Understand Cat Behaviour.
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- Course duration: 100 hours of self paced study. Start the course at any time and study at a pace to suit you.
wonderful creatures, but they can be annoying and infuriating at times.
Many cat owners will know the irritations of scratched furniture and
cats who do not listen to what they say. Owners have tried many
different options at training their cats, including punishment, but some
would argue that cats cannot be trained. Can they? Well, yes they can
or they can be persuaded to act in certain ways. Some cats can be
trained to walk on a lead/leash. Others can be trained to fetch balls.
Whilst most cats may not be trained to perform tricks, we can use cat
psychology to prevent negative and destructive behaviour, like
COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
is spread over 8 lessons; each one having comprising study text, set
tasks for experiential and applied learning, and an assignment which
provides an opportunity for personal interaction with an expert tutor.
The lessons are:
1. Nature and Scope of Cat Psychology
- Cat Industries.
- Differentiating Health and Behavioural Issues.
- Feline Diabetes.
- Kidney Disease.
2. Cat Senses and Communication
- Understanding Cat Communications.
- Sounds Made by the Cat.
- Body Language.
3. Understanding Natural Behaviour in Cats
- Scratch Fever.
- Cat Behavioural Development.
- Biological Rhythms and Sleep.
- Sexual Behaviour.
- Maternal Behaviour.
- Eating and Drinking.
4. Behavioural Disorders/Abnormalities
- Nature or Nurture.
- Sensitive Periods.
- Neurological Development.
- Cat Temperament Tests.
- How Breeds Differ.
5. Basic Training
- Redirected Aggression.
- Maternal Aggression.
- Ideopathic Aggression.
- Dealing with Aggression.
- Inappropriate Elimination.
- Excessive Vocalisation.
- Geriatric Dysfunction.
- Controlling the Killing of Wildlife.
- Eating Disorders.
- Abnormal Suckling.
- Separation Anxiety
6. Obedience Training
- Forming Habits.
- Train them Early.
- Operant Conditioning.
- House Training.
- Catching Vermin.
7. Cat Behaviour Management
- Cat Doors.
- Microchipping and Registering.
- Coming when Called.
- Energy Release Activities.
- Drug Treatment.
- Nice Smells.
- Getting Used to a Cage.
- Managing Climbing.
8. Operating a Cat Business
- Understand cat psychology and apply that knowledge to manage and influence the behaviour of cats.
- Describe how cats think, and discuss the relevance of understanding cat psychology to people.
- Explain how cats communicate; and formulate an understanding of possible ways that a human may communicate with a cat.
- Understand behaviours that are natural, hence predictable in cats; and learn to read signals that cats give.
- Explain how cats develop behavioural characteristics throughout stages of their life.
- Describe commonly occurring behavioural problems in cats.
Describe techniques for training cats
- Implement measures to manage the behaviour of cats.
- Develop knowledge on running your own cat business.
Communicating with Cats
Communication is a two way street. It involves receiving messages and imparting massages.
Unless both parties are both sending and receiving messages accurately, there is no real communication going on.
This remains true, no matter whether you are communicating with an animal, or another person.
with cats, you must learn to send them messages which they can
comprehend, and also understand messages which they send back to you.
A cat can
become very distressed and/or stressed if they are being misunderstood,
so it is important to be aware of what their different methods of
communication are and what their signals mean.
communication is the method a cat uses to communicate with other cats,
animals and humans. A cat may communicate through movement, posture,
noise and chemical signals. The communication processes a cat uses have
been changed by the process of domesticating them into the human world.
Why Study This Course
- To learn to manage your own pet cats better.
- For working with cats (in a pet shop, as an animal behaviour consultant or cat trainer, etc).
- To control feral cats.
- For insights into working with wild cats (eg. lions, tigers etc).