This interesting and challenging 4 module advanced feline behaviour course is designed for those interested in studying Feline Behaviour and Psychology at a higher level.
The course explores many of the subjects relevant to understanding cats and increasing their welfare by examining their behaviour and psychology. The course is relevant to those interested in the behaviour of their own cats, as well as those working with or hoping to work with cats in a rescue, rehabilitation or veterinary environment.
We recommend that students wishing to discover this subject first complete the Level 3 Cat Behaviour and Psychology Diploma course.
Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 90 hours CPD
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The first module explores the psychological factors that contribute to the behaviour of the domestic cat, and the major influences within the internal systems and the brain of the cat which can affect behaviour.
This module looks at behavioural disorders and abnormalities within the domestic cat, the causation factors, and the problems that can result from psychological damage. The module also explores the common behavioural problems that you may see in cats, and their underlying causes.
Following on from module 2, this module looks at the key techniques involved in behavioural counselling and diagnostics, and effective and appropriate behaviour modification techniques. You will also examine the influence that underlying health and physiological causes can have on feline behaviour.
This module concentrates on influences on behaviour – both internally from the bodies’ own physiology, and externally from the care and environment of the cat which is out of their control. This final module will bring all of the information from the course together and explore some case studies of cat behaviour.
£175 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £70
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
The domestic cat, Felis catus, is a small domesticated, carnivorous mammal with a complex domestication history that has shaped the species’ psychological pathways and thus, behaviour.
Cats are often valued by humans for companionship, and their ability to hunt vermin and household pests, but they are also often the victims of poor welfare, including neglect and deliberate abuse.
Cats are also numerous, being efficient survivalists they are capable of producing many offspring with relatively little resources.
This factor also contributes to their poor welfare worldwide.
Cats have recently been the subject of many scientific studies investigating psychology, behaviour and the capacity to learn, and as a result there is a wealth of knowledge on the domestic species.
‘Intelligence’ is defined as the capacity of an organism to:
Learn, solve problems, and adapt behaviour to suit changes in its environment.
Research has shown that the species has the ability to acquire new behaviour that applies previously learned knowledge to new situations, communicating needs and desires within a social group, and responding to training cues.
The intelligence of cats and their capacity to learn is a heavily debated subject and is tested via several methods.
Some mammalian neuroscientists have attempted to define intelligence in cats by stimulating the feline brain in order to understand the regions of the brain that control feline intelligence, and understand the origins of cat intelligence.
One of the methods of determining the level of intelligence in a species is by looking at brain size, structure and function and comparing to higher mammals.
According to researchers from the Brain Research Institute, Germany, the brain of the domesticated cat is approximately 5 centimetres (2.0 inches) in length and weighs between 25 and 30 g
The typical size of a cat is approximately 60 cm in length with a weight of approximately 3.3kg which means the brain stands at 0.91% of a domestic cat’s total body mass.
Alone this fact does not provide us with much information, but if this is used to compare the brain to body mass ratio to that of mammals which are considered ‘intelligent species’, it can lead to some conclusion being made on the level of intelligence that the domestic cat possesses