September 2004

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.   In 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 all of the actual labor/work ourselves - we just need the money to get the materials do it.   Please help us.

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 yr 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.

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

Feline AIDS - FIV
     Feline AIDS is caused by infection with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).  FIV causes a potentially fatal viral disease that interferes with the immune system of a cat.  The virus lives in the blood of the infected cat and is carried in their system throughout their life.  Infected cats may expose healthy cats with which they come in contact, most often by biting.  Cats infected with FIV may remain healthy for up to 10 years.  While some infected cats show no sign of the disease, others may display such initial symptoms as:

  • fever

  • loss of appetite

  • diarrhea

  • lethary

  • swollen lymph nodes

     As the disease progresses, symptons may occur such as:

  • weight loss

  • sores in and around the mouth

  • eye lesions

  • poor hair coat

  • chronic infections.

     Eventually, the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections or diseases.  As a result, the cat will die from one of these subsequent infections.
     FIV is spread from cat to cat primarily through bite wounds, as the virus is shed in high levels through saliva.  Outdoor cats are at a higher risk for contracting the disease.  The spread of FIV through watering bowls or grooming is unlikely.  An actual bite wound is an integral part of the disease transmission.  Although rare, it is possible for a mother to pass the infection on to her unborn fetus.  Up to one in twelve cats in the US tests positive for the disease (1).  Actual infection rate can be higher in higher unhealthy cats.  About 15% of cats that test positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) also test positive for FIV.
     Even though this feline virus is related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), no human has ever been reported to be infected with FIV.
     Vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease in at-risk cats.  If your cat is vaccinated for leukemia because it has contact with other cats, you should also consider its risk factors for feline AIDS.  There is no treatment or cure for an FIV infected cat.  A vaccine is available that can aid in the prevention of infection by FIV.  Talk with your veterinarian about the best vaccination program for your cat.
     Along with vaccination, other health management measures include:

         - Limiting exposure of indoor cats to outdoor cats.
         - Using caution when introducing a new cat to a multi-cat household.
         - Having the new cat tested prior to joining the household.
         - Isolating an aggressive cat from other cats.

(1)JAVMA, Vol. 218, No. 8, April 15, 2001. "Feline practitioners recommend new FIV & FeLV testing guidelines, initiate public awareness campaign)

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.  

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  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.

  • 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
Rod Ellis: fuzzy5@warmfuzzys.org 

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