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Feline Studies - Diploma
Feline Studies - Diploma

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Registration Fee: £30.00

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The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the domestic cat, its evolution, physical make-up and many of its' wild relatives. It will equip students with a good grounding in feline knowledge, how to identify common health problems and understand nutritional requirements.

This course would be useful to al cat owners and those working in the pet care industry including those working in a cattery or veterinary practice.

Course Modules
1. Feline Origins
  • History of the cat
  • Classification of life
  • The classification of the cat
  • What is a mammal?
  • The history and evolution of the domestic cat
  • The earliest cat
  • Today's domestic cat
  • The family Felidae
  • Relatives of the domestic cat
2. Feline Anatomy and Physiology
  • The skeleton and muscles
  • Respiration
  • The nervous system
  • Digestion and food
  • Herbivores
  • Carnivores
  • Omnivores
  • Reproduction: Asexual and sexual
  • Points of the cat
  • General and Specific standards
  • The feline head and body
  • The cat's eyes
  • The cat's olfaction
  • The cat's whiskers
  • Skin and fur
  • The cat's ears
  • The cat's tongue
  • The importance of the Jacobson organ
  • Dentition
  • The construction of the tooth
  • The feline skeleton
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • The heart
  • The lungs
3. Feline Reproduction
  • To breed or not to breed
  • Breeding terms: Cross breeding, outcrossing, line breeding and inbreeding
  • Neutering
  • Advantages of neutering a tom
  • Advantages of neutering a queen
  • The myths of neutering
  • Finding a stud cat
  • The mating cycle
  • The queen's heat cycle
  • The female reproductive system
  • The male reproductive system
  • Caring for the pregnant cat
  • Exercise and food
  • Supplements
  • Medication during pregnancy and lactation
  • Getting ready for the birth of kittens
  • The signs of labour
  • Stages of labour
  • The birth of kittens
  • The Placenta
  • Points to consider
  • Difficult deliveries
  • Premature delivery
  • Stillborns
4. Rearing Kittens
  • The development of kittens
  • Food and nutrition of the queen
  • Weaning the kittens
  • Litterbox training
  • Temperature of kittens
  • The mother
  • Looking after the kitten's health
  • The kitten's immunity to disease
  • Play and learning
  • Play with toys
  • The kitten's new home
  • The breeder and prospective owner
  • Acquiring a kitten : pedigree or non-pedigree
  • Cost involved in looking after a kitten
  • What owners need to look for before acquiring a kitten from a breeder
  • The kitten in its new home
  • Equipment needed for the kitten
  • Introducing your new kitten to its new environment
  • Introducing your new kitten to the resident cat
  • Discipline
  • What sort of cat food to use
  • Socialising
  • Trimming claws
  • Destructiveness
  • Pet identification
  • Hand rearing orphan kittens
  • Nutrition and weaning of orphan kittens
  • Sanitation
  • Environmental conditions
  • Preventing infection or diseases in orphan kittens
  • Nurturing and socialisation
5. Feline Nutrition
  • The importance of nutrition
  • The purpose of food
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Fibre
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Water
  • Specific needs of the cat
  • The natural diet
  • Specific diets
  • Daily requirements
  • The feline digestive system
  • Commercial foods
  • Dry foods
  • Soft-moist foods
  • Balanced canned foods or Wet foods
  • Speciality/Gourmet food
  • Fresh food
6. Common Health Problems
  • What are the signs of a healthy cat?
  • Internal Parasites: Worms
  • External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Flies, Ringworm and mites
  • Infectious diseases: Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV), Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), Feline infectious enteritis, Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP),
  • Organ problems: Chronic kidney (renal) failure, Polycystic kidney disease (PKD), Cardiomyopathy, Feline liver disease, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Hereditary conditions
  • Zoonoses
  • Problems affecting the queen: Pyometra, Eclampsia, Mastitis, Metritis, Uterine Prolaps
  • Problems of old age
  • Vaccinations

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