September 2008
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Must Have Reference

Cat First Aid 
A source book to help you prepare for health emergencies that arise from sudden illness or injury. 

Includes detailed step by step action plans to treat your cat for over 60 health related situations.

A DVD accompanies the book that demonstrates how to perform many of the first aid steps described in the book.  It's also closed captioned for the hard of hearing.

Only $19.95 and includes shipping.

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Rosemont Show

October 18-19, 2008
Century Center
120 South St Joseph St
South Bend, IN

October 25-26, 2008
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, IN

November 15-16, 2008
Woodland Park
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2100 Willowcreek Road
Portage, IN
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We have compiled a list of current book titles dealing with cats and cat health.  If you are looking for information, a good reference, or perhaps a special gift, click on the link below and you will be taken to list of pre-sorted books dealing with just your area of interest.

Alternate Payment Plan


eLayaway provides you with an economical way to purchase a cat tree.
The rates are much less expensive than charging it to your credit card.  You know that when you receive you tree it has been paid for in full.  The use of this payment option gives you more buying power than the use of a credit card because the fees are so much lower. 

So check out our cat tree products today.  Select the one your cat would most enjoy and then select eLayaway as your form of payment.  We track your payment history and build your cat tree so its ready to ship within four business days of when you make the final payment.  Couldn't be easier.

Plan today for holiday delivery.

For more information on eLayaway see:

Fall officially started this week, although the days have been getting noticeably shorter and the temperatures have been getting cooler at night, which are sure signs that Fall was on its' way.  One nice thing about Fall, especially in the Midwest, is the many beautiful colors nature paints the leaves and displays for everyone to enjoy. 

We get a lot of questions about the color choices on our cat trees.  People want to know if they can change color - I thought everyone loved hot pink in their living room - guess not.  But the answer is - absolutely.  If you want a different color on any of our cat trees you can choose from any color we are currently using.  We do charge a $25.00 set up fee to do that, but that's pretty inexpensive to get something you're going to like better.  If by chance you select a color and we don't feel the quality of carpeting that you selected would hold up under normal wear and tear for the part of the tree you want it on, we will notify you and give you our reasons so that you can make an informed decision.

Our featured tree this month is the Little Oak.  It's rugged and built to last.  Will easily accommodate up to eight cats.  The detail is in the print below.

The natural disasters our country has experienced this year has resulted in local and national shelters being inundated by the high number of displaced animals.  Far too many of these animals will never see their owner again.  To increase your chance for a happy  reunion with your cat in case of an unplanned separation we recommend that you consider "chipping" your cat, and we have included information below for your consideration.

Many cat owners, especially new ones, have questions as to whether or not they should spay or neuter their pet.  We have included some information below to add to your knowledge base.

Don't forget to give Cody his due.  He always likes to have the final word.

As always, we are open to suggestions and encourage you to email us with any ideas or comments about our products or the content of this newsletter.  We appreciate your support.  Enjoy!

Tom Kartes
The Little Oak
A "chip" off the old block
The Little Oak is built with the same quality materials and workmanship as its big brother the The Big Oak.  It stands only five feet tall, and has a width of four and a half feet from leaf tip to leaf tip.

This cat tree provides multi-level climbing layers, several scratching areas, and plenty of space for your cat(s) to contemplate life's pressing issues.

There are a total of seven leaves.  Four are 12 inches by 20 inches, and three measure 10 inches by 18 inches.  All of our leaves are sculptured to nestle your cat and we include a thermal layer in each one to retain your cats' body heat for additional comfort.  The leaves are attached to the trunk with a special bracket that allows the leaf to "flex" which protects your cats' joints and back as it jumps on and off the cat tree.

There are three levels within the trunk.  Access to these levels is provided through a total on nine holes.  This design is guaranteed to keep your "curious" cat(s) busy and entertained.

The Little Oak comes with a flat platform on top.  We include extra padding and a thermal layer for comfort.  The "Eagles Nest" top can be substituted for a small service charge.

A wide round base ensures stability and guarantees the cat tree will not tip during normal use.

For all the details go to:  The Little Oak

Many people interested in The Little Oak are also interested in:                                Black-Eyed-Susan
Permanent ID?
Every six minutes a lost pet in reunited with its owner

Lost CatEvery year thousands of pet cats are lost, never to be returned home again.  It's a sad situation compounded by the fact it needn't happen. 

To help facilitate reuniting a pet cat with an owner more and more people are having their cats' microchipped.  Just what is it, and how does it work?

