About

Everything you need to know about cat and kitten care, including how to choose the right cat, training, nutrition, grooming and healthcare. A complete overview for anyone who works with cats, is thinking of getting a cat, or already owns one. 

What you will learn

  • Pick the Right Cat: Understand what type of cat (ie purebred vs shelter, adult vs kitten, indoor vs outdoor animal) is best for you and feel confident about choosing the pick of the litter
  • Introduce Cats: Know cat body language and the no-hiss way to introduce a new cat to your existing fur-friends
  • Keep your Cat Healthy: Understand basic cat facts such as the preventative healthcare your cat needs and how to keep them physically and mentally fit and well
  • Be Confident about Cat Food and Feeding: Make informed decisions about feeding your cat for optimal good health
  • Grooming and Coat Care: Feel confident about clipping claws and keeping your cat’s coat in pristine condition
  • Cat Communication: Understand what cat body language is telling you about their mood and how this can help you get along together
  • Prevent Boredom: Know how to channel a cat’s natural instinct to climb and scratch, in order to prevent boredom and the cat from becoming destructive
  • Cat Behavior: Understand the importance of play for a cat’s well-being, and how a cat uses their senses to read the world around them
  • Litter Box Best Practice: House soiling can sour a good relationship, so learn how to make a litter box irresistible to decrease the chance of inappropriate toileting.

Requirements

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Lessons

Module 1: Choosing Your Cat

  • Shelter vs Purebred
  • Adult vs kitten
  • Indoor vs outdoor
  • Choosing the kitten / cat
  • Making friends
  • Finding a cat-friendly vet

Module 2: The Healthy Cat

  • What makes a healthy cat?
  • Preventative healthcare
  • Mental stimulation
  • Express Natural Behaviors

Module 3: Grooming

  • Normal grooming behavior
  • Over grooming behavior
  • Caring for your Cat’s Coat(brushing and combing/knots)
  • Clipping claws
  • Bathing

Module 4: Feeding

  • Meat Eating
  • Birth to Leaving home
  • Hunting behavior
  • Feeding preferences
  • Obesity and diets

Module 5: Litter Box Matters

  • Normal toileting
  • Litter Box Success
  • Litter box issues

Module 6: Cat Communication

  • Voice
  • Body Language
  • Marking

Module 7: Cat Behavior

  • Play and learning
  • Senses
  • Society
  • Aggression
  • Mating

Career

Who is this course for

Whether you are a first time owner or experienced cat guardian, this course is purr-fect if you want to:

  • Understand the essentials of feline preventative healthcare, including the latest news on heart worm in cats.
  • Have an appetite to understand cat food and feeding, such as what to feed, how, and when for optimal good health.
  • Learn practical cat facts such as how to groom, clip claws, and bathe your cat
  • Decode cat body language, behavior, and communication into something you understand
  • Prevent boredom and channel antisocial behaviors, such as climbing or scratching, into less destructive activities
  • Uncover the secrets of good cat litter box habits so that house soiling becomes less likely

Career path

  • Candidates with an interest in working with cats
  • Anyone interested in a career in petsitting, cat rescue or animal care
  • Those interested in owning cats, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
  • Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion

Certification

You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

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    About

    Everything you need to know about cat and kitten care, including how to choose the right cat, training, nutrition, grooming and healthcare. A complete overview for anyone who works with cats, is thinking of getting a cat, or already owns one. 

    What you will learn

    • Pick the Right Cat: Understand what type of cat (ie purebred vs shelter, adult vs kitten, indoor vs outdoor animal) is best for you and feel confident about choosing the pick of the litter
    • Introduce Cats: Know cat body language and the no-hiss way to introduce a new cat to your existing fur-friends
    • Keep your Cat Healthy: Understand basic cat facts such as the preventative healthcare your cat needs and how to keep them physically and mentally fit and well
    • Be Confident about Cat Food and Feeding: Make informed decisions about feeding your cat for optimal good health
    • Grooming and Coat Care: Feel confident about clipping claws and keeping your cat’s coat in pristine condition
    • Cat Communication: Understand what cat body language is telling you about their mood and how this can help you get along together
    • Prevent Boredom: Know how to channel a cat’s natural instinct to climb and scratch, in order to prevent boredom and the cat from becoming destructive
    • Cat Behavior: Understand the importance of play for a cat’s well-being, and how a cat uses their senses to read the world around them
    • Litter Box Best Practice: House soiling can sour a good relationship, so learn how to make a litter box irresistible to decrease the chance of inappropriate toileting.

    Requirements

    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

    Lessons

    Module 1: Choosing Your Cat

    • Shelter vs Purebred
    • Adult vs kitten
    • Indoor vs outdoor
    • Choosing the kitten / cat
    • Making friends
    • Finding a cat-friendly vet

    Module 2: The Healthy Cat

    • What makes a healthy cat?
    • Preventative healthcare
    • Mental stimulation
    • Express Natural Behaviors

    Module 3: Grooming

    • Normal grooming behavior
    • Over grooming behavior
    • Caring for your Cat’s Coat(brushing and combing/knots)
    • Clipping claws
    • Bathing

    Module 4: Feeding

    • Meat Eating
    • Birth to Leaving home
    • Hunting behavior
    • Feeding preferences
    • Obesity and diets

    Module 5: Litter Box Matters

    • Normal toileting
    • Litter Box Success
    • Litter box issues

    Module 6: Cat Communication

    • Voice
    • Body Language
    • Marking

    Module 7: Cat Behavior

    • Play and learning
    • Senses
    • Society
    • Aggression
    • Mating

    Career

    Who is this course for

    Whether you are a first time owner or experienced cat guardian, this course is purr-fect if you want to:

    • Understand the essentials of feline preventative healthcare, including the latest news on heart worm in cats.
    • Have an appetite to understand cat food and feeding, such as what to feed, how, and when for optimal good health.
    • Learn practical cat facts such as how to groom, clip claws, and bathe your cat
    • Decode cat body language, behavior, and communication into something you understand
    • Prevent boredom and channel antisocial behaviors, such as climbing or scratching, into less destructive activities
    • Uncover the secrets of good cat litter box habits so that house soiling becomes less likely

    Career path

    • Candidates with an interest in working with cats
    • Anyone interested in a career in petsitting, cat rescue or animal care
    • Those interested in owning cats, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
    • Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion

    Certification

    You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

    Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

    All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

    7197 Students

    Guarantee

    Accredited

    Accredited