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2022 Cat Courses & Seminars

 

From October 8, 2022 - Kitten Kindergarden Online Classes (Australia-wide)




Kitten Kindergarten is an essential early socialisation and habituation program for you, your family and your kitten.

The 4 week course will create a confident kitten, build a strong relationship through enrichment and training, prevent unwanted behaviours, prepare your kitten for adult life and set you both up for success!

 

Topics covered include:


  • Understanding your Kitten and cat body language
  • How to stop kitten biting and encourage good manners
  • Important things to teach your child and managing child-cat relationships
  • Introduction to harness and leash training
  • Introduction to clicker and target training
  • How to design an enriched environment for cats
  • How to prevent problem behaviour in kittens
  • Species appropriate diet and creative feeding
  • Preventative health care
  • Husbandry care and much more!

 

Course Fee: $180 (4-week online course)

 

Australian Cat Lover readers will receive a $20 discount (simply mention ACL when enrolling).

 

When: Next intakes are Saturday October 8 and November 12, 2022.

 

For details and to enrol, visit www.petnurture.com.au/kitten-kindergarten/ or email enquiries@petnurture.com.au


October 25, 2022 - Keeping Cats Safe at Home Webinar

This Zoom Webinar from the Australian Institute of Animal Management is presented by Dr Gemma Ma, an RSPCA veterinarian with over 10 years’ experience working in shelter medicine and general veterinary clinical practice

Dr Ma will talk about her experience on the project Keeping Cats Safe at Home designing and implementing evidence-based best practice targeted cat desexing programs that aim to address populations of stray cats. She will also talk about how Keeping Cats Safe at Home is using social science research and human psychology to influence the behaviour of cat owners and stray cat carers to increase cat containment and reduce overpopulation.

Dr Ma is currently Project Manager on Keeping Cats Safe at Home a 4-year human behaviour change project assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. The project aims to reduce wildlife impacts of domestic cats by encouraging cat owners to prevent their cats from roaming and is working in partnership with 11 NSW councils.

When: Tuesday 25th October, 2022 at 12:00pm (Zoom Webinar).

Free to Australian Institute of Animal Management members.

For more details, please click here

2022 Kitten & Cat Class - Live Online Zoom Class



This 5-week Kitten and Cat Class is presented by Delta-accredited instructor Cecilia Navarro from Positive Dogs and will cover the following behaviours and topics:

Getting started with reinforcers, reward markers, teaching your kitty's name, the art of luring, mat training, crate training, targeting, co-operative care behaviours, consent training, using targets, body handling, brushing, weighing, species appropriate diets, cat exercise and enrichment, Fear Free and proactive wellness veterinarians for your cat and how cats learn.

All cats and kittens of any age are suitable for this class.

The course is 5 weeks in duration (45 minutes per week). First class is a ‘Kitty Free’ information evening that is a pre-recorded lesson. Weeks 2 – 5 are live ZOOM classes
We run this course as a ZOOM course because cats and kittens feel far more comfortable and therefore learn better in their home environment. It also means you can join this course from anywhere in Australia (or the world).

More dates to be announced.
 
Cost is $150.00 (Payment is online when you sign up).

What you need to do to join class:

1) Go to www.positivedogs.com.au/classes/cat-training-class-online/
2) Select your preferred start date to sign up.

For more information or to book your place in the next course, call 0416 090 600 or email louise@positivedogs.com.au 

2022 Cat Cuddling VIP Experiences, Melbourne, VIC

This Cat Protection Society of Victoria's 30 minute Cat Cuddling VIP Experience includes a private tour of their Adoption Shelter where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the cats and kittens in their care awaiting adoption.

Following this tour, you will have then be able to cuddle, pat and play with a cat or kitten in one of the dedicated enrichment rooms before enjoying a complimentary hot beverage or milkshake from our onsite Purrfect Paw Cafe (1 x complimentary hot beverage or milkshake per experience purchased).

Each Cat Cuddling VIP Experience entitles a maximum of 2 adults, 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children to attend the cat-cuddling session.

More dates to be announced.

A Cat Cuddling Experience is $25 with all proceeds helping to support their work in caring for and rehoming cats in need.

