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Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma Course

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For cat lovers part of the attraction to their feline friends is the very thing that sets them apart from other pets; their intelligence and behaviours, though this can also be an avenue of confusion, leaving you with unanswered questions.

  • 'Why is my cat constantly spraying my curtains, even though he's been neutered?'
  • 'Why does my cat chew my plants?'
  • 'Why does my cat sometimes bite me when I stroke her?'

The Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma Course gives a greater understanding of what is going on in the mind of your cat/cats, why they do certain things, and how to improve your, and your other pet's, relationship with them.

This course is not just designed for cat owners, however, as animal practitioners and those working professionally in the pet care industry, such as vets, and cattery and pet store owners, will also benefit from having a deeper understanding of cats. The Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma Course is also a great start for anyone training to be a Cat Behaviour Counsellor.

Course Layout

The comprehensive and insightful Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma Course is taught in a semi-formal style, focussing on your learning in mind, and is set out across ten easy-to-consume modules, each of which will give you a deeper knowledge and insight into cats, and why they do what they do.

At the end of each module are ten assessment questions that will test your understanding of what you have learned so far and also to encourage practical action throughout the learning experience.

For full details and the content of the course, please click the Course Syllabus tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Feline Behaviour and Psychology Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is accredited by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Contents

  • Introduction

Unit One: The Origins of Cats

  • Feline History: From Wild to Domesticated
  • Feline Myths and Legends
  • An Introduction to Feline Behaviour and Psychology
  • Fulfilling a Cat’s Needs to Avoid Behavioural Problems
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Two: Reproduction and Sexual Behaviour

  • Why Neuter?
  • Female cats
  • Male cats
  • The Sexual Behaviour of Female Cats
  • The Sexual Behaviour of Male Cats
  • Cats and Courtship
  • How Cats Mate
  • Feline Pregnancy and Birth
  • The birth itself
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Three: Kitten Behaviour

  • The Physical Development of Kittens
  • 0-2 weeks
  • 3-4 weeks
  • 5-6 weeks
  • 7-8 weeks
  • Weaning
  • The Difference Between ‘Feral’ and ‘Domesticated’ Kittens
  • Nature vs. Nurture
  • Play Behaviour
  • Learned Behaviour
  • Associative learning
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Four: Senses and Communication

  • Cats can be complicated creatures, and in order to fully understand feline behaviour we need to learn how they interact with the world around them.
  • Feline Senses
  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Vocal Feline Communication
  • Non-verbal Feline Communication
  • Ears
  • Tail
  • Eyes
  • The Purr
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Five: Is This Normal?

  • Marking Territory
  • When marking territory becomes a problem
  • Scratching
  • When scratching becomes a problem
  • Grooming
  • When grooming becomes a problem
  • Chewing Plants
  • When chewing plants becomes a problem
  • Climbing up to High Places
  • When climbing up to high places becomes a problem
  • Hunting
  • When hunting becomes a problem
  • Abnormal Behaviours
  • The Pensioner Puss
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Six: Feline Social Behaviour

  • Natural Feline Social Behaviour
  • How Cats Adapt to Living as Pets
  • Territorial Problems
  • Cat to Cat Introductions
  • Cat to Dog Introductions
  • The Arrival of a New Baby
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Seven: Feline Aggression and Fear

  • Pain-induced Aggression
  • Play aggression
  • Petting Aggression
  • Territorial Aggression
  • Redirected Aggression
  • Idiopathic Aggression
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Eight: Toileting Issues

  • Urination vs. Spraying
  • Illness
  • Territorial Problems
  • Discomfort
  • Location of the Litter Tray
  • Cleanliness of the litter tray
  • Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
  • How to Clean Soiled Areas
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Nine: Stress and Cats

  • Signs of Feline Stress
  • Causes of Feline Stress
  • Minimising Feline Stress
  • The Importance of Playtime
  • Assessment Questions

Unit Ten: Can You Train Your Cat?

  • How Cats Learn
  • Reward vs. Punishment
  • Clicker Training
  • Assessment Questions

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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