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...




  • Pat Roller Monday, 10 December 2012

    For Homer and Gwen

    I am so glad to hear that Homer is holding his own. Food is so important to give his body energy to fight. Prayers continue to wing their way to all of you. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Julie Burns Monday, 10 December 2012

    You go, Homer! Keep fighting the fight, little guy. We need to see your cute little face and hear your stories for many years to come. You are all in my prayers.

  • Kumo Monday, 10 December 2012

    11,000+ people and countless cats LOVE you, Homer

    Dear Homer,
    Did you know that YOU are in the hearts and thoughts and prayers of more than 11,000 people and countless cats? Do you know that MILLIONS who have read your inspiring story LOVE you? May all this love reach you in whatever form you most need to heal. May every time Gwen puts her loving hands on your little cat body, your great soul and every cell and molecule in your little cat body receive
    whatever you need to be restored to optimal good health.
    May your oil lamp burn brightly! May you live long and prosper!
    Your buddy across the Ocean,

  • Katie Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    He is full of surprises

    Gwen, since when has Homer listened to what he SHOULD be doing?!?! He will go down the path that is meant for him, with you right there with him. Just as it should be!

  • Becky Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Yay Homer

    You keep being such a great, tough kitty. I hope the rest of your life is long and great. Mom, you are right, just take things one day at a time and trust God. His medicine concoction seems funny, but that's what parents have to do. I hate giving my cat meds and when I put it in wet cat food, she won't eat it sometimes. Best wishes to you and your family Homer.

  • Sandra Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Get Well Homer

    Keep eating Homer Bear!!! Eat and Drink and take your medicines!!! Love you so much!!

  • Layla & the cats of Cat Wisdom 101 Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Purrs & Purrayers For Homer

    It is the season of miracles and our gang, including our 18-year-old blind cat Merlin continue to purr for Homer!

  • Jennifer and Justin Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Homer we love you

    We hope this is not your time, you are a strong boy, but if it is your time to go, just know that you have inspired so many people and made your mommy very proud! You are proof that animals are intelligent, sentient creatures capable of adding joy, love, wonder and mystery to life. Thank you.

  • Christa Cote Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Way to go Homer!

    You show em' Homer! They should never underestimate the power of the Black Cat! Love you bunches Homer.

  • Christa Cote Tuesday, 11 December 2012

    Way to go Homer!

    You show em' Homer! Some people underestimate the power of The Black Cat! (I have one named Rocky) You're in my thoughts and prayers Homer, and you to Gwen :)

  • Janette Kavanaugh Tuesday, 11 December 2012


    You show them, Homer. These doctors just don't know who they are dealing with. We all love you. Bless you and bless your Mom and Dad and of course, your bro and sis.

  • Sabine Leclercq-Schulte Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    Homer, lovely Cat

    Gwen and Homer, it' me again from Germany whith my nearly blind and beloved cat Toulouse. I hope so, Homer becomes better day by day. He is a little fighter and he has a Mom and a Dad, who loves him so. I pray for all and I think all the time, how it goes on with Homer. Since I've read your story, Gwen. Thank you! Every Cat, I have - You know, I 've also 3 Kittens - has a special place in my hart. But I love Homer also, even he is not my Cat. Cats are soo wonderfull and lovely. And a world without Cats like Homer is a poor place. And I hope, You an Homer will still have many years together. Even if you have to take more care for his health. It doesn' t matter, because his love is surer, than anything else in this world. O my english is to bat. I think, you know what I mean.

  • Eric Wednesday, 12 December 2012

    Your English is very good

    Very nicely put

  • Robyn Wednesday, 12 December 2012


    Cats truly live in the moment and they demand that you be present in it with them. Don't look ahead with fear - life is for living with joy today. Every day is a gift, for all of us. You and that little cat have our hearts - I hope you can feel that love coming back to you!

  • Kumo Thursday, 13 December 2012

    BONITO FLAKES, mmm! Noni juice? maybe?

    Dear Gwen,
    Perhaps, as a respite or enticement, Homer might like to try something healthy that every cat I've ever met loves: BONITO FLAKES. This is steam cooked, sun-dried TUNA that gets hard like wood and is the delicately shaved into irresistible morsels of pure heaven. Almost every Korean or Japanese Super Market has them in small and large plastic packs. You and Lawrence might also find them very tasty!
    Also NONI juice from PURASANA. I know of two cats who love noni juice, this vitamin and enzyme rich juice that builds the immune system while detoxifying the liver.
    A thimbleful a day is enough for a little cat. Only this one brand,Purasana, has the feline "seal of approval", because it has no additives.

    Also, if Homer's liver is challenged, it might be wise to stay away from unfriendly preservatives(like propyline glycol, BHT, sodium benzoate..etc) or unkind artificial flavors (like MSG by any name it hides as, or nitrites or what we call here "E-numbers"). Reading labels becomes religion!

    Wishing your cat-and-human family all the best!
    Warmest greetings,

  • Katie & the Feline Princesses Saturday, 15 December 2012

    Go Homer!

    I was so sad when I read the post about Homer being ill and was happy to hear that he is bouncing back. Homer is one tough little guy! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Hugs & purrs for everyone!

  • Kathy Saturday, 15 December 2012

    Vibes for Homer! It's so scarey when they're sick. I hope that he does well. Hugs to you, too. Kathy

  • Chrissy Sunday, 16 December 2012

    What a trooper Homer is! I'm so glad to hear that he still seems to feel so good. Our little blind kitty has an alarmingly high kidney level, but acts like he's just fine. From one blind kitty to another, our Stevie sends good wishes to Homer.
    Take care!

  • Judy Monday, 17 December 2012

    Moonpie and family are routing for their idol, Homer!

    Just saw this. Lots of good vibes your way, Homer!

  • Rose R Tuesday, 18 December 2012

    Looking for your update :-)

    Homer Gwen and Family
    Been checking today for your update on Homer. Sounds from your FB updates he is a hungry little dude and trying to fight for you. Bless you my dear, I know you are spoiling him as much as possible. I am interested in how the milk thistle seems to be working for him. We have had cats with liver problems in the past and might be something to give BEFORE they show symptoms. My husband said something very sweet, Homer gains strength from you and I know you do from him!

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