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Feline nutrition and care

cats and dreamies

Study to work with cats


Feline care and nutrition has 3 units that approach nutrition for the domestic cat through the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system. Learn the importance of animal protein in the diet of the cat.


There is a critical examination of thee ingredients of commercial foods and, a practical investigation into a specific form of food and its relationship to feline health. The course is aimed at providing an introduction to nutrition for the non-human animal and in particular, an obligate carnivore.


The course is aimed at anyone caring for cats whether they are in shelters, at home or, in another professional capacity. The course will support CPD requirements for anyone needing to develop their work and career prospects.


There are 3 assignments (one for each unit) that 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 45. This figure does not include own research and self-learning activities to support the unit content or assignment work. 

Course content

Unit 1  The Digestive System


The cat is an obligate carnivore (hypercarnivore) and physiology within the digestive system is modified to reflect this specialist feeding behaviour.


Content summary


  • Digestive system structure to function

  • Cells, tissues, organs

  • Biochemistry of the obligate carnivore

Unit 2  Nutrients and Nutrition


Content summary


  • The nutrient groups

  • Structure and function of nutrients

  • Members of the nutrient groups

  • Water

  • Essential amino acids and essential fatty acids

  • Pet food manufacturers

  • Content of feline foods

Unit 3   Feed Investigation


Content summary


  • Feline nutritional problems

  • Practical investigation of dried foods

Course fee:  £225

Instalments: these are made by standing order at around £22.50 p.c.m. and can be tailored to individual requirements. 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.


Payment: click here for payment options PayPal, bank transfers, instalments

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