Please note, this course is currently being revised and new course dates will be announced Autumn 2019.
A course for cat owners and non-veterinary cat professionals
Dr Sarah Ellis
iCatCare Feline Behaviour Specialist
"We are very excited to be able to offer this course, written by a multidisciplinary team of recognised experts. Cats are so unique in their behaviour and the more we understand them, the better we can care for them".
If you believe cats should be treated with care, compassion and understanding, then this is the course for you.
This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills in many areas of feline behaviour to ensure you can:
- Develop mutually beneficial relationships with cats
- Provide the best environment for the cats in your care
- Meet their behavioural needs
- Understand how cats develop problem behaviours, how to prevent them and how best to help when faced with problem behaviour
Who can do this course?
This course is designed for cat owners and those living or working with cats in a non-veterinary profession, for example, owners, cat sitters, those running boarding catteries, breeders, those working in homing centres and welfare organisations.
When will it be available?
This course is currently being updated and the new course dates are yet to be announced. Please register your interest and you will be contacted when course dates are published and enrolment is open.
How is this course setup?
This course is online-based to allow you to study from any location at any time. The course is also modular to allow you to fit your study around your work.
How much will this course cost?
The course is currently being updated. Please register your interest and you will be contacted with course costs, dates and enrolment details.
How long will the course take?
The course is currently being updated and the course schedule is yet to be announced, however, the course will take no longer than 2 years.
The course covers the following topics:
- 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 and the relevance of this in ensuring that cats in your care lead happy and healthy lives.
- What do I perceive and what can I say?
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.
- Will I grow up to be happy?
Studying the behavioural development and behavioural health of kittens will aid your ability to give any kittens you care for the best chance of becoming well adjusted pets.
- What do I feel and am I ok?
By being able to recognise the different emotions cats can feel, you will become better skilled at recognising early signs of distress and pain.
- Creating cat friendly homes
Put your newly found knowledge into practice and develop the skills to help cats lead as stress-free lives as possible.
- What do I know and what can I learn?
Understanding how cats learn and how they perceive and evaluate the world around them will help you to develop the training skills to put this knowledge into practice to help the cats in your care.
- Behaviours that can cause problems
By gaining an understanding of problem behaviour in cats – how to prevent them, what causes them, what behavioural first aid is appropriate, where to seek specialist help – you will be better equipped to take the right action to prevent and deal with problem behaviours of cats in your care.