December 2004

Sophie and Sonic, two tuxedo 1 yr old siblings who are filled with energy and love that were rescued off of Troost.  These two are BIG kitties.

 Then there is Arthur (orange tabby), Gwen & Jackie (gray patch tabbies), all littermates rescued from Louisberg, KS.  They are 1 yrs old Abyssinia mix kitties.  These three are petite cats.  We are pleased to announce that Gwen is being sponsored by ********

Please call us at 660-267-3497 to visit with them down at the WF ClubHouse.  

The WarmFuzzy's ClubHouse is still in need of some major repairs so please help us to take care of those warmfuzzy's that have nowhere else to go.

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Liver Disease
     What Is Liver Disease?
The liver is the largest internal organ in a pet's body.  With approximately 1,500 functions, the liver plays a central role in digestion and conversion of nutrients, removal of toxic substances, synthesis of key components of the blood and storage of vitamins and minerals.  The term "liver disease" covers a wide range of conditions in which the liver is functioning at less than peak efficiency.

     Causes of Liver Disease
Because there are many possible causes of liver disease, a specific diagnosis may be difficult.  Some causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Viral and bacterial infections.

  • Poisonous substances and drugs ingested by the pet

  • Altered blood flow to the liver due to heart disease or a congenital or acquired abnormality.

  • Breed tendencies (certain breeds, such as Bedlingtons and West Highland White Terriers, do not excrete copper properly; others, such as Siamese cats and Cocker Spaniels are more likely to develop liver diseases).

In cats, simply not eating for two or three days may result in a life-threatening disease called Feline Hepatic Lipidosis.  If your cat does not eat for even a day, contact your veterinarian.  Feline Hepatic Lipidosis occurs when fat levels in the liver are very high and begin to overwhelm the liver's ability to function.  This problem is not fully understood, but your veterinarian can evaluate the severity of the disease and prescribe the best method of management.

     Signs of Liver Disease
The more common signs of liver disease in adult dogs and cats include:

- Lack of appetite and weight loss
- Depression (lack of energy or decreased interest in usual routines)
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of eyes)
- Increased thirst
- Dark Colored urine
- Buildup of fluid in abdomen (may be mistaken for weight gain)
- Pale gums

     Home Care
     -  Watch for signs of illness.  If they appear, contact your veterinarian.
     -  Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully for feeding and medicating your pet.
     -  Speak to your veterinarian before changing your pet's medication or feeding regimen.
     -  Divide each day's food ration into frequent, small meals, including one at bedtime.
     -  Provide free access to fresh, clean water.
     Feeding Recommendations
A food with highly digestible proteins, carbohydrates and fats in combination with other nutrients helps limit the production of metabolic toxins, reduces liver workload, improves liver efficiency and allows recovery.  The liver has a large reserve capacity and, unlike some other organs in the body, has the ability to regenerate.  If the source of harm is eliminated and the pet receives proper nutrition, chances for recovery are good.

     Feeding Tips
     -  Gradually introduce the new food over a 7 - day period by mixing the new food with the old.
     -  If your cat is reluctant to try a new food, warm the canned product to body temperature, hand feed or mix the dry food with warm water (dog food only).  Remove within an hour and wash the dish to avoid spoilage and bacterial growth.
     -  Be patient but firm with your cat, because success depends on strict adherence to the new food.  Contact your veterinarian if your pet refuses to eat.

The WarmFuzzy's web site ( http://www.warmfuzzys.org ) has undergone many changes recently.  More information is available about other diseases that can affect cats and fact sheets. Our FAQ section now has quite a bit of information including holistic care.  

To make a contribution to WarmFuzzy's you can use the Paypal link below.   OR you can send it to WarmFuzzy's, RR #1, Box 50K, Drexel, MO  64742.

To Sponsor one of our WarmFuzzy's:  The first year of sponsorship costs $10 a month to cover the cost of food, vaccinations & being altered.  Every year thereafter costs $8 a month for food and yearly vaccinations.  You will receive a picture of the warm fuzzy you choose to sponsor in email  or US Postal Service along with periodic updates on him/her as well as a Certificate of Sponsorship and a WarmFuzzy's sweatshirt.  Think about it, then hopefully you will  help save a life. Thank you for supporting our WarmFuzzy's.

Low Cost Spay Neuter Information:

  • No More Homeless Pets in KC, email info@kcpets.org or call 816-333-PETS.

  • The Pet Connection has traps to rent at an extremely low rate.  They also offer low cost spay/neuter services.   Their number is 913-671-7387 and they are located at the Mission Mall.

  • PAWS, Inc. at 816-252-2680, Box 16664, Raytown, MO  64133.  They offer certificates for low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations from designated veterinarians.  

  • STOPP Animal Clinic on 63rd Street in Raytown at 816-313-7729

  • The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, 3911 E. Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137 (located behind WaySide Waif's) 816-765-5401.

Joyce E. Maser-Ellis, Pres.
RR #1, Box 50K
Drexel, MO 64742

Lisa A. Maser, VP: Fuzzy2@warmfuzzys.org
Sharon K. Baseley, VP: Fuzzy4@warmfuzzys.org
Rod Ellis: fuzzy5@warmfuzzys.org 

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