Cat Psychology and Training Course Online

Cat psychology course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email

Study this cat psychology course online! We have been fascinated by cats throughout our history with domestication dating back to 3700 BC!  Cat intelligence has been well studied and its known that cats have excellent memories which combined with the ability to apply their memory to current situations allows cats to adapt quickly to new environments.   The domestication process has directly affected the evolution of cats physically and socially.

Why study this cat psychology course?

This cat psychology course is offered online or by correspondence.  It is designed to help you gain skills and understanding in feline psychology and behavior which can then be applied to efficient cat training.

  • 100 hours study
  • 12 months to complete
  • Easy, self-paced
  • Flexible payment options
  • Great tutor & admin support

Careerline’s Cat Training Course examines various aspects of cat psychology such as communication, natural behavior, cat senses, abnormal behaviors, training, behavior management as well as a final lesson on establishing your own cat business.

Read an article by Dr Karin (tutor) on cat behaviour and training here

This cat psychology course online is suitable for: cat lovers, vet nurses, animal carers, shelter workers, animal trainers, zoo keepers pet shop workers and so on.

You will learn:

  • Understand cat psychology and apply that knowledge to manage and influence the behavior of cats.
  • Describe how cats think, and discuss the relevance of understanding cat psychology to people.
  • Explain how cats communicate; and formulate an understanding of possible ways that a human may communicate with a cat.
  • Understand behaviours that are natural, hence predictable in cats; and learn to read signals that cats give.
  • Explain how cats develop behavioural characteristics throughout stages of their life.
  • Describe commonly occurring behavioural problems in cats.
  • Describe techniques for training cats
  • Implement measures to manage the behaviour of cats. Develop knowledge on running your own cat business.


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

Nature and Scope of Cat Psychology

  • Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Cat Industries
  • Differentiating health and behavioural issues
  • Feline Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Stress

Cat Senses and Communication

  • Understanding Cat communications
  • Sounds made by the Cat
  • Body Language
  • Smell
  • Hearing

Understanding Natural Behaviour in Cats

  • Aggression
  • Scratch Fever
  • Cat Behavioural Development
  • Biological Rythms and Sleep
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Maternal Behaviour
  • Eating and Drinking

Behavioural Disorders/Abnormalities

  • Nature or Nurture
  • Sensitive Periods
  • Neurological Development
  • Sleep
  • Play
  • Cat Temperament Tests
  • How Breeds Differ

Basic Training

  • Aggression
  • Redirected Aggression
  • Maternal Aggression
  • Ideopathic Aggression
  • Dealing with Aggression
  • Housebreaking
  • Inappropriate Elimination
  • Excessive Vocalisation
  • Geriatric Dysfunction
  • Controlling killing of Wildlife
  • Eating Disorders
  • Abnormal Suckling
  • Separation Anxiety

Obedience Training

  • Forming Habits
  • Train them Early
  • Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Socialisation
  • House Training
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Scratching
  • Catching Vermin
  • Tricks
  • Discipline

Cat Behaviour Management

  • Cat Doors
  • Microchipping and Registering
  • Coming when Called
  • Energy Release Activities
  • Neutering
  • Drug Treatment
  • Nice Smells
  • Getting Used to a Cage
  • Managing Climbing

Operating a Cat Business

  • PBL Project

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Melissa Beira

Yes it was valuable - especially if you are starting to get into cat behaviour, work in