Is this a "quality of life " question or an indication that your cat may be missing some vital nutrients. What's the first plus in all of this? "He has a healthy appetite". That's saying alot. Several members here have much younger cats and are pretty well at their wit's end trying to entice their cat to eat. What's the downside? Well, he's dirty and matted, and urinates on himself, and sleeps far too much. A cat who sleeps excessively will decline in grooming habits and could very well wake up and wonder where he was. That's happened to some people. What is there to interest him, what reason is there to go further from his bed than 15 feet? If he's stiff and sore, he may not want to. Urinating on himself may be a symptom of just how sore and stiff he feels, so excessive sleeping becomes the solution. Is there another solution to this? Well, assist with grooming and provide more interest to his life and watch to see if this will , in turn, turn things around. This has happened to elderly people who waste away because they have nothing to do but stare at the walls. Interest them in something, anything , and a new vitality returns. As for his stiffness and soreness there is a product called Arthritis Relief by Natra Bio(Ferndale, WA). Excellent results. In two hours the stiffness abates.This product is for " stiffness and difficult movement, swelling and redness, pain in the bones and joints," with " no stomach upset, fast gentle relief" . It's homeopathically- based and available at a health food store. Perhaps, as the stiffness and pain are relieved,and your cat is groomed so that it's not a monumental task for him to take over once his interest in his surroundings returns, plus there's more interest added to his life, you may just see a big change.
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Jan. 8 to Aug 2003 - The testimony about Sambo our cat - (born July 1985) - We can hardly believe the recovery Sambo is making. As of last July he had lost 10 pounds (he had been 16 #) could hardly get up and down the stairs, slept a lot and dumped around. Walked like he was 100 yrs. old and we were sure we were going to lose him. He wasn't eating very much either. He slowly was getting worse and worse. He was so skinny and his fur got matted and terrible and then he started pulling his fur out - completely on both sides of his body. It was an area 2" long and full length of his body and on both sides. We never took him to the vet because we thought he was just getting old and we would just have to accept the fact that we won't have him very much longer.
We had just heard about Transfer Factor (basic) and we thought if it helps humans, maybe it will help our kitty. We thought maybe Transfer Factor would at least make him feel better and we started giving him 1-capsule of Transfer Factor on Jan. 8, 2003 (which was the first day Wayne came to our home to have a meeting for some of our friends to introduce them to Transfer Factor - which was new to us too!).
Right away we could tell that Sambo was getting better and so on Jan. 15, 2003 we increased the dose to 2 capsules a day. His speedy recovery was hard to believe. He had regained 1/2 lb. by Jan. 18th and his fur was growing back on both sides and the rest of his fur was looking much better too. It had become very matted and ugly. Energy? He is bouncing up and down the stairs, up and down from the bathroom sink ( he loves to drink the running water but hadn't been able to make the jump for months) and hardly lays down for naps. Previously, he had been sleeping a lot. Once again he is following Neil everywhere as he had done for so many years, he was like our 'young' Sambo again and we knew he was going to be fine!!
It is now Oct 2003 and he is still doing very, very good. Has a good appetite, has energy, doesn't sleep very much in the daytime as we would expect an old cat to do and has a lovely new fur coat. At this point, we decided to try the Feline formula instead of the TF human formula.
Update Dec. 19, 2003. We had to stop giving our cat the Feline Complete formula because Sambo started going down the hill and losing weight. The Feline Formula did not agree with him. After we resumed giving him Transfer Factor Plus (human formula) Sambo started doing very well again We are going to get to enjoy our pet longer which pleases us very, very much.. Neil and Patty Trammell
My Siamese cat has severe deterioration in her back legs. I had taken her to three veterinarians but they couldn't help her. It got to the point that she couldn't walk. After taking 3 capsules of Transfer Factorâ„¢ a day, she rarely falls down at all, and she is so much healthier and happier. Donna Hendricks
Some stores carry TFP and it's available over the Internet. Non-toxic even in megadoses. Give with food.