If you’re passionate about domestic cats, whether in a professional or personal capacity, this comprehensive professional development course will teach you everything you need to know, from health concerns to diet, breeding, behaviour management and more.
Domestic Cat Care is an online course that will empower you to explore a new income stream, employment opportunity, or understand and care for your own pets.
In this cat care course, you will learn about primary care of domestic cats – including diet, shelter, grooming and housebreaking – and complex feline care – from understanding digestive and reproductive health, illnesses, emergency medicine and care, problem behaviour and specialised dietary requirements.
You will also learn about breeding and raising kittens, from ethical considerations to genetics and socialisation, and how to establish a business in the feline services industry, including grooming, boarding, retail and manufacturing, therapy cats, pet funerals and more.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of cat care to start a feline business, gain employment in the pet industry or take better care of your pets.
Unit - Domestic Cat Care
Unit 1 – Introduction to domestic cat care
Basic Feline Needs – Basic Duties of the Cat Owner
Food and water
Shelter and Containment
Health care for sick cat
Introducing a new cat at home
Cats with babies and children
Cats and dogs
Cat breeds – pedigrees and non-pedigrees
Unit 2 – Feline biology
Teeth and Gums
Unit 3 – Breeds
Domestic cat breeds
International and national associations
Long haired breeds
Persian, Maine Coon and Birman
Semi-long haired breeds
Balinese, Ragdoll (Ragamuffin), York Chocolate
Short haired breeds
Common health problems
Personality and temperaments
History and background
Unit 4 – Feline health care
Dealing with emergencies
Artificial breathing and heart massage
How to induce vomiting
Specific situations to deal with e.g. burns, wounds, dehydration, hypothermia (and many more)
Restraining for treatment
Transportation of the injured cat
Unit 5 – Feline illnesses
Internal parasites (worms)
List of common ailments and diseases
Unit 6 – Feline diet
Introduction to foods and feedings
Scheduled and portion controlled feeding
Understanding dietary requirements
Kittens (0-12 months)
Pregnant and lactating cats
Obesity and overweight cats
Senior / geriatric cats
Unit 7 – Feline behaviour
Understanding the cat’s mind
Personality and temperament differences
How cats communicate
Sleeping routines and circadian rhythms
Play (young cat and mature cat)
Recognise and understand aggression
Dealing with aggression
Controlling killing wildlife
Teaching useful behaviours
Unit 8 – Breeding and raising kittens (includes PBL Project)
Cat breeding industry
Ethics in animal breeding
A brief look at genes
Socialisation of kittens
Problem based learning project – Improving Standards for Ethical Breeding
Business basics for self-employment in the feline industry
Laws and small business
The importance of keeping records
Buying an established business
Buying a franchise
Approaches to business planning
Problem based learning project – Starting a Small Business in the Cat Industry
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.