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Cat Care for Life: An Introduction to Feline Health


Saturday 31st December 2022




Non-members: £99
ISFM members: £99


New course: available now!

As owners and cat professionals, caring for our cats and keeping them healthy is a huge part of our lives.

This online course will give you an introduction into how we can work alongside veterinary professionals to keep cats healthy by helping to prevent disease throughout their lifetimes, knowing the signs and symptoms of diseases that can make our cats sick and knowing how best to look after them to ensure they receive the best care possible.

The course focuses heavily on different diseases that cats can get meaning you will be equipped with knowledge on how to recognise the symptoms of a range of common infectious and non-infectious diseases in cats and understand how your vet may make a diagnosis and potential treatment options for different diseases.

If you work with cats, own them or just have a general interest in cats then this course is for you!

Who can do this course?

  • This course is open to anyone with an interest in cats!
  • SQPs – This course is accredited for 12 hours of CPD by Vetpol

Please note if you are a veterinary nurse or technician (including students) we have specific courses for you. Please take a look at our courses designed for nurses.

The course will cover the following Modules

Module 1: Preventative health care for cats

Prevention is better than cure! This module looks at what to look for when seeking the best veterinary care for our cats, ways to help prevent disease in our cats and how to monitor our cat’s health as they age.

Module 2:  Common non-infectious diseases in cats

Recognising signs and symptoms of disease is hugely important to caring for our cats. Knowing the symptoms and clinical signs of common diseases can mean earlier intervention and more successful treatment. This module focuses on common non-infectious diseases and recognising signs of pain in cats.

Module 3: Common infectious diseases in cats

Infectious diseases put a cat’s health at risk as these diseases can spread between cats. This is particularly important for cats in multi-cat homes or residing in boarding or rescue facilities. Knowing the common signs of these infectious diseases means the risk of spreading disease can be reduced.

Module 4: Administering common medications and first aid for cats

This module takes you through cat friendly handling techniques to make administering medications and veterinary handling less stressful for cats. It also identifies common hazards that cats face in their environments and equips you with what to do in an emergency.

Module 5: Nutrition and feeding behaviour in cats

Cats have important nutritional requirements that we need to recognise to help keep them healthy at different stages of their lives. By also understanding a cat’s natural feeding behaviour we can provide food in a way that suits their needs and improves their health and welfare by reducing the risk of obesity.


Further information

  • This course is on-demand and the course materials will be available as soon as you complete your purchase.
  • The course is self-paced which allows you to study at your own pace without set deadlines. At the end of each module, there is a short quiz which you need to pass to move on to the next module.
  • You have 6 months from the date of your purchase to complete the course, and on successful completion, you will receive a downloadable certificate.
  • The course consists of course materials and short multiple-choice quizzes.

How much does the course cost?

  • £99 (+Tax)
  • Registration now open! Click on the enrol button below.

Get 25% off when you buy this course and Getting the know your cat: An Introduction to Feline Behaviour in the same order.

Add both courses to your basket and use the code ‘bundle25’

If you have any questions about the course or the enrolment process, please contact

Important information

While the course is designed to give the learner an overview of the various health problems that can occur in cats, the course does not replace the knowledge of a qualified veterinary surgeon or veterinarian. While it may help in the understanding and recognition of disease in cats, always consult your veterinary surgeon if you are concerned about your cat’s health in any way.


Course prerequisites and terms and conditions

You must check you have understood and you meet all advertised prerequisites for the course. Please also read the terms and conditions for our distance education courses.

> Distance Education Courses – Prerequisites

> Distance Education Courses – Terms and Conditions