January 2005

Please call us at 660-267-3497 to visit with 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 and you can see their pictures on our web site.   

Cuddles is in need of a home of her own too.  She is about 5 yrs old, does not do well with other animals or children.  Cuddles needs someone who has the time to pay a great deal of attention to her.
Sophie and Sonic, two tuxedo 1 yr old siblings have been adopted!  Halleluiah!!

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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Kidney Disease
     What Is Kidney Disease?
Kidney Disease is one of the most common medical problems of older pets.  The kidneys filter and remove waste materials from the blood and help regulate body fluids.  Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys fail to perform these functions properly and waste materials accumulate in the blood.

     Causes of Liver Disease
Acute (sudden) kidney disease is a rapid decline in kidney function, often the result of poisoning, shock, blood loss or other diseases.

Chronic (long-term) kidney disease can result from the causes listed below, as well as:

  • Age

  • Nutritional factors

  • Breed or hereditary tendencies.

     Signs of Kidney Disease
Okay folks, this is the really scary part.  Signs of kidney disease do not appear until more than two-thirds of kidneyfunction has been lost.  Signs include:

- Loss of appetite
- Depression (lack of energy or decreased interest in usual routines)
- Frequent urination or no urination
- Increased thirst
- Poor hair coat
- Vomiting
- Diarrhea

All pets, especially those age 7 and older, should be screened early for kidney disease - before signs of illness appear.

     Slowing The Progression With Early Detection
Once kidney disease develops, it cannot be reversed, but there are ways to slow its progression.  Early detection and nutritional intervention can give pets longer, better quality lives.  Ask your veterinarian for a kidney screen every year for your pet.

With careful examination and testing, the severity of kidney disease can be evaluated and the best method of support prescribed.

     Home Care
     -  Give your pet special attention and care.
     -  Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully for feeding and medicating your pet.
     -  Feed your pet only the recommended food every day and speak to your veterinarian before changing your pet's medication or feeding regimen.
     -  Monitor your pet's weight, activity, thirst and general condition regularly.  Inform your veterinarian of any unexpected changes.
     -  Provide free access to fresh, clean water.
     Feeding Recommendations
Proper nutrition is one tool clinically shown to be effective against chronic kidney disease.  Your veterinarian will recommend a well-balanced food with a reduced amount of phosphorus, salt, high-quality protein and higher amounts of fiber to reduce kidney workload.  A food with increased fatty acids also improves blood flow to the kidneys.  The following nutritional characteristics are especially important for your pet:

-  Reduced protein, higher amounts of fiber and low levels of phosphorus reduce kidney workload.
-  Low salt and enhanced fatty acids help slow the progression of kidney disease.

     Feeding Tips
     -  Gradually introduce the new food over a 7 - day period by mixing the new food with the old.
     -  If your pet 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 pet, 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 ) is constantly adding information and fact sheets.  If you run across anything that you feel should be here please contact us.  Please visit us often so as not to miss anything new.

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 (with a 6month paid sponsorship).  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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