July 2004

Still waiting for their forever homes is Cuddles, one of the last of Crickett Harkin's kitties that needs a home.  Cuddles is a female patch tabby who just loves to sit in  your lap, approximately 3 yrs old.   We also have Sophie and Sonic, two tuxedo 1 yearr old siblings who are filled with energy and love that were rescued off of Troost !  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.

All have been altered and are current on their shots.  Call us at 660-267-3497 to visit with them down at the WF ClubHouse.  

The WarmFuzzy’s Feral Cat Colony is enjoying the summer chasing mousies and butterflies.  We have 3 new additions to the colony that we need funding to get spayed/neutered & vaccinated.  A donation of $100 will get this done.

Feline Leukemia - FeLV
     This is a serious disease in cats, caused by a virus infection.  It is also a complex disease, of which leukemia (cancer of white blood cells) and cancerous tumors are only a small part.  Various other related but non-tumorous diseases are also involved.  They include anemia, atrophy of the thymus gland, ulcers of the mouth, skin lesions, reproductive problems such as miscarriages and weak or dying kittens (fading kitten syndrome), chronic digestive and respiratory problems, and others.
     The feline leukemia virus impairs the cat's immune system similar to the way the AIDS virus affects humans.  As a result, cats lose their ability to fight the bacteria, viruses and fungi which cause these disease problems.
     Feline Leukemia is spread by direct contact with infected cats.  It is usually transmitted in the saliva, but low levels of the virus can also be found in urine and feces.  Licking, biting and sneezing are common forms of transmission.  Food and water dishes and litter boxes are likely sources of infections, if healthy cats share them with infected cats.
    The only sure way to know if your cat has the disease is to have it tested by a veterinarian.  Because such a complex of disease problems and symptoms is involved, it is not easy to spot the disease by how your cat looks or acts.  However, certain signs - such as long-lasting infections, unexplained weight loss, reduced appetite, swollen glands or gum problems - should alert you to a health problem that warrants a closer look by your veterinarian.
     Once a cat has been infected with Feline Leukemia virus, there are three possible outcomes:

1 - About 40% develop an immunity and become resistant to future infections.

2 - About 30% become "latent carriers" of the disease, neither fully recovered nor seriously affected.  They may be susceptible to the disease at some future time, and, if reactivated, they can pass on the virus to their offspring.

3 - The remaining 30% of exposed cats are persistently infected and, of these, about 83% die within three years of the time of infection from leukemia and/or the associated diseases.  Death can be sudden or lingering and painful.

     To prevent your cats from getting the disease the most obvious is to limit or eliminate all contact with other cats.  However, this isn't always possible or practical.  The best solution is to a veterinarian and have your cat or cats vaccinated with the most effective and safe vaccine available.  The majority of cats show no adverse response to Feline Leukemia vaccination.  However some cats will develop a temporary fever, listlessness or reduction of appetite.  When they occur, these responses normally disappear in 24-48 hours.  In the unlikely event that your cat develops other symptoms after vaccination, you should call your veterinarian.
     No evidence currently links FeLV in cats with any known human disease problems.

The WarmFuzzy's web site ( http://www.warmfuzzys.org ) has undergone some major changes (and still going on).  More information is available about other diseases that can affect cats.  There are now fact sheets available and a FAQ section (more will be added).  

The WarmFuzzy's ClubHouse is in need of some major repairs.  These repairs need to be done so we can take in those unwanted, un-adoptable and feral cats that have no where else to go.  This is what needs to be done:

Replace broken water pipes, replace broken windows, replace the back door, repair holes in flooring, reseal the roof (it leaks rather badly now), replace ceiling inside with pink waterproof insulation sheets & paint, replace kitchen sink & faucet, install electrical wiring to support window air conditioner units that we have.   With the coming of the hot summer weather it can get to 110+ degrees in the ClubHouse.  Right now our kitties sit on icepacks to keep cool.  None of this work can be done without your financial help.  We can do almost all of the actual labor/work ourselves - we just need the money to get the materials do it.   Please help us.

WarmFuzzy's is a very small group of people working with extremely limited resources and funds.  Please help by adopting these lover kitties or by becoming foster parents or a Sponsor.

To make a contribution to WarmFuzzy's you can use the Paypal link below.   OR you can make it out and mail 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 would receive a picture of the warm fuzzy you choose to sponsor in email (preferably) or US Postal Service along with periodic updates on him/her as well as a Certificate of Sponsorship.  Think about it, then hopefully you will  help save a life. Thank you for supporting our WarmFuzzy's.

  • 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, 311 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

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