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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn online the psychology of cats. Understand how to manage behaviours and train them. 

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

Looking after cats is more than caring for their physical needs. The emotional needs of cats need to be cared for to keep them happy. 

Cats are complex animals. Learn new skills to make your work with cats more effective than ever. 








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Understand Domestic and Wild Cat Behaviour

Learn about:

  • Cat communication - domestic and wild cats 
  • Cat behaviour training - domestic cats
  • Cat behaviour
  • Cat business management 

Course duration and pace: 100 hours of self paced study. Start the course at any time and study at a pace to suit you. Take 12 months to complete the course with as much or as little tutor guidance or support as you need. 

Cats are wonderful creatures. They are inquisitive and independent, affectionate and aloof.
Anyone who knows cats will know they can display certain natural behaviours which result in incidents or damage which is frustrating or costly for humans. Ask your cat not to scratch the furniture and it's unlikely they will listen. 
This course will take you through strategies which can be implemented to ensure that cats can be persuaded to act to act in certain ways. Whilst most cats may not be trained to perform in certain ways, we can use cat psychology to prevent negative and destructive behaviour, like scratching furniture.


This course is spread over 8 lessons.

Each lessons is comprised of the study text, set tasks for practical 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

  • Problem Based Learning Project which is designed to help you think about your cat business. Work closely with your tutor for support. 


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 for operating your own cat business.


Communicating with Cats

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

  • The industry desperately needs trained people now! There are not enough people with the formal knowledge for the jobs available. 

  • For working directly with cats (in a pet shop, as an animal behaviour consultant or cat trainer etc). 

  • For working for any cats protection or welfare agency. Almost every role requires the staff to have developed understanding of cats. 

  • To work in control of feral cats or in land based industry. 

  • For insights into working with wild cats (eg. lions, tigers) in paid or voluntary posts. 

  • To work in self-employment and have credentials and a skills-base to give your customers confidence in your service. 

  • To develop some key skills as an online learner. 

What are you waiting for ... the opportunities are limitless! 






The animal industry needs suitably skilled and confident people now! Today one of the biggest cat protection agencies in the UK is advertising close to 50 vacancies! 

Gain a Statement of Attainment in Cat Psychology and Training and demonstrate exactly how much you know cats. This course content is not limited to domestic cats. If you are seeking opportunities working with wild cat populations, you should view this course as professional development in your role. 

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Meet some of our academics

Kara WightKara Wight - Animal Scientist, Photographer and Business woman. BSc (Applied Bioscience and Zoology), HND (Animal Care), HND (Photography & Imaging) Kara gained an HND in Animal Care and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology. She has a wide range of experience working with animals such dogs, small pets, birds, zoo animals, British wildlife and reptiles. Kara gained this experience working within animal parks, canine rescue centres and a wildlife hospital. She also managed an animal care training facility for a college. At this training facility she instructed and lectured students within Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing from National Certificate level to Higher National Diploma levels. Kara also gained an HND in Photography and Imaging and has 5 years’ experience within this sector. She ran a small portraiture and wedding photography business and also exhibited work in art exhibitions. Kara gained more experience photographing sporting and festival events. Kara currently runs a pet care and training business in the UK and also has entry to undertake her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law this academic year.
Melissa LeistraBachelor Education, Masters Human Nutrition
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.

Check out our eBooks

Animal PsychologyExplore how animals think and comare how this differs between different animals (and humans)
Cat Care This ebook is a comprehensive guide to caring for and understanding our feline friends. The association between humans and cats—dates back about 5000 years — although this is not long in the history of human life. The exact origin of cat domestication is often debated by historians. It is known that Egyptian populations held cats in high esteem. In fact, cats were an object of worship. Some figures of cats exist in gold and bronze and numerous paintings depict the importance of cats in Egyptian life. The Romans later recognised the useful nature of cats for pest control in grain stores or in military bases for example. It is thought the distribution of cats throughout Europe can be attributed the Roman Empire’s original use of cats. Cats as pets now outdo their canine equivalents today across the globe, and it is estimated there may be around 90 million cats as pets living in homes in the USA. Cats may be considered a better choice of pet than dogs for people living busier lives or who live in relatively confined spaces (e.g. flats or townhouses), as they require less exercise than dogs, and tend to their own needs and are generally more independent. The explosion of pet cats over the recent decades has led to the emergence of many cat care industries. There are specialists across veterinary health, rehoming and adoption facilities, pet boarding properties, grooming, breeding and reproductive health and the behaviour and training industry. If you are going to keep a pet cat, you need to be prepared to provide for its basic needs as an absolute minimum: food, water, shelter, stimulation (mental and physical) and appropriate health care. Additionally, it is responsible to control cats within reason, reducing any impact upon neighbouring property or wildlife. This is called containment.
Carnivore AnimalsLearn about mammals of the Order Carnivora which includes such animals as dogs, wolves, bears, racoons, cats, weasels, hyenas, seals, sea lions and walruses. This book covers an array of facts about the biological characteristics of different groups of carnivores. Learn about the anatomy, habitat, behaviour, physiology, diet and reproduction of different carnivores. The eBook also covers the relationships between humans and carnivores, both in the context of managing domestic and wild carnivores.
Horse CareThis book is an accumulation of information from biology, agricultural science and veterinary medicine. It looks to explore and explain the fundamentals of appropriate horse care aims and techniques. In doing so it will consider horsemanship as a combination of art and science.