An Amazing Blind Cat Called Homer

"Homer's Odyssey" offers lessons in love, loyalty and courage.

By Nikki Batalis | Posted: October 16, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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"Homer's Odyssey"
There's a new cat on the bookshelves, and he's a remarkable fellow.

His name is Homer; the veterinarian who treated him as a homeless stray kitten had to remove his infected eyes to save his life. She tried for weeks to find someone to adopt him, and got refusals and excuses. But when writer Gwen Cooper saw him, she immediately said, “I'm taking him home.”

What a fortunate situation for both Cooper and Homer. The little black cat's resilience, intelligence and spirit have allowed him to flourish despite his blindness; Cooper's love and compassion for him – and her two other cats – are an inspiration.

But in her new book, “Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life With a Blind Wonder Cat,” Cooper writes that it is Homer who is the inspiration. She writes about him: “In a seemingly hopeless situation, when no rational person could expect anything good, yet somehow ends up receiving everything good – these are the things we call miracles and wonders.”

One of the most harrowing parts of this finely written book is Cooper's description of the events on Sept. 11, 2001, when she left her apartment and three cats in New York's Financial District to go to work. She was forced out of the city after the attacks on the World Trade Center, and her battle to get back to her cats after they had spent days without food or water is heroic.

“I am Homer's eyes. And he is my heart,” Cooper writes.

No doubt Homer will find a place in the heart of everyone who reads this book.

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Linda    Hudsonville, MI

4/13/2011 11:01:42 AM

I love this book after I read this blog i decided to read it and it is a great book. I would recommend this book to all cat lovers!!!

Becki    Chugiak, AK

5/18/2010 2:33:01 PM

Being the Mommy of 7 cats I have one more in my heart now...and that fella is Homer!! I flew back to Alaska from the East Coast last week and the last few pages of the book made me cry like a baby! Desent in an aircraft with stuffed sinuses is no treat, but I couldn't help crying. My favorite part of the whole trip was coming home to my babies and loving them up!! Thank you Gwen and Homer for sharing your story!

Debra    Halton Hills, ON

2/6/2010 7:39:10 AM

I couldn't put the book down and yes I fell in love with Homer too :-)

I sent an email to the author and she very kindly wrote back..needless to say I was thrilled :-) I hope she will do another Homer book to let us know how this sweet kitty is doing.

Vivian    Gardendale, AL

2/2/2010 4:36:28 AM

I read the book about Homer and fell in love with him. I believe all those who read the book would like to hear more about him. Has the author thought about writing a second book to update us on Homers antics since we last heard from him? Please please consider this.

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