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Getting to know your cat: An introduction to feline behaviour


Saturday 31st December 2022


Online Distance Education


Non-members: £99
ISFM members: £99


Ever wondered how well you really know your cat? Then this course is for you! Aimed at cat owners and feline enthusiasts, this course will give you an introduction into the reasons cats behave in the way they do and how we as owners can best provide for their behavioural needs.

The course has been based on information written by leading feline behaviour experts including Dr Sarah Ellis, Dr John Bradshaw and Vicky Halls, providing you with the most up to date knowledge.

Who can do this course?

This course is open to anyone with an interest in cats!

If you’re a cat owner, work or volunteer with cats or just have an interest in learning more about cats then this course is ideally suited.

SQPs – This course is accredited for 12 hours of CPD by Vetpol


Please note if you currently work with cats and would like to learn about feline behaviour in greater depth we have a tutor-led course Advanced Feline Behaviour for Cat Professionals

If you are a veterinary professional looking to learn about feline behaviour in greater depth we have a tutor-led course Advanced Feline Behaviour for Veterinary Professionals.

The course will cover the following modules:

Module 1: What am I and where did I come from?
Learning about the behavioural ecology, evolution and domestication of the cat will help you understand what makes a cat a cat.

Module 2:  Senses and communication
Getting to grips with the feline senses and how they are utilised in communication will help you understand the best ways to interact with cats, as well as how to manage cat–cat relationships.

Module 3: Understanding welfare and emotions
By being able to recognise the different emotions cats can feel, enables us to assess our cats’ welfare.

Module 4: Creating a cat friendly home
Put your newly found knowledge into practice and develop the skills to help cats lead as stress-free lives as possible at home.

Module 5: Behaviours that cause problems
By gaining an understanding of problem behaviours in cats – how to prevent them, what causes them, what behavioural first aid is appropriate and when more specialist help is needed – you will be better equipped to take the right action.

Further information

  • This course is on-demand – the course materials will be available as soon as you have completed your purchase.
  • The course is self-paced which allows the 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 must be completed within the 6 month period as extensions are not available.
  • The course consists of course materials and short multiple-choice quizzes.

How much does the course cost?

  • £99 (+Tax)

Click on the enrol button to sign up now!

Get 25% off when you buy this course and Cat Care for Life: An Introduction to Feline Health 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 problem behaviours can occur in cats, the course is not designed to teach you to become a qualified cat behaviourist. However, it will be of great use for anyone wishing to pursue a career in clinical animal behaviour or for those already qualified, by providing a solid foundation in many aspects of cat behaviour.


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.

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