Online Class: Cat Care and Training 101

Learn about your cat, its behaviors, and how to properly care for it in this cat care course which covers the basics of cat care, understanding cat behaviors, knowing cat health guidelines, when to schedule veterinary visits, types of feline first aid, cat training, and what to expect in the cat aging process.

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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.


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  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(1,125 votes)

Lesson 1: Popular Cat Breeds

Whether you prefer to select your pet by its aesthetics, its reputation as a breed, or the look on its face in the shelter, it is important to set that bond you'll keep with your pet as early as possible. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Picking Your Cat

When you are picking your cat, you should first know what you're looking for, and then you can create a chart that can be of great help in nailing down the perfect specimen for your needs, and your family. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: The Basics of Cat Care

Here we will discuss the basics of owning a cat, including purchase, veterinary visits, and cat behavior. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Litter Box
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Kitten Care

Assuming you are going with a kitten, the first thing to do is assess its health. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video

Lesson 5: Getting the House Ready

How your cat uses the facilities says as much about how well it has been trained, as it does how good a job you are doing as an owner. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video

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

Although cats have distinct personalities, they also share a lot of similarities. In order to keep your cat healthy and contented, follow these guidelines. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Petting Cats
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: First Aid for Felines

In this lesson, we will discuss how to deal with injuries and choking. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Special Feline Health Issues

Feline lower urinary tract disease is an affliction that affects many different species of cats. 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Cat Emergencies

Like any animal, a cat's life can depend on receiving immediate medical intervention. 4 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

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

Sometimes strange behavior is normal behavior in cats. In this lesson, we learn to cope with unusual behaviors. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Cat Behavior

Despite the myths to the contrary, studies have shown that in over 60 percent of homes, cats and dogs get along very well. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Feeling Frisky? All About Cats and Playtime

Here are some basic rules for playing with your cat and teaching it tricks. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: The Truth About Training Your Cat

This lesson discusses litter box training and sleeping habits, along with some quirky behaviors. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Training Issues

Cats can be trained to do all sorts of things, but not generally the same as a dog. 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video

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

What to expect as your cat becomes a senior citizen. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz

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

Some important websites and books that can give you important information about raising and caring for your cat. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Let us know what you think of this course; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Cat Care and Training 101
Course Number: 8900210
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,125 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: April 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Enjoyed the videos that accompanied the lessons. I will miss this course." -- Kim O.
  • "The instructor is extremely helpful and I was able to learn a lot from her and I am willing to take other courses from her." -- Terese O.
  • "The material was very easy to understand and it awakened my love for cats I will definitely take this course it is very help and the way the course was I was able to take the course without looking at the answers." -- Terese O.
  • "Overall it was very informative. I'd definitely [take] more classes online in the near future." -- Pat S.