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Feline Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD
Feline Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD

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As well as being an enjoyable course, this is designed to be a serious introduction to the fascinating subject of feline behaviour. Obviously the subject matter is huge and it would be impossible to cover it all in a course of this size, however more advanced courses are planned.

Course Modules
1. Ways of Explaining Feline Behaviour
  • The effects of biology on behaviour
  • Learning and behaviour
  • One trial learning
  • Do cats think?
  • Non verbal communication
  • Anthropomorphism
  • The critical periods
  • Feline Instincts
  • What is a behaviourist?
2. Sexual Behaviour and Birth
  • Reproduction: Asexual and Sexual
  • Sexual maturity in cats
  • The anatomy of reproduction in the queen
  • The behaviour of the queen
  • The anatomy of reproduction in the tom
  • The behaviour of the tom
  • Courtship and mating
  • Artificial Insemination
  • The Pregnancy
  • Birth and problems during the birth
  • After the birth
  • Problems occurring after the birth
3. Kitten and Young Cat Behaviour and Psychology
  • The first few hours of the kitten's life
  • Physical development of the kitten
  • Behavioural development of the kitten
  • Genetic and environmental influences
  • The learning skills including grooming and social learning
  • Weaning
  • Socialisation
  • Classical and Operant Conditioning
  • Positive and negative reinforcement
  • Natural selection theory
  • Innate and learned behaviours
4. Behaviour and Psychology of the Adult Cat
  • Development Psychology of the adult cat
  • Nature and Nurture debate
  • Evolution of the cat
  • The feline sense of sight
  • The feline sense of smell
  • The feline sense of taste
  • The feline sense of hearing
  • The feline sense of touch
  • Maturity: Sexual, Physical and Psychological
  • The cat as a social animal
  • Cat's vocal communication
  • Multi-modal communication
  • The elderly cat
5. Unusual Feline Behaviour
  • What is normal feline behaviour
  • Innate behaviours
  • Unwanted behaviour
  • Redirected behaviours
  • Stereotyptical behaviours
  • Learned helplessness
  • Feline psychogenic alopecia
  • Feline hyperesthesia
  • Feline responses to situations
  • The social world of the cat
  • Marking territory
  • The difference between marking and spraying and inappropriate elimination
  • Learned Aggression
  • Attacking behaviour
  • Fear Aggression
  • Behavioural changes in the elderly cat
  • Why might a cat learn unwanted behaviour
  • How cats learn
6. Avoiding Problem Behaviour
  • The effects of early environment on a kitten
  • Toilet training
  • Playing
  • Stress in cats
  • Minimising stress
  • Introducing other animals
  • Introducing children
  • Cats and dogs
  • Training cats
  • How cats learn
  • Behaviour shaping
  • Clicker training
  • An example of clicker training cats
  • Punishment

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