March 2005

Please call us at 660-267-3497 to visit with Arthur (orange tabby), Gwen & Jackie (gray patch tabbies), all littermates rescued from Louisburg, KS.  They are 1 yrs old Abyssinia mix kitties.  These three are petite cats and you can see their pictures on our web site. 

This is Arthur.  He is a delightful little guy just full of personality who loves to talk to you and be petted.


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.

Okay folks, the WarmFuzzy's Shelter is really in need of some major repairs.  We need your help so we can take care of those warmfuzzy's that have nowhere else to go.  The colony is now up to 20 members.  We are currently re-homing a large black male kitty that was the last of his colony.  All his "friends" were relocated or found good homes.  Cyrano is definitely a true feral and not wanting to have anything to do with a "human".   He will be able to live out the rest of life here at WarmFuzzy's with the other members of the colony in safety, have food & fresh water and a warm place to sleep. 

In order to continue doing this the shelter needs some fixing up and we need your help to do it.  Right now we are lugging milk jugs of water to the shelter.  The pipes broke during the winter.  We need piping and fittings.  We need a new sink and faucet.  We need lumber and plywood to replace sections of walls that have been ruined by water leaks.  We need to seal the roof. 

We have the where-with-all to take in many more unwanted and un-adoptable cats but not without your help.   Please stop right now and make a tax deductible to WarmFuzzy's and save an innocent animals life whose only wrong was to be born because a "human" didn't spay or neuter his mommy and daddy.  Help right that wrong by sending a donation now.

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Diabetes Mellitus
     What Is Diabetes Mellitus?
Diabetes Mellitus is a condition that usually develops because of a lack of insulin or the body's inability to respond to insulin.  Insulin is a hormone the body needs to help it use blood sugar.  A shortage of insulin is usually the result of damage to the pancreas.

A pet with diabetes can show a wide range of signs.  The longer the disease is untreated, the more complications result, including cataracts in the eys.  There is no cure, but pets with diabetes can live longer with proper nutrition, exercise and insulin injections.

     Causes of Diabetes Mellitus
Factors that can cause or increase the risk of diabetes include:

  • Breed - Some dogs, such as Samoyeds, Miniature Schnauzers, Miniature Poodles and Pugs are predisposed to diabetes.  In cats, no breeds are more at risk than others.

  • Gender - In dogs, diabetes is at least twice as common in females.  In cats, neutered males are more at risk than others.

  • Body Condition - Overweight pets have a greater tendency to develop diabetes.

  • Age - Pets can develop diabetes at any age, although the peak onset is around the age of eight.

  • Hormonal Changes - Short-term hormonal changes can cause diabetes.

     Signs of Diabetes Mellitus
A cat or dog with diabetes mellitus could exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:

- Weakness
- Increased thirst
- Increased and frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Change in appetite; initially increases and later declines
- Vomiting
- Depression
- Cataracts (in dogs), causing blindness

     Home Care
     -  If additional signs of illness appear, contact your veterinarian.
     -  Follow a daily routine, such as regular meal times, set amounts of food and consisten levels of daily exercise.
     -  Feed only the food recommended by your veterinarian
     -  If giving insulin, make sure you set regular times for injections
     -  Provide free access to fresh, clean water.
     -  Diabetes requires regular, careful monitoring, so make sure you keep appointments with your veterinarian.

     Feeding Recommendations
     In addition to exercise and, possibly, insulin injections, your veterinarian may recommend a food with moderate to high levels of fiber and a consistent nutrient profile.  Consistency is important to help keep your pet's metabolism stable for better health.  The nutritional profile of many commercial foods varies from batch to batch, which can complicate the disease. 
     Moderately high fiber helps minimize blood glucose fluctuation and may decrease insulin dosage.
     High levels of L-carnitine help the body use fat effectively.

     Feeding Tips
-  Follow your veterinarian's directions when feeding any Prescription Diet therapeutic food.
     -  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.
     -  For cats, simply not eating for a few days may result in a life-threatening disease called hepatic lipidosis.

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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