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Cat Psychology Course
This Cat Psychology Course is set at Level 3 and designed for those working with cats as well as those wanting to enter a career with cats, including working for animal charity catteries, private boarding catteries and people working as cat behaviourists.
Learn about the psychological and physiological factors that influence cat behaviour, natural feline behaviours, how cats communicate, social organisation, cats as predators, understanding and managing feline stress and feline body language.
This 6 module course is also of relevance for cat owners who want to gain a better understanding of cat psychology and behaviour.
Feline Psychology & Understanding natural behaviour in the cat
Module 1 looks at psychological and physiological factors that influence the behaviour of Felis catus. You will learn about development and its stages, the social environment and factors influencing the mother-kitten relationship. Module one continues with examining individuality, development & stability, genetics (basic introduction), environmental variation & individuality and, the endocrine system (hormones)
Origins & Social Organisation
The second module is all about the evolutionary pathway of the domestic cat (Felis catus) and, how the domestic cat has a social organisation in which co-operative behaviours are seen as well as cat-cat competition.
Social Interactions Compared
This third module is all about communication between cats and the origins of signalling behaviour. Learn how cats communicate with each other? What are they saying? Module three then explores how the domestic cat can be compared directly to other cat species both large and small.
Predatory Behaviour & Enrichment
The domestic cat is a predator and their behaviours and physiology are set to hunt. In module 4, you will learn about how their body is modified to allow effective hunting and that the domestic cat must be allowed to hunt. You are expected to show your understanding of these needs by matching the various physiological and behavioural modifications, to effect enrichment for domestic cats.
Learn more about their vocalisations as well as cat personalities & human perceptions and, cats as social partners. The module also explores troublesome behaviour especially cat-human aggression and, how to begin to manage feline stress and prevent harm to people.
Behavioural & Genetics
Module six provides and introduction to genetic principles and genetic research of Felis catus. Current knowledge of nature (genetic determination) versus nurture (environment), individual differences and coat colour-behaviour relationships are examined.
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)