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Learn to understand the psychology of cats and how to manage and train them.

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  • Understand how cats behave.
  • Learn how cats communicate.
  • Learn about cat behaviour training.


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Understand Cat Behaviour.


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  • Cat communication
  • Cat behaviour training
  • Cat behaviour
  • Course duration: 100 hours of self paced study.  Start the course at any time and study at a pace to suit you.
Cats are 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 scratching furniture.


This course 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 

  • Introduction.
  • Terminology.
  • Cat Industries.
  • Differentiating Health and Behavioural Issues.
  • Feline Diabetes.
  • Kidney Disease.
  • Stress.

2. Cat Senses and Communication 

  • Understanding Cat Communications.
  • Sounds Made by the Cat.
  • Body Language.
  • Smell.
  • Hearing.

3. Understanding Natural Behaviour in Cats 

  • Aggression.
  • 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.
  • Sleep.
  • Play.
  • Cat Temperament Tests.
  • How Breeds Differ.

5. Basic Training 

  • Aggression.
  • Redirected Aggression.
  • Maternal Aggression.
  • Ideopathic Aggression.
  • Dealing with Aggression.
  • Housebreaking.
  • 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.
  • Conditioning.
  • Operant Conditioning.
  • Socialisation.
  • House Training.
  • Grooming.
  • Bathing.
  • Scratching.
  • Catching Vermin.
  • Tricks.
  • Discipline.

7. Cat Behaviour Management 

  • Cat Doors.
  • Microchipping and Registering.
  • Coming when Called.
  • Energy Release Activities.
  • Neutering.
  • Drug Treatment.
  • Nice Smells.
  • Getting Used to a Cage.
  • Managing Climbing.

8. Operating a Cat Business

  • PBL Project.

Course Aims

  • 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.

To communicate 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. 

Cat 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). 

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Meet some of our academics

Alison Pearce (animal)B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Masters Degree in Ecotourism. P.G.Cert. Ed. (Science). Alison's first job was in 1982 as a stockwoman, working with pigs in Yorkshire. Within a few years she of that she was working for the University of Western Australia as a Research Technician and instructor with their school of Agricultural Science.In 1989 she moved to Melbourne University as Unit Manager and Instructor in Animal Husbandry. By the mid 1990's she moved back to England to work in Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing at Cambridgeshire College of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Alison has developed and delivered courses in veterinary nursing and animal sciences for vocational colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and Australia. She has built a high level of expertise and an outstanding international reputation as an expert in animal sciences.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Peter Douglas Over 50 years experience in Agriculture and wildlife management. Former university lecturer, Wildlife park manager, Animal breeder, Equestrian. Peter has both wide ranging experience in animal science, farming and tourism management, and continues to apply that knowledge both through his work with ACS, and beyond.

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