The weekend was spent having trenches dug for water and electrical lines and septic/lagoon system not only for our house but for the WarmFuzzy's Club House !! Currently we have been toting water in plastic containers and running a small generator ( very loud and noisey ) in order to vacuum and run the lights at night. Thanks to my father-in-law the generator was wired directly to the fuse box so that the outlets and light switches work. It is so exciting looking forward to having "real" electricity for lights, vacuuming & fans ( especially since the generator hasn't been feeling well lately ) ! There is one circuit in the WF Club House that is not working which will require rewiring. Near future plans are to have running water after the water lines in the WF Clubhouse are tested for any breaks or leaks. The flooring in certain spots is rotting out and needs to be replaced. We started tearing the carpeting up Sunday evening to check just how much of the floor will need to be replaced. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday were spent buying and laying drain pipes, water piping & electrical cable for the house & the subfeed to the WF Club House. On the WF Club House the back door and almost all of the windows need to be replaced. The floor can be fixed fairly cheaply but replacing the windows will cost quite a bit more. The front door and storm have already been replaced. The bathroom needs a complete overhaul, the roof needs work and the kitchen sink and counter need replacing. We are taking pictures as the work progresses on both our house and the Club House. We will be getting the pictures on the web site as soon as we can. Any assistance you can give towards the restoration effort of WF Club House would be gratefully welcome by us and the cats ( especially since the husband was a casualty of the Sprint layoffs ).
The WarmFuzzys Feral Cat Colony - it seems that Callie has ringworm and now not only does the rest of the colony show signs of it but so do my cats at home. 16 cats have been taking some very expensive pills for the past week ( and the next six weeks ) to get rid of it. We are starting to see less piles of fur on the floor and bedding. Yeah !! The usual procedure for getting rid of ringworm usually consists of a topical treatment - shampoo's and antifungal ointment. Ever try to give your pet cat a bath ? Unless you have one of the unusual cats that actually likes water this is not a fun thing to do. Giving a feral a bath & smearing ointment all over them just is not a viable option as I prefer to keep my blood inside my body and my skin intact. Instead we're going the pill route combined with a liberal spraying of antifungal medicine all over the the cats ( they're not thrilled with this ), the room, their bedding ( which is changed every day keeping me, the washer & dryer busy ) & vacuuming every day. Ringworm is not really a worm at all but a fungus which particularly likes medium to long haired cats. It is highly contagious and spread through them grooming each other and the shedding of their fur. The fur contains the spores of the fungus which is how my house cats got it. I would clean the room containing the ferals and take home a lot of their hair on my clothes. Of course since nothing is ever "normal" with this colony neither were the symptoms of the ringworm. Instead the hair on the cats was "peeling" off of them. The vet had never seen anything like this before and took some hair to test it. Sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed that it was indeed ringworm. One word of caution, not only can your cats get it but so can your dogs and YOU ( my husband can attest to this fact ). Be very careful when dealing with ringworm.
April, the feral rescued from Bonner Springs, was released from her cage and has joined the rest of the colony. They are getting along very well. Hopefully now that she is out of the cage and with the rest of the cats she will start to relax some. Tuesday or Wednesday of this week we will be getting a dog kennel & kitty door to add to the colony's living quarters. Once the Club House has been moved to it's permanent location this will be set up.
We still have a vet bill of $1,122.00 and Morris is in need of dental work. With the colony now confined we are in DESPERATE need of scoopable kitty litter, canned cat food and dry food.
The petition to get the law changed as to the number limit of animals you are allowed to have if you are a feral cat colony caretaker has been created and signatures are being taken. This petition will be put on line. If you are a resident of Kansas City, Missouri you may print it out, sign it and send it to WarmFuzzy's c/o Lisa Maser, RR #1, Box 35, Drexel, MO 64742. We need 5,000 signatures to get it put on the ballot. Get your family members, friends & co-workers to sign it too !! Help us to help you to take care of all the warmfuzzy's !!!
Update : Our house is coming, our house is coming !! It is set to show up Wednesday or Thursday (5-7 / 5-8). We still don't have water or electricity run to the property but we're hopeful that will be done by the middle of next week. And soon we'll have an internet connection down there too !!! Right now I have an hour's drive (one way) to get on line. Not fun.
We will be putting on web site the lecture/seminar that are being held at UMKC. To attend these seminars/lectures in person and obtain a hard copy the schedule is as follows:
April 17th, 730 PM Parasites and Pathogens continued *
May 1st, 730 PM Neo-natal care *
May 22nd, 730 PM Neo-natal care Workshop
June 5th, 730 PM Resource Development Workshop *
Date to be set, 7:30 PM Working with the Public
*- meetings will also contain pertinent legal information
Please write to Lisa@jem1.com or call 816-529-2275 for exact location and whether you will be attending or you may subscribe to our Feral Cat email list which can be found on our opening page.
Since July 2002 we have adopted out more than 80 cats. We still have about 17 or 18 to go. Please call 816-529-2281 to make arrangements to meet and adopt them. About 6 of them are not quite ready to be adopted. They are in need of some socializing first. Due to our relocating these cats are currently residing in Cleveland, MO.
What are the 4 most important steps you can take to keep your pet(s) healthy ?
1 - get your pets altered,
2 - get your pets vaccinated
3 - keep your cats indoors &
4 - give them lots of love !
A breakdown on the cost to vaccinate/spay/neuter a kitten or cat is:
|1st set of Kitten Shots||$18.00|
|Vaccinations for an adult cat||$28.00 |
|Feline Leukemia Test - Kitten||$21.00|
|Feline Leukemia/FIV Test - Adult Cat||$36.00|
For $135 we would be able to purchase the vaccine and syringes ourselves and reduce the cost of shots for kittens and adults to $6.00 for 25 of them.
You can use the link below to make a contribution to WarmFuzzy's which would be gratefully accepted. OR you can make it out to and mail it to WarmFuzzy's, RR #1, Box 35, Drexel, MO 64742.
Please, don't contribute to the unwanted animal population. Don't contribute to the climbing numbers of animals that are being killed. Your pet is part of your family, not a disposable item, but a responsbility you chose, treat it as such.
If you aren't able to adopt, how about being a foster parent while we're trying to find a permanent home for a kitty (or two). We'll supply the food, you supply your home, kitty litter and love. It will cost you $7.00 for a license. Now think about it a minute. For $7.00, kitty litter and some love you'll give a kitty a home for a period of time till the kitty can go to his/her "forever" home. Doesn't sound like a whole lot really, now does it ? But it will mean everything to that kitty. Come on - tell me you don't have room in your heart or house for a kitty that desperately needs one.
Contact PAWS, Inc. at 816-252-2680, Box 16664, Raytown, MO 64133. They offer certificates for low cost spay/neuter and vaccinations from designated veterinarians. You can also contact STOPP Animal Clinic on 63rd Street in Raytown at 816 or The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic on Martha Truman Rd in Grandview at
WarmFuzzys is a very small group of people working with extremely limited resources and funds. We need people to adopt these cats and give them a good home or to become foster parents.
If you are unable to physically adopt a kitty how about becoming a Sponsor to one of our WarmFuzzy's ? The first year of sponsorship would cost $10 a month to cover the cost of food, vaccinations & being altered. Every year thereafter would cost $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 choose to help save a life.
Thank you for any support you can give to our WarmFuzzy's.
Joyce E. Maser-Ellis, Pres.
RR #1, Box 35
Drexel, MO 64742
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