A microchip is a tiny piece of material that allows for a unique identification to be encrypted on it and read electronically with a scanner.  This unique ID is normally a series of letters and/or numbers that are put on by the manufacturer when the chip is made.  the microchip is about the size of a grain of rice (12mm) and it is injected under the skin between the cats' shoulder blades.  It is no more discomforting for the cat to have this procedure done than it is for it to have a shot.  Microchips are designed to last well past the normal life expectancy of a cat, so there is no chance of it getting old and not working.

Once the chip is inserted the vet or owner needs to register it with the manufacturer.  At this time the manufacturer will collect information that will allow it to trace the animal back to you.  The information is stored in a national database which improves the chances of being reunited with your cat in the event it is lost.  The information is easily updated if you should move or change phone numbers.

Animal shelters and veterinarian offices have microchip scanners.  What a stray cat arrives at the facility they are immediately scanned for a microchip - many will do this even if the cat has a collar and name tag.  The number displayed on the scanner tells the reader which manufacturer made the chip.  The manufacturer is then contacted to secure owner information, and the owner is advised the whereabouts of their cat.  What happens if the owner didn't register the microchip?  The manufacturer will have a record of the unique identification numbers and will know which veterinarian received which chips.  This allows the inquiring agency or veterinarian to contact the person who did the implant to get owner information.

Separations do occur, even to the most conscientious of care givers.  You never know when you might experience a natural disaster, a pet napping, or just having you pet wonder through an open door, all resulting in the loss of your pet.  Micro chipping your cat is economical and greatly improves the chances of a reunion.

Breeders might consider adding this service into the sale and present each new owner with their cat already "chipped" and registered.  What better way to show "you care"?

There are two main manufacturers of microchips, Home Again and Avid.  You can click on either or both links below to find out more information.

A cat on a Great Lakes Cat Tree is a happy cat.  Happy cats stay home - see all our product at:

Top 5 Questions about Spaying and Neutering

Recently published on

Medical Kit1.Q. At What age should my cat be spayed or neutered?

A. Because early spaying and neutering is optimal, cats usually have the surgery at about 6 months of age; with advanced techniques and safer anesthetic drugs, a growing number of animals are being spayed or neutered at 3 to 6 months of age.  Even cat who years older, however, benefit from being spayed or neutered.

2. Q. Shouldn't a female cat have one litter, or at least one heat cycle, before being spayed?

A. To the contrary, a cat has the best chance of good health if spayed before her first heat.  Early spaying reduces the risk of mammary tumors and prevents other health problems, such as life-threatening uterine infections, before aging brings greater susceptibility.

3. Q. Is spay or neuter surgery painful?  Can it harm my cat?

A. During a spay or neuter surgery, cats are fully anesthetized, so they feel no pain.  Afterwards, most animals seem to experience some discomfort, but signs of discomfort disappear within a few days, and with pain management medication, pain may not be experiences at all.  Serious harm as a result of spay or neuter surgery is extremely rate.

4. Q. Don't spayed or neutered cats become overweight?

A. In some cats, metabolism does decrease following spaying or neutering.  Nevertheless, if fed only the appropriate amount of food and if adequately exercised, spayed or neutered cats are unlikely to become overweight.

5. Q. Does spaying or neutering make cats less affectionate?

A. Freed from the urge to mate, cats tend to be calmer and more content after spaying or neutering.  Spayed or neutered cats are more, not less, likely to show affection toward their human companions.

After surgery, reward your cat with a new cat tree.
Cody's Corner
Miscellaneous Kibble
Cody-There are 76,954,111 cats in the United States.  Of the 106.4 million households, 33.6 million have at least one cat as a pet.  Over half, 39.7 million cats receive Christmas gifts from their owners.  The real lucky ones' get new Cat Trees.

- Your cat has an accident in your living room - should you use baking soda or vinegar?  The advice of most experts is to use vinegar.  Animal excrement is full of bacteria and possibly parasites.  The most important thing is to do is to break up the enzymes in the urine or stole.  The enzymes are what encourage your cat to mark in the same spot again.  Fill a spray bottle with a half-n-half mixture of vinegar, either apple cider or white, and water.  Saturate the area with the solution and pat it dry with a paper towel; repeat and let dry.

- In light of the severe weather experienced in many parts of the country the last couple weeks we note a national survey conducted by the American Humane Society in 2007 that found 43 percent of cat owners would refuse rescue assistance if it meant leaving without the family cat.  This shows the importance of pet evacuation planning prior to an emergency situation.

Cody's final thought:
"Why did the cat join the Red Cross? "
"Because she wanted to be a first-aid kit!"