Day Five, Still Alive!

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We're now heading into the fifth day since we first learned how ill Homer is.  I'm pleased to report that Homer is very much still alive and kicking, and right this second sitting in front of me and LOUDLY demanding the rest of his breakfast!

His appetite hasn't flagged at all, which is a good thing for many reasons, but especially because it's impossible to get medicine into Homer any other way than disguising it in his food.  He won't even touch medicine that's been compounded into something cats should find appetizing.  And Homer is also a master at detecting even the smallest pill crushed into an entire can of food.

So we've had to get creative.  What seems to be working for now is mixing half a can of the stinkiest, cheapest cat food out there (and I really, really hate giving him something so unhealthy--but he's limiting my options!) with the medicine, stinky cheese (the kind that's so stinky that even when it's wrapped up, the second you open the refrigerator your whole apartment smells like something died and cats come running from every corner), some thin-sliced deli turkey, and a few Pounces thrown in as fun little "surprises" for Homer to find as he eats his way to the bottom of the bowl.  

It took a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of trial and error before we finally hit upon this concoction--but, as you can see, the only critic who matters heartily approves of the results!



I think Homer's getting better--a bit more energetic, a bit more alert--but it's tough to know for sure since he was never in the deathly shape they were telling me he should have been in in the first place.  It's hard to know whether a 15-year-old cat is as playful and active as he "should" be.

Right now we're happy he's eating with such enthusiasm (and getting his meds in the process).  I keep reminding myself that this is a process, and we have to take things one day at a time...




  • Ruthann Panipinto Monday, 10 December 2012

    re: Homer

    Hang in there Gwen! Thank Goodness he is eating. That this time it doesn't matter what he's eating as long as he is eating. AND getting his meds at the same time. You have a lot of folks rooting for you and Homer's a fighter so have faith in him and in Good.

  • Joyce Kisner Monday, 10 December 2012

    Happy for Homer

    Way to go Homer, you keep up the spirit and prove all the Dr's wrong. on friday i take my 15 year old Sarah to a specialty clinic to see why she is having blood in her urine. hoping for the best. maybe we can say a prayer for each other. Prayers for you Homer and enjoy the holidays.

  • Rachel Monday, 10 December 2012

    great news!

    Glad to hear Homer is doing well. He's a tough cookie, and so are you.

  • Pat Roller Monday, 10 December 2012

    Our Brave Homer

    Sooooooooo glad to read that Homer is still eating and getting his meds. THat should help give him the energy his little body needs to heal. Prayers continue your way. How are the other kitties doing with all of this? Hang in there and try to keep your spirits up, as I am sure Homer knows when your are "down."

  • Cheryl McCready Monday, 10 December 2012

    My Binky lived to be 21 and should have been dead at 18, she honestly looked like road kill, she quit eating and I syringe fed her warmed up baby food for a few weeks and then she suddenly seemed to come alive again! Baby food is very high in calories and easy to force feed, I deluted it with some warm was enough to sustain her and give her energy to stay alive, until she decided she wanted to live. Homer is a tough guy I am praying that he still has quite a few years left in him, what ever he will eat give it to him!

  • Elizabeth Monday, 10 December 2012

    food for Homer

    Gwen, one of the things my cats like best is all-meat baby food, like Gerbers. Not the ones with vegetables strained in, but pure turkey or chicken.

    Best and warmest wishes to you and Homer!

  • andi Monday, 10 December 2012

    that is a great suggestion, my cats all love them especially when they were sick, make sure you get the small Gerber jars that all have two ingredients- the chicken(turkey, etc) and water.

  • Robin Fales Monday, 10 December 2012

    Thank You Gwen for sharing your beloved Homer with us, through good and bad, we love him and all of you. Healing light and energy sent for all.

  • Karen Monday, 10 December 2012

    Hooray for Homer

    Homer, so happy to hear that you are chowing down! I know your mom is thrilled too. I think it's a good idea with you continue to prove the vets wrong. Make sure you take lots of naps by the heater and on mom's lap. Keep feeling better, buddy! You have a following of thousands of people around the world pulling for you.

  • Verna Spier Monday, 10 December 2012


    The stinkier the food the better and some horrible cheese wiz does the trick. It's hard to give them such junk, but if the meds go down so be it. Gwen you two are incredible parents. I think Homer still has some surprises for you. What a boy!

    Head butts and kisses

  • Mindy Monday, 10 December 2012


    That Homer is still eating is the greatest thing that he could be doing. So happy he is still here and is happy!

  • Don J. Shaw Monday, 10 December 2012

    It warms my heart to hear how good Homer is doing. You cannot deny that he is the very definition of a fighter. So glad that you were able to find a clever way to disguise his medicine. As the owner of another cat who can detect a pill or liquid drop from a mile away, I know all too well how frustrating it is to find the correct 'formula'. Wishing Homer all the best!

  • Loretta Robertson Monday, 10 December 2012

    Thank you Gwen & Homer

    It is so hard to believe Homer is 15 yrs old since I only met him last year. Gwen, you have such a gift of transforming words into beautifully descriptive passages that make me feel like I am right there with you & Homer. Even after he goes on to the next stage of his journey, his legacy will live on and inspire others through you and your writing, just as he has done while here in physical form with us. Thank you for sharing him with the world.

  • Diana de Avila Monday, 10 December 2012

    Go Homer

    Homer has been such an inspiration to so many people. Sending prayers and hope for a nice recovery and quality of life for the little guy. What a trooper.

  • Miriam Solis Monday, 10 December 2012

    Way to carry on and be strong Homer!

  • gloria lovel brewster Monday, 10 December 2012

    Still sending love and hope to you and Homer and the rest of the family.

  • Deb and her Boo and Oakley Monday, 10 December 2012

    be well little one...sending purrs from Canada

  • Marie Monday, 10 December 2012

    The best news!

    Homer will baffle them all. I've had two cat medical miracles this year, and wondering if there would be a third. Maybe Homer is it. Our family sends love to your family! Keep it up, sweetheart!

  • Connie Monday, 10 December 2012


    Good for you Homer, you show them all! Many purrs for him and you as you go through this. Wishing and praying for the best possible outcome

  • Doris Nash Monday, 10 December 2012

    Hooray for Homer!

    Way to go, Big Guy! Doctors just know the body--the spirit is a mystery, and yours is so big and strong, that we are all in total awe of you! Bless you, bless your Mom, Dad, and furry siblings!

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