Feline biology and care

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Study to work and care for cats


Feline biology and care is a comprehensive, challenging course aimed at CPD requirements, personal interest and those working with the cat for their welfare. There are 6 units and assignments set at study level 3.


The course examines the anatomy and physiology of Felis catus, their nutrition, behaviour and daily care with the view to a better understanding of their needs. The final unit approaches the issue of 'too many cats-not enough homes' and investigates rescue centres and the accommodation for such cats.

Feline Biology and Care is accredited by

Course content

Unit 1  Feline Anatomy & Physiology


To have an understanding of the cat as an organism and animal, their anatomy and physiology must be investigated.


Content summary


  • Structure to function

  • Circulatory & Respiratory systems

  • Skeletal system

  • Integumentary system

  • Physiology and biochemistry

  • Osmoregulation and the kidney

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Unit 3  Feline Care - Physical Health


Content summary


  • Daily care

  • Preventative care

  • Signs of ill-health

  • Nutrient functions and health

  • Disease and health issues

  • The Immune system

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Unit 5  Feline Care - Enrichment


Content summary


  • Human-cat relationship

  • Behaviour and enrichment

  • Preventing feline distress

  • House-bound cats

Unit 2   Feline Care - Nutrition


Content summary


  • Digestive system structure and physiology

  • Hypercarnivore/obligate carnivore modifications

  • The Nutrient Groups

  • Biochemistry of the nutrients

  • Water

  • Commercial foods for cats

Unit 4  Feline Behaviour (Introduction)


The domestic cat is a Felid and as such, will demonstrate behaviours typical of the Felidae.


Content summary


  • Innate and learned behaviours

  • Body language

  • Vocalisation

  • Olfactory communication

  • Applying behaviour to care and welfare

Unit 6  Feline Care - Rescue Cats


Content summary


  • The problem of over-population

  • Rescue centres

  • Behaviour and accommodation design at rescue centres

  • Attitudes toward types of cat e.g. black cats

  • Education - public and rescue centres

Assignments are are divided into levels of achievement so you have a choice as to whether to attempt more than the pass level.


The approximate learning hours for this course are 100. This figure does not include own research and self-learning activities to support the unit content or, assignment work. 

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Course fee: £425.00


Instalments: these are made by standing order at £42.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

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