November 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  feral cats that have no where else to go.  This is what needs to be done:

propane in tank to keep kitties & caretakers warm ($350 and we need this NOW !)

caulk (we have it) and seal leaks in roof  & windows (10 gallons white roof sealer now costing $60 for 5 gallons)

replace water damaged ceiling inside with pink foam insulation sheets.  Besides insulating they are also waterproof and can be painted. (22 sheets at approx $8 - $9 each, 10 gallons white ceiling paint)

replace broken water pipe - twenty 10 foot pieces of pvc
    fittings - 

heat tape (the kind that plugs into electrical outlet) to keep water lines from breaking (three 12 ft sections approx $38 each) 

fix holes in floors & paint floor with oil based paint (10 gallons of paint should do it)

fix/replace sections of walls

need kitchen sink (two bowls, stainless, nothing fancy, $35)
    risers - 2
    shut offs - 2

kitchen sink faucet (with two handles, and a sprayer would be outstanding, $25)

new insides for toilet ($10)

put in circuit/wiring to support hot water heater (have new water heater)

counters need to be replaced - particularly the section where the sink goes

put in electrical wiring to support air conditioning (we have an electrician who will do this but we need the breaker and wiring)

replace broken windows

replace back door

we have a new furnace that we could install but then we would need to run new gas lines to it and repair the duct work underneath

Repairs that have been made:

heater installed

almost all windows have been re-screened and hardware cloth put over

carpeting torn up

cleared out a room for storage use

new gas lines to heater & stove run

new circuit breaker box put in replacing old blown fuse box

some new electrical wiring run so we can use some outlets and overhead lights in kitchen and bathroom

Sophie and Sonic, two tuxedo 1 yr old siblings who are filled with energy and love that were rescued off of Troost.  These two are BIG kitties.

 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.  

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)
     FLUTD is a condition often associated with the formation of crystals in the urinary tract that can cause numerous painful symptoms for your cat.  In some cats, especially males, the formation of crystals or stones in the lower urinary tract can block the passage of urine.  Without immediate treatment, a blocked cat could die.
     The Two most common types of crystals that form in a cat's urinarty tract are struvite and calcium oxalate.
     Risk Factors Associated with FLUTD:
Food -   High levels of certain minerals in food can increase the chance of crystal formation.  Food also influences the acidity/alkalinity or urine, which can lead to crystal formation.  High urine pH can contribute to the production of struvite stones, while low urine pH can produce calcium oxalate stones.
Behavior -   Lack of exercise, confinement indoors, reduced water intake and even dirty litter pans may cause your cat to urinate less often, which can lead to the development of FLUTD.
Body Condition -   Excess weight also predisposes a cat to FLUTD.
Gender -     Urinary obstruction is more common in younger, male neutered cats.
     Signs of FLUTD
FLUTD can be uncomfortable, and, if a blockage occurs, extremely dangerous.  Recognizing the typical signs is critical.

  • Abnormal urination, including blood in the urine, abnormal color of urine, excessive straining to urinate, or passing urine frequently in small amount.

  • Abdominal pain.

  • Behavioral changes, such as restlessness, listlessness, hiding or refusal to eat.

  • Changes in the pattern of urination, such as urinating outside the litter pan or in unusual places.

     Home Care
     -  Feed only the food recommended by your veterinarian.
     -  Do not give any extra treats, food scraps or vitamin supplements.
     -  Provide plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.  Feeding canned food can be helpful in
        increasing water intake.
     -  Encourage excerise whenever possible.
     -  Once a cat has suffered from FLUTD, a food specifically designed to prevent crystal
        formation should be fed to reduce the risk of recurrence.
     -  Periodic urinalyses are important in the management of this disease.

     Feeding Recommendations
Cats suffering from struvite stones benefit from a food low in magnesium and phosphorus, which produces a normal, acid uring pH.  Cats suffering from calcium oxalate stones benefit from a food with optimal levels of sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and added potassium citrate, which helps produce a more alkaline urine pH.

     Feeding Tips
     -  Gradually introduce the new food over a 7 - day period by mixing the new food with the old.
     -  If your cat is reluctant to try a new food, warm the canned product to body temperature or hand feed.
     -  Be patient but firm with your cat, 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 ) 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.  

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.  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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