October 2008
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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

November 15-16, 2008
TICA - Glass CiTICAts
Radisson Hotel
17123 N Laurel Park Dr
Livonia, MI 48152

November 29-30, 2008
CFA - Chicago Short Hair
DePage Co. Fairgrounds
Main Building #1
2015 Manchester Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187

December 13-14, 2008
Allen Park Community Ctr
15800 White Street
Allen Park, MI

January 10-11, 2009
Lucas County Rec Ctr
Maumee, OH 43537

January 24-25, 2009
CFA - Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers
Allen Park Community Ctr
15800 White Street
Allen Park, MI

February 14-15, 2009
Lucas County Rec Ctr
Maumee, OH 43537
Looking for a good book, or the perfect gift?
Amazon Book

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:

Great Lakes Cat Furniture has been sold to The Wood Source of Grand Rapids MI.  The craftsmen of Great Lakes Cat Furniture have moved over to The Wood Source and will continue producing the same quality product that has become a leader in the cat furniture industry.

The Wood Source has been in business in Western Michigan for over 15 years making a full line of real wood furniture for your home.  Their customer base extends across the entire United States.  This purchase allows them to expand their product offering to include pet furniture.  An immediate, but small change, that you will notice as we go forward will be in the name from "Cat" Furniture to "Pet" Furniture.

An early advantage is a larger facility which will allow us to increase production and shorten the amount of time between receiving an order and shipping to the customer.  It also gives us an opportunity to introduce new products that we have been wanting to do but haven't had the resources or time until now.  As with any new venture there are always a few kinks to work out so please be patient, but do share in our enthusiasm knowing this is a very positive change.

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 Black-Eyed-Susan
A colorful focalpoint in any decor
The Black-Eyed-Susan is a tree that is ideal for the owner who does not have a lot of room for a cat tree.  This unit stands only Black Eyed Susanfour feet seven inches high, and is surrounded by four leaves that extend fifty-four inches from leaf tip to leaf tip.  The leaves are positioned on the trunk in a space saving manner so that the cat tree can slide closer to a wall or right up against a window to increase your cats' enjoyment of surveying the outside environment.

Each of the four leaves is contoured and lined with a thermal liner to retain your cats' body heat for added comfort.  There are four holes in the trunk to keep the most inquisitive cat busy, or to provide a quiet spot to rest when the cat wants to be left alone.  The trunk is wrapped in commercial grade carpet that cats just love to dig their claws into when scratching or stretching, and because it is of such high quality it will give you years of trouble free wear.  A wide round base provides stability and guarantees the cat tree will not tip under normal use.

A reminder that all of our medium or large trees are built with interchangeable parts.  Meaning if a leaf gets damaged you can replace just the leaf and not have to replace the entire tree because of one unsightly part.  The same holds true for the top and base - both spin on/spin off, and are easily replaced.  This feature alone adds tremendous value to a Great Lakes Cat Tree and extends the usability far beyond any of the product made by our competition.  Our value is greater than our price.

For all the details of the Black-Eyed-Susan go to:

Many people interested in the Black-Eyed are also interested in:      Tropical Flower
The Burden on Animal Shelters
Strain is felt because of economic hard times

Cat in cageThe New York Times recently published an article in which they asked, "With all the talk of bulls and bears lately, what's happening to cats and dogs?"

Good questions, and one that as pet lovers we need to be aware of in these economic hard times and how it is affecting us personally.

Animal shelters across the nation report a sharp increase in the number of monthly calls from people looking for help to keep their animals.  The cages at humane society facilities are filled with animals they cannot adopt into new homes and this unfortunately results in more euthanasia of pets that cannot be placed.  It was reported that 57 percent of shelters and rescue groups were seeing a decrease in adoptions.  Veterinarians fear an increase in having to treat more serious problems because pet owners are forgoing routine checkups to save a few dollars even though early diagnoses of most problems can save money in the long run.

We are only a few weeks into these current financially troubling times.  What's going to happen if this downturn worsens, or if it simply doesn't get better for an extended period?  There are a lot of good, sound, and creative ideas that people have about saving money while at the same time maintaining a high level of care for your pet.  We are asking you to share your ideas with us; what are you doing to save money while at the same time providing continued good care for your cat?  Send us an email by using the link below, and let us know what is working for you.  Next month we will share these ideas and hopefully though our group effort we will all come away with some new ideas or course of action that will help us maintain or make life better for our feline friends.

The more input we get the better chance we have of helping someone, and that "someone" may be you.  So please, don't be shy, send us an email while you are thinking about it.

