Course Syllabus: Cat Care and Training 101

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Course Description

If you're a new cat owner, this course is for you.  Understanding a cat is not as simple as understanding a dog. Cats can possess a Buddha-like calmness that exudes wisdom but then exhibit psychotic-like behavior when confronted with a different brand of litter or feeding bowl or (heaven forbid) a new furniture arrangement.

Let's be honest, most cat care books come from individuals looking to lecture you on a certain form of cat care or a different philosophy of life. Declaw or not to declaw--this is a serious question, the answer of which will be reflected in how much you want a cat, not in how much you will love it when it enters your house. Cat care is not about learning to love a cat, but learning to ensure it is healthy and happy. The cat knows how to care for you, now it is time to learn to care for it!

This course covers how to ensure your decision to acquire a cat will fit into your life as much as your new cat wants to fill whatever space it is entering. It is about keeping up with an animal that is committing to you so that you never enter a space where there is no room for it or no room for you in its life. It's about finding a lifelong friend and ensuring it can accompany you for as long as possible, while you are still the smart one in the relationship--knowing about the medical and social needs of the pet. This course is the way all responsible pet owners should start out their pet-ownership--with respect for their animal and a knowledge of how to maximize the enduring relationship available with their dearest friend.

Course Requirements

There are no requirements for this course other than a high school reading level.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Popular Cat Breeds

Lesson 2: Picking Your Cat

Lesson 3: The Basics of Cat Care

Lesson 4: Kitten Care

Lesson 5: Getting the House Ready

Lesson 6: Ensuring Your Cat Has a Clean Bill of Health

Lesson 7: First Aid for Felines

Lesson 8: Special Feline Health Issues

Lesson 9: Cat Emergencies

Lesson 10: Does Your Cat Have Issues? What You Need to Know About Cat Behavior

Lesson 11: Cat Behavior

Lesson 12: Feeling Frisky? All About Cats and Playtime

Lesson 13: The Truth About Training Your Cat

Lesson 14: Training Issues

Lesson 15: Which Life Is Your Cat On? The Facts on Cats and Aging

Lesson 16: Cat Advocacy: Resources and Readings to Get You Active and Involved

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in this course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the elements of caring for a cat.
  • Describe basic first aid for cats.
  • Recognize issues with cats.
  • Describe the best methods to train a cat, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Introduction Assignment1
Lesson 1 Quiz8
Lesson 2 Quiz5
Lesson 3 Quiz5
Lesson 6 Quiz10
Lesson 7 Quiz9
Lesson 8 Quiz5
Lesson 9 Quiz4
Lesson 10 Quiz10
Lesson 11 Quiz7
Lesson 12 Quiz8
Lesson 13 Quiz8
Lesson 15 Quiz10
The Final Exam14
Total Points:104
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