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.

  • 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:
    4.7 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
    "Extraordinarily Helpful"
    (927 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
    • Review Article: The Top 10 American Feline Pedigrees
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete: Introduction Assignment
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: Choosing the Right Cat For You
    • Complete: 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
    • Take Poll: Litter Box
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: Caring for you kitten

    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
    • Review 2 Articles: Bringing Home a new Cat; Getting Ready for your Cat

    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
    • Take Poll: Petting Cats
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: CPR for Cats
    • Review Video: CPR video for small animals
    • Complete: 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
    • Review 2 Articles: Common Cat Diseases, Signs and Symptoms; Serious Cat Diseases only your Vet can Diagnosis
    • Complete: 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
    • Review Article: 11 Cat Emergencies That Need Immediate Veterinary Attention
    • Complete: 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
    • Complete: 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
    • Review 2 Articles: Predatory Behavior in Cats and other Cat Training Articles; Cat Behavior Tips
    • Complete: 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
    • Complete: 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
    • Complete: 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
    • Review 2 Articles: Cat Training Issues; Remedial Litter Box Training

    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
    • Complete: 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
    • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
    • Take Survey: Course Comments
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: 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, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Cat Care and Training 101
    Course Number: 8900210
    Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
    Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (927 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: How To (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
    Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
    Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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    Student Testimonials

    • "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....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.
    • "Overall it was very informative. I'd definitely [take] more classes online in the near future." -- Pat S.