Click on this link and fill in the email form with a tip of how you are maintaining a high level of cat care during these economic hard times:

Is your cat depressed?
Would you know how to recognize depression?

cat depressionYes, cats can suffer from depression.  And just like in humans if it continues and goes untreated it can lead to a long list of more serious trouble.

The first defense you have in helping a cat suffering from depression is "knowledge".   You need to know the "base line" of what is normal behavior for your cat, and the best way to establish that is observation and discussion with your vet about what is normal.  Once you have this starting point the next thing is to know what to do in the event your pet crosses the line.  We don't mean crossing the line once or twice, because we all know, by their very nature they are constantly challenging us.  If you have a good understanding of what is "normal" then it is easier for you to recognize a pattern of change. 

Some change can be very subtle and difficult to comprehend, while other may be easily recognized.  The fact that cats are experts at hiding or masking symptoms of more serious trouble makes our job more difficult.  Here is a partial list of "change" designed to increase your awareness:
  • Increased sleeping
  • Normally outgoing - becomes withdrawn
    • hides under furniture
    • avoids interaction with humans or other pets
  • Becomes aggressive
    • uncharacteristic biting
    • scratching
    • hissing
  • Overeating
  • Change in grooming habits
  • Constant meowing
  • Change in playing habits
  • Neediness
  • Change in litterbox habits - spraying
  • Hair loss, or perhaps spots of different color in the fur
You become aware of change in your cats' behavior, so what do you do?  The first thing is to take your cat to the vet to rule out any medical problem.  Some signs of depression can be confusing because they also could be your first indicator of a medical problem; such as over-grooming may be an indicator of an allergic reaction.

When you have ruled out the possibility of a medical problem it would then be a good idea to check the environment.  Cats are very predictable, habit forming creatures, that thrive in routine and even a slight change in their world can be stressful, and the cause of depression.  Make sure you haven't gotten off schedule in cleaning the litterbox, or perhaps you are buying litter from a new source - its no different to you, but it sure is to your cat.  Maybe you introduced a new pet in the home, or perhaps the teenagers are bringing their friends home more frequently.  Environmental changes that have a negative effect on your cat can be very difficult to identify, but success depends on your willingness to keep looking for them.

What do you do for a depressed cat when the cause is not medical and you have not identified an environmental cause?  Most experts advise you begin by paying more attention to the cat during periods of stress.  Schedule quality play time, time for grooming, or even time for training - all these reinforce the one-on-one relationship and gives the cat a "warm and fuzzy" feeling.  You may introduce a catnip toy that helps in the 'feel good' effort and rekindles the interest in interactive play.  You might try introducing new toys the cat has not played with before.  The introduction of a new cat tree or window perch can create new and exciting activity beneficial to the cat.  Be creative - look for new and varied activities to engage and come in physical contact with your cat. 

When your efforts don't seem to be enough to bring your cat out of the depths of its depression you may have to turn to a professional pet behavior counselor, and/or put your cat on antidepressant drugs.  The best advise you can get in these areas will be from your veterinarian so trust their advise.

The worse thing you can do if your cat is suffering from depression is too ignore it, thinking the cat will get over it by itself with time. Not true.  If your cat is showing any of the signs indicative of depression you should immediately start evaluating its health and environment and seek professional assistance as early as possible.

(If your solution includes the possible introduction of a new cat tree, be sure the check out the options available on our website)
Cody's Corner
Miscellaneous Kibble
Cody-"Trick or Treat - if you trick me I'll never forgive you - but if you treat me I'll never forget you, especially if its a new cat tree".

-"I'll be sure to put this on my list of things to use everyday - two new vocabulary words - a group of adult cats is called a 'clowder', while a group of kittens is a 'kindle' - who do you suppose came up with those terms?"

-According to a recent Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) survey here are some of the most unusual cat names among its more than 465,000 pets insured nationwide:
1. Edward Scissorpaws
2. Sir Lix-a-lot
3. Optimus Prrrime
4. Buddah Pest
5. Snoop Kitty Kitty
6. Miss Fuzzbutt
7. 80 bucks
8. Sparklemonkey
9. Rosie Posie Prozac
10. Toot Uncommon

- You have all known that indoor cats live longer than their outdoor relatives, but have you ever wondered how much longer?  The Humane Society has stats that show on average an outdoor cat will live to the age of 5, that's about 36 in human years.  Indoor cats often live into their late teens and even early twenties - and that equates to a human in their late 90's.

Cody's final thought:
"What did the cat say when he lost all his money in the market? "
"I'm paw!"