Feline behaviour: In this seven-unit course (the final unit is a double one), you will examine the nature of Felis catus as a hyper-carnivore, their physiological and anatomical requirements to be able to make informed decisions as to their enrichment and welfare. Feline physiology relevant to behaviour is covered and how their physiology determines their behaviour.
You will investigate the cat-human relationship, species-specific music and the science behind its calming effects on the domestic cat. Finally, you will carry out a behavioural study on Felis catus and report your findings.
The course is aimed at cat professionals and those wishing to know more about cats to support their welfare such as shelter managers and animal protection workers. However, anyone with an interest in feline welfare will gain knowledge and understanding from the Feline Behaviour (level 5) course. Cost £625.00. Instalment plans available.
Unit 1 Evolution of Felis catus and behavioural theories.
Evolutionary stages, fossil record, current methods (e.g. DNA profiling, mDNA, microsatellite analyses); innate behaviour, learned behaviour, behavioural theories
Unit 2 Physiology of Behaviour Nervous and endocrine systems, hormones, effects on behaviour, role in survivial
Unit 3 Communication Behaviour Signalling intentions, function, vocalisations, body and head posture, importance of the tail, tactile communication, species-species communication
Unit 4 Comparative behaviours and Welfare Other members of the Felis genus, similarities in behaviours, functions, other cat genera, cat welfare: methods of managing behaviours, species-specific music
Unit 5 The cat-human relationship Research, solicitation behaviours, human-only directed behaviours, vocalisations, cat personalities, human perceptions
Unit 6 (double unit) Studying behaviour and investigation Methods of studying animal behaviour, data collection methods, choosing an investigation, carrying out an investigation, collecting data, analysing and presenting data and conclusions.
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