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Study Cat Psychology and Training

Course Code: BAG222 | Course Duration: 100 hours

  • Learn how cats think
  • When you know how they think, it becomes easier to manage their behaviour
  • When you can manage their behaviour, you become a valued as someone in the pet industry

A course for Cat Owners or Professionals

Some will take this course to better understand and care for their own cats; others will take it for professional development.

The pet industry always needs trained people now.  There are never enough people with formal training and capable skills to meet employment demand. 

  • Work with cats in pet retail, as an animal behaviour consultant or cat trainer. 
  • Work for any cats protection or welfare agency.
  • Work in control of feral cats or in land-based industry.
  • Work in self-employment, gain credentials and skills, have confidence in your service.

The opportunities are limitless!


What's Covered in this Course?

There are eight lessons in this course. 

This course covers:

Lesson 1. Nature and Scope of Cat Psychology

  • Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Cat Industries
  • Differentiating health and behavioural issues
  • Feline Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Stress

Lesson 2. Cat Senses and Communication

  • Understanding Cat communications
  • Sounds made by the Cat
  • Body Language
  • Smell
  • Hearing

Lesson 3. Understanding Natural Behaviour in Cats

  • Aggression
  • Scratch Fever
  • Cat Behavioural Development
  • Biological Rhythms and Sleep
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Maternal Behaviour
  • Eating and Drinking

Lesson 4. Behavioural Disorders/Abnormalities

  • Nature or Nurture
  • Sensitive Periods
  • Neurological Development
  • Sleep
  • Play
  • Cat Temperament Tests
  • How Breeds Differ

Lesson 5. Basic Training

  • Aggression
  • Redirected Aggression
  • Maternal Aggression
  • Idiopathic Aggression
  • Dealing with Aggression
  • Housebreaking
  • Inappropriate Elimination
  • Excessive Vocalisation
  • Geriatric Dysfunction
  • Controlling killing of Wildlife
  • Eating Disorders
  • Abnormal Suckling
  • Separation Anxiety

Lesson 6. Obedience Training

  • Forming Habits
  • Train them Early
  • Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Socialisation
  • House Training
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Scratching
  • Catching Vermin
  • Tricks
  • Discipline

Lesson 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

Lesson 8. Operating a Cat Business

  • Problem Based Learning Project. This assessed piece of work develops key skills employers wants such as planning, critical thinking and reflecting.

What might you will learn!

  • Understanding of feline psychology.
  • How to manage and influence the behaviour of cats.
  • How to describe how cats think.
  • Ways cats communicate.
  • How to formulate ways humans may communicate with cats.
  • To read communication signals that cats give.
  • How behavioural characteristics change in different life stages.
  • Common occurring behavioural problems in cats.
  • Techniques for training cats.
  • Strategies to manage the behaviour of cats.
  • Knowledge on running your own cat-related business.


Cats have their own Way of thinking

Could you really be a cat whisperer? Have you ever asked yourself "does my cat love me?"

Study this course and your knowledge and understanding of cat behaviour will grow, and your ability to respond appropriately in order to manage cats will increase.


If you are unsure whether this course is the best way for you to learn about cat behaviour - talk with us.  Email admin@acs.edu.au and ask to be connected with a course counsellor. This is not a sales person - it is an academic staff member who understands the courses and the pet industry, and they will help you to explore the best way for you to learn what you need to know.



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