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.



  • Rhonda Friday, 07 December 2012


    Glad to read he is hanging in there. Did you say he was a bit yellow? If so maybe this site will help?

  • Cheryl and kitties Friday, 07 December 2012

    Love to you and God bless your days Homer

    With tears running down my face but a smile as well I read to Homer and all our babies who choose us...someday Homer and my PigPen will meet...PigPen also should have died long ago. He was from the rescue I work for and came to me to die in peace when the time came. That was over a year ago. He is diabetic, has IBD (really bad), pancreatitis, liver disease and his kidneys aren't that great, either. But he's not ready to go anywhere other than where he is right now. And that's fine with me! But when he's ready I will hold him, kiss him good-bye and tell him I will love him forever...and thank him for being with me and the rest of the furry babies in this furry house. Love...

  • Shannon Friday, 07 December 2012

    Nothing But the Best

    I know that you will give Homer nothing but the best, Gwen! That's what he gives you, and you take care of him the same way!! You will always do whatever needs to be done for him, and he knows that. He loves you for it. Bless you both!

  • Anna+2 furry ones Friday, 07 December 2012

    Brave little Homer

    I'm sending out my prayers for Homer too! I'm so glad that a cat and a human who deserve each other have found each other - and I hope Homer has still a long time left. Greetings to Homer and to you from Finland!

  • Vicky springer Friday, 07 December 2012

    I'm so sorry to hear that HOmer is not feeling well. You are an inspiration and your love and commitment to Homer and your other furkids are outstanding. Anyone could pick up your book and read it and comment "what a nice story", but I get it as do many others that have read Homer's Odyssey. It is such a tender heart felt story of human compassion for those hurting, unloved and unwanted little creatures. I hope he feels a lot better real soon and I hope you will be encouraged today.Praying for you.

  • Gerri Friday, 07 December 2012

    I am so hoping that this turns out to be nothing. What a fantastic spirit he is. Thank you for sharing this. Just so you know, my neighbors' cats survived to over 20 years, though they needed treatments for various ailments -- including for liver function. Their quality of life was wonderful for four or five years. I wish this for you and Homer

  • Mary Beth Friday, 07 December 2012

    Lots of Love to you Both

    I am sitting at work with tears running down my face (hope nobody walks into my office!) I know you will do right be that great and wonderful cat...I know it's so hard when you love a cat so much and he gets up their in age....I know you consider each day with him a gift. He has you, your husband, and all of us rooting for him.

  • Lise Friday, 07 December 2012


    You have written a beautiful testament to a beautiful and unique boy. You are each others strength, and are lucky to have each other. I will keep you both in my prayers

  • Simona Zanaro Friday, 07 December 2012


    Gwen, you are the Perfect human that Homer could choose. I can't think another way to follow Homer's disease. I hope everyhing will be ok. You keep by heart the whole Homer's life: Homer is an example for me. He is more human than much people. Sorry if i can't write very well in english, but I hope I explain well how I admirate your choise. A kiss to you and your husband and a special kiss to Homer.

  • erin Friday, 07 December 2012

    suggestions for liver health

    my cat had fatty liver disease a few years ago. he lost an enormous amount of weight along with 70% of his liver function. i had to force feed him special food five times a day as they can lose their appetite - which causes the body to leach nutrients from the liver - thus the liver damage and loss of function. milk thistle is a very good homeopathic drop to give to kitty either in water or food, helps with detoxing and strengthening liver function.

    my guy is now 16 and fat and healthy as a horse... the very best of luck to you and sweet Homer.

  • Caroline Snyder Saturday, 08 December 2012


    Erin, I and a couple of others have suggested Milk Thistle, and, thank God, Gwen now has it and is starting Homer on it. If anything can be deemed a miracle treatment for cats, then this is it. To everyone else, PLEASE READ THE REVIEWS .. all 87 of them .. all highly rated.. for this Milk Thistle preparation for cats because one day, you, or someone you know, will probably end up with a cat with some sort of liver problem and will be able to help them. BTW, I am a qualified nurse, a nutritionist with an especial interest in Brain Biochemistry, and am also part-trained as a Medical Herbalist.

  • Gisele Friday, 07 December 2012

    Homer's superhero avatar remains Daredevil, The Man Without Fear. He is still mucho gatto. But he is also fortunate in you. Sending virtual hugs and positive thoughts.

  • Patty Murphy-Medlin Friday, 07 December 2012

    Homer Bear, our little fighter!

    Aw dear sweet Homer. I hate that you are so sick, but I am amazed at what a strong boy you are! You keep fighting little buddy... lots of us out here love and admire you, too. Love and prayers for you, Patty and our Clowder of 6!

  • Andrea Friday, 07 December 2012

    bless Homer, I hope he is all better very soon. I just know it is NOT his time, but when it does come, he will leave this world as one of the most beloved cats in the world and what a legacy to take with him!

  • Elvia Szymanski Friday, 07 December 2012

    Eres mucho gato, Homer!

  • Betty Friday, 07 December 2012

    He's the best!!

    I agree with your mommy, you are extraordinary in every way!!
    Happy Hanukkah to you, your mommy, daddy and sis-furs!!
    Betty R.

  • Joycee Carr Friday, 07 December 2012

    I have tears in my eyes, but hope in my heart that you and your sweet Homer get through this bump, however large it is....much love to you, Gwen, and your entire family =^..^=

  • Cindy Zilke Friday, 07 December 2012

    Tough fighter

    Thank you for the update. When I first read your post yesterday on facebook (at work) I gasped. I really like Homer a lot and have a kitty similar to him (it seems) in personality. I have been thinking and praying for him and you all day and yesterday. I will continue to do so. You have a heart of Gold Gwen. You must be tough as nails also. I look forward to hearing about your progress.

  • Trudy Jewell Friday, 07 December 2012

    Prayers and Purrs for Homer

    I will be praying for you both, and sending healing thoughts your way

  • Joyce Kisner Friday, 07 December 2012

    I am so sorry Homer is ill, i cherish his book very much. i have lost 2 kittys within the past year never an easy thing to go through, my husband passed away a year ago and my kittys have been a great comfort to me, Prayers for you and Homer as you fight for his life, i don't think he will give up easy. Love you Homer, God be with you and your mom.

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