer from now on.

  • Sharon Rogers with; Cabo Penelope, Bailey Alexander and Nigel B.H. Taylor ♥ Sunday, 09 December 2012

    I'm Always in Tears...

    I fing\d yourwrittings ALL of them so touching and real. As a cat lover myself, I can relate to SO much you're saying. I have a special kittie, Nigel. He has a head injury. When he was just 2 weeks old, he was being transported from one place to another in a cardboard box that slammed into the corner of a counter really hard thus hitting his tiny kitten head..He is quite skittish, jumpy,doesn't follow a laser pointer like my other two.. .But He is ALWAYS PURRING! When he eats- Sleeps- does his 'business'(REALLY) Walking- laying down-did I mention eating?!!?? And LOVE!! So much love-cuddles-kisses... As Forest Gumpp said; "He may not be a smart man,but he knows what love is." God Love and Bless you both ALWAYS.. You BOTH are an inspiration..

  • Francine Bastet Monday, 10 December 2012

    We Love You, Homer!

    Sending healing energy, prayers, and love your way! xoxoxoxoxo

  • Kristen Monday, 10 December 2012

    Thoughts and Prayers

    Hi, Gwen, even though I haven't been in touch I have been following your blog and facebook every day and my thoughts and prayers are with you and Laurence and your fur family for a speedy recovery for Homer. So many of us have come together around Homer that I don't believe God is ready to take him just yet. I think about you guys every day and remember you in my daily prayers. I know you can't have a "happy" holiday season when you are so worried about Homer but I hope serenity at least finds you and you are able to celebrate the spirit of Hanukah and find some peace in knowing how many of us love you guys and are praying for you.

  • Sallee Monday, 10 December 2012

    Dearest Homer and Mom Gwen

    Since I read his story, I've been following you and when I saw your post on facebook this morning that he was progressing, I was mad at myself for being busy this weekend and missing out on the fact he was sick. I am keeping you all in my prayers, and hoping that fiesty guy stays fiesty a good long while. Home is such an INSPIRATION!

  • Kumo Monday, 10 December 2012

    Love: the X factor in healing

    Dear Gwen and Homer,
    Awe inspiring, the love, respect, gratitude and devotion you both have for each other. Thank you, Gwen, for so eloquently sharing with us the depth and power of your relationship with this real life hero.Thank you for having the eyes and heart to recognize Homer for who he is.

    This love you both share is a powerful healing presence. All creatures(and organs!)respond to love. ***Placing your LOVING HANDS on Homer's body and telling Homer (and his LIVER) how much you Love them can boost their power to heal.*** Actually, you can tell all his organs that you LOVE them, and invite them all to heal.
    Wishing you and Homer continually expanding love,

  • Dorian @ Your Daily Cute Monday, 10 December 2012

    Dear Homer...

    Hi Homer! (Pimp and Moo say hi, too!)

    First, I hope your mom gave you the other half of the chicken after you demanded it. ;) I'd sneak you some, but it would probably be bad by the time I mailed it from Florida!

    Next, you keep making up your own rules! Silly kitty. Don't let those doctors tell you that you should feel sick. If you want to play, play goshdarnit! And if you want to rest, rest. And if you want more chicken, eat more chicken! Soak up all the attention you can (but try not to take out too many vet techs doing it, ok?)

    Keep up the good work surprising that vet! We'll be cheering you on.

  • gia athey Monday, 10 December 2012

    Sweet little Homer

    Dear Gwen,
    I'm so sorry for what you are going through now. I just wanted to write to let you know I'm thinking of you & Homer and your other sugar bears. Bless you hearts, give Homer a big kiss and the other kittys all kisses from me too.Peace be with you and have a lovely day!

  • gia athey Monday, 10 December 2012

    sweet little Homer

    Dear Gwen,
    I'm so sorry for what you're going through now. I just wanted to write to let you know I'm thinking of you & Homer and your other sugar bears. Bless your hearts, give Homer a big kiss and the other kittys all kisses from me too. Peace be with you and have a lovely day! Love to you all...

  • gia athey Monday, 10 December 2012

    precious little Homer

    Dear Gwen, I'm sorry for what you are going through. I just wanted to let you know I'm thinking and praying for You & Homer and all your other sugar bears. Give Homer a big kiss from me and the other little kittys. Peace be with you and have a lovely day. Love to you all...

  • Kathleen Monday, 10 December 2012

    Sending Love and Prayers

    My Dearest Homer and Gwen:
    I love you both so very much and don't know where to begin. I'm so sad and crying while reading your blog, however, know first hand why you should never give up. I have a 13 year old cat named Cece. In 2006, she was diagnosed with lymphoma, had a tumor removed from her intestines with a subsequent round of chemotherapy. Like you Gwen, there is nothing I wouldn't do for one of my "children." After all her treatments, I was told that her life expectancy was only for another three to six months. Well, it's almost seven years later and she is still with me. Cece is a fighter, just like Homer. I watch her very closely as I would never want her to be in the slightest amount of pain. She has her bad days but they are few and far between and I'm always so grateful when she's back to her self again. She eats, plays, talks and remains very social. She does sleep more but only as much as her 13 year old "sister" who is in perfect health. I provide her with a stress-free environment along with all her wishes and lots of love which I truly believe contribute to her longevity. A very good friend of mine is a former vet and has told me that just because doctors have the initials "M.D." behind their name, doesn't mean they know everything. There are furbabies proving statistics wrong every day. I will continue with prayers and love for both of you. (((HUGS))) and love always.

  • Kim Cabrera Monday, 10 December 2012

    Sending prayers

    My kitty had liver problems about 8 years ago. Her liver just seemed to shut down. She would not eat on her own. The vet gave me some high protein food in a tube and I fed her that for two weeks. She finally came around and is fine now. No more problems in the past 8 years. So, some liver issues can be survived. I am praying that Homer starts to feel better and better. It's a good sign that he's eating on his own. If you have to give sub-q fluids, most cats tolerate it well. Best to you and Homer!

  • Gini Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Oh Homer

    We love you so much

  • Debby Montague Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    So sorry to learn that Homer has been having tough times, but so very glad to see that he's doing better today. My two old boys, Bert & Ernie, are 17 years old, both suffering kidney failure. Sometimes I hate to leave them to go to work or go to bed, but other days they scamper around like kittens. And now you and Homer have raised my spirits, Gwen. Thank you, for your book, your blog, and your sharing.

  • Cat Tee Mission Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    OMG. I'm so sad to read this, as beautifully written as it is. Homer and Gwen, you are both an inspiration for cats and their people all over the world! If your relationship isn't true love, then I don't know what is!

  • Laura Carter Tuesday, 08 January 2013

    Bravo Homer!

    Those last two paragraphs, Gwen, sum up what you do when you have a kitty like Homer. You fight WITH him and FOR him, and I do the same for my guys. What a wonderful kitty - and what a wonderful cat mom you are. Hang in there both of you!!! Isn't it wonderful what our pets teach us, and how they show us we CAN go further because they certainly can.

    Love you lots,
    Laura & Morticia

  • John Crick Monday, 14 January 2013

    Thanks Gwen and Homer

    A year ago i bought Homers book for my daughter ( she being 36 at the time) she read it in one afternoon couldn't get a peep out of her. When she had finished it i read it (3) times. It put a different perspective to my own life. It inspired me and it really changed my life. My prayers and heart goes out you to Homer. When the time comes my dear Homer you will be sadly missed all over the world.

  • Deanna Williamson Saturday, 31 August 2013

    Loving Thoughts of Homer to Gwen and Laurence

    A world of thanks to you for opening your heart and life to a very special little black kitten who needed lots of love. Your tender and thoughtful care enabled Homer to become all that he was, a DYNAMIC and HAPPY cat. His story is a classic and will continue to be dear to all cat lovers the world over. Thanks to Laurence for marrying you and your cats and being such a positive constant presence in your lives (with a package of sliced turkey now and then). May this bit of prose bring you a little comfort.
    "Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so...'twas Heaven here with you." Author Isla Paschal Richardson

    You are held dear in my heart for all you are and have done. Pets to Clayton and Fanny.

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