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Advanced Feline Behaviour - Diploma
Advanced Feline Behaviour Diploma

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As a result of popular demand this programme has been introduced to allow students of Feline Behaviour and Psychology to progress their studies to a higher level. The course is aimed at those planning to work with cats or those already working with cats on a professional basis although it would also be of interest to those cat owners who want an in depth knowledge of cat behaviour.
Course Modules

1. The Effects of Domestication
  • The cat as a mammal; the evolution of the cat and its classification
  • The domestication of the cat and how artificial selection has led to the development of the breeds
  • Normal feline behaviour - comparing the time budgets of a wild cat with a domesticated one
  • Social groupings of cats, including a look at the different species of felids
  • The inheritance of genes for physical and behavioural characteristics

2. The Feline Brain and Senses
  • The differences between the divisions of the nervous system
  • The different neural pathways between voluntary and involuntary behaviour
  • The structure of the nervous system
  • Overview of the brain and the functions of the various parts
  • Neurotransmitters and how they affect feline behaviour
  • The senses of the cat and how they differ from other species, The formation of memories

3. Internal Influences on Behaviour
  • Homeostasis and the normal physiology of the body
  • The effects of diet on behaviour
  • How health and physiology can affect feline behaviour
  • Various medical conditions are covered, and their behavioural effects
  • The effects of hormones on behaviour
  • The effects of pharmacology on behaviour

4. External Influences on Behaviour
  • The external factors that can affect the behaviour of a cat
  • The environment in which the cat lives, and the experiences it has had
  • The interactions between other cats, and also with people
  • The importance of socialisation in early life, and sensitive periods
  • The different ways that cats learn
  • Scientific research that has been carried out into the social development of kittens
  • The problems that can occur due to poor socialisation
  • The ways that cats cope with environmental pressure
  • The effects of a cattery environment on behaviour and stress levels

5. Identifying Causes of Problem Behaviour
  • Maintaining a professional image when dealing with clients and the veterinary profession when working as a behaviourist
  • The importance of excellent communication skills
  • The business aspects of working as a behaviourist, such as insurance and code of conduct
  • Dealing with clients, using tact or sympathy when dealing with clients and difficult situations
  • The many possible causes of a particular behavioural problem (root causes of behaviour)
  • Environment, nature, nurture, pharmacological, physiological causes, and how more than one of these could be the cause of a problem
  • How we can diagnose the cause of behaviour, by asking questions and analysing the situation
  • Designing history sheets to use during client consultations

6. Dealing with Problem Behaviour
  • Giving instructions to clients and holding a behavioural consultation
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Devising suitable behavioural treatment programmes
  • Different approaches to behavioural modification including the principles of reinforcement
  • Dealing with fear responses in cats
  • Prevention of problems
  • Designing promotional material
  • Case study of a behavioural problem

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