Book yours at https://events.humanitix.com/cat-cuddling-vip-experience


Pet First Aid/CPR Certification Class via Zoom Live!

This 3-hour live, interactive cat-only First Aid & CPR course offered by Pet First Aid 4U, is taught by Master Instructor, Arden Moore via Zoom. 

You will earn a two-year certificate. You MUST register in advance to secure a spot in class. Class meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Arden and Pet Safety Cat Casey will guide you on the various hands-on techniques you can perform on a stuffed toy, rolled towel, or your willing, tolerant cat.

Cost: Fee covers the instruction, detailed course book & handouts. 

For more information, please visit www.petfirstaid4u.com

2022 - Feline Medicine Distance Education (Australia-wide)

If cats could talk, they'd be the first to tell you that they require refined, particular and focused care.

An unwell cat poses many unique challenges to the small animal practitioner and the difference between managing canine and feline patients (in both the art and the science of veterinary medicine) is well recognised.
This course is designed to reinforce, deepen and broaden your knowledge of feline medicine in a practical, interactive and enjoyable way. In addition, it will provide you with valuable information to make your practice more feline friendly. Cement your knowledge with the case-focused workshop.
The Feline Medicine Distance Education course is truly an international course. Depending on your location once you enrol you will join a cohort of participants in your part of the world. 

For more details on all Small Animal Medicine courses offered by the University of Sydney (Centre for Veterinary Education)click here

Kitten Neonatal Care Webinars (Online)

Learn how to care for neonatal kittens (kittens zero to four weeks old). This Alley Cat Allies webinar series (4 modules) was developed to make sure anyone who cares for orphaned kittens is ready to provide the food, love, and care they need. The series of 60-minute online presentations includes sessions geared toward rescue organisations, fosters, shelter staff, veterinary staff, and others who want to help save kittens.

This kitten webinar series is presented by National Kitten Coalition Co-Founders:
  • Rosemarie Crawford, a licensed veterinary technician who has worked in high-volume shelters and large veterinary practices and regularly fosters ill kittens.
  • Susan Spaulding, who has fostered thousands of neonatal kittens and advises numerous shelters on neonatal kitten care.
For more details, please click here

Any time - Cat Psychology & Training (Online)
This Animal Psychology home study course will help you understand cat psychology and apply that knowledge to manage and influence the behaviour of your cats.
  • Cat communication - domestic and wild cats
  • Cat behaviour training - domestic cats
  • Cat behaviour
  • Cat business management 
Course duration and pace: 100 hours of self paced study. Start the course at any time and study at a pace to suit you. Take 12 months to complete the course with as much or as little tutor guidance or support as you need.

Course Code: BAG222 - Qualification: Statement of Attainment

Cost: $647.90 (inc. GST) at www.acs.edu.au/


Any time  - Responsible Cat Ownership Course (Online)
The Responsible Cat Ownership Course gives you some basic information about your legal responsibilities as a cat owner.

It will also help you be a better companion to your cat, teaching you about the best food, how to keep your pet entertained, dealing with scratching and yowling, and making sure your cat stays safely at home.

The course covers three main topics:
Section 1 – Rights and responsibilities
Section 2 – Cat welfare and management
Section 3 – Cat behaviour

You can do this course online in your own time by downloading the training manual:
Responsible Cat Ownership Training Course Manual (PDF - 2.7 MB)
Responsible Cat Ownership Training Course Manual (WORD - 64.3 KB)


For more details, click here

An integrative approach to behaviour cases with Dr Kate Lindsey (Free Podcast)

Dr Kate Lindsey is a veterinarian who has had a lifelong fascination with animals and their behaviour. After feeling confused and uncomfortable with the high rates of euthanasia due to behavioural reasons seen in veterinary practice, Kate pursued further studies in this field and founded Kalmpets in Perth, WA. 

Dr Sarah Howard discusses with Dr Kate Lindsay emerging research in the field of behavioural medicine and the crossover between canine and human mental illnesses. We then jump into the specifics of how she uses diet and supplements to aid in the management of her cases.

To listen to this free podcast, click Pure Animal Podcast (Apple Podcast)
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