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!

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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...

 

 

Comments

  • Sally Tsylor Monday, 10 December 2012

    Yea for Homer !! and Gwen too for being so creative and persistent. Hope Homer continues to do well.

  • Sandy Mester Monday, 10 December 2012

    So glad Homer bear is eating and feeling better! I know what you mean about not wanting to give him the nasty food. I mentioned before about my Sammi bear had some alarming high numbers during her last visit to the vet in Aug and my vet made me put her on the prescription Hills brand for kidney issues. I prefer the minimal ingredient type of pet food so I was kicking and screaming about this change however, I have decided this is the best solution for her now and hope her blood work is better next time. I bow down to you Gwen for coming up with that mish-mash of food for him! haha!! The important thing is that he is eating and getting medication. Go Homer! thanks for the update!

  • Margaret W. Monday, 10 December 2012

    Keeping Homer and all of you in my prayers. Our cat Gracie had kittens in June and developed Acute Septic Mastitis (her milk was bad) when the kittens were 3 weeks old. She was at the vet for over a week and the vet said they almost lost her 3 times. We had to nurse 8 kittens until she got home. Unfortunately the two boys had a genetic disorder and we lost our Fidget first just after we got Gracie home and then lost Gizmo at 7 weeks. All the girls are still doing great. The vet was never exactly sure what it was, but since the girls were not affected, he felt it was limited to the males.
    It is hard to believe that Homer is 15. Our oldest is 18 and we know eventually the day will come and she will no longer be with us. She is not really active, but she is still with us.

  • Stephanie Monday, 10 December 2012

    Good luck, Homer

    Would he tolerate an esophageal feeding tube? It made a big difference for my cat, not only in feeding her when she didn't feel like eating, but it made giving meds no problem whatsoever because she wasn't be able to taste them.

  • Barbara Monday, 10 December 2012

    You go Homer!I sent you a distance Reiki treatment to keep you going strong!

  • Sparkle Monday, 10 December 2012

    So Far, VERY Good!

    I am so happy that Homer is continuing to do well. That is quite a creative concoction you came up with! I am sending lots of purrs his way so that he continues to be happy and active!

  • Jari Georgia Monday, 10 December 2012

    So happy...

    I'm so happy to read that Homer is still eating and playing -- he is such a wonder boy...with all his fans sending good thoughts his way, hopefully he will continue to improve. Go Homer -- Wonder Cat!

  • Linda Gross Monday, 10 December 2012

    Lita Radford Homeopathic Consultations

    Gwen,
    This Lady is wonderful. She helped FIV+ Cheeto live for 2 more years when I was ready to give up. Check out her website:
    http://www.pets4homeopathy.com/consult.html
    She also has Facebook page: Paws Rule Clinton, NC
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paws-Rule-Clinton-NC/147201178731344

  • Nik Dalton Monday, 10 December 2012

    Thinking of you all...

    Wow, he's such a little trooper. It's almost like he's oblivious to the fact that he's ill. Know how it goes trying to disguise the medicine. I've yet to meet a cat who couldn't sniff out meds and promptly turn up their nose at it!

  • Cathy Horan Monday, 10 December 2012

    What great news! (or should I say 'mews')

    Yay Homer! Well Gwen just try to sneak some 'good' (i.e., healthful) food in w/the cheap stinky stuff and he'll be fine!

  • Michelle Monday, 10 December 2012

    Best wishes for Homer's health!

    Hi Gwen, I wanted to see if you had a website, only to discover that Homer was ill. It's hard when our little fuzzy children are sick - I lost my beloved Mo when he was 16 three years ago...and I still miss him! I have a (mostly) blind black cat, also named Homer, so I was especially interested in your Homer's adventures. I love your book and I'm impressed with the strength and passion with which Homer lives his life. He will let you know when it is time for him to go, but it's seems that he will be himself until that time! Enjoy the moments you have left with him, whether it be a short or long time! Happy Holidays to you and the family, human and fuzzy!

  • CindyZ Monday, 10 December 2012

    Have you tried makrel? It is so, so stinky. Huge can too. In the tuna section. I don't know whay any human would eat it. But comes in handy for kitties.

  • Eric Monday, 10 December 2012

    Hang in there little guy

    I want to say thank you for being an inspiration. Your story has touched me like no other. You are a very special little boy. Get better please, getting to give you a pet is on my bucket list.

  • Juliane Monday, 10 December 2012

    Keep it up Buddy!

    Keep eating and staying strong Homer! We're pulling for you!

  • Sherry Monday, 10 December 2012

    Something for Homer

    Gwen, sent Homer a private message on Homer Blind WonderCat and Homer's Odyssey. Hope he receives them. I have something for him.

  • Dawn Eddleman Monday, 10 December 2012

    You go, Homer!

    Sophie and I are still saying prayers for you. I'm glad to hear that you are doing better. I think that's Bcuz you have always had such a bright outlook on life. Keep it up! You're so awesome!

  • Pam Monday, 10 December 2012

    Thankful

    I am thankful that you love your Homer so very much and that you and Laurence have been life to him. I hear the hurt and pain of knowing the inevitable that will eventually come, but you will all know the time, including Homer. But for now, enjoy every bit of this rebound, know for he is strong and will go as long as he can. Happy Hanukkah! More blessing to come, more prayers to be answered! God bless you all! He has you all in His hand!

  • Debbie Stroud Monday, 10 December 2012

    Good for you Homer

    Gwen, it's so good to hear that Homer is doing well. I know how much Homer means to you - he means so much to all of us! I pray for continued improvement and return to health. Happy Holidays to your whole family!!

  • Patricia Ducharme Monday, 10 December 2012

    ((((HUGS))))

    Gwen, I've followed your journey with your brave boy Homer from the start, and knowing the love you have for him and his siblings, I believe that your positive energy is what keeps your family going and growing . But sometimes Mom needs a hug too!!!

  • Kathleen Monday, 10 December 2012

    My kitties also liked Gerber baby food. Ham was always a favorite when they're not feeling well. Continuing with prayers and lots of love for both of you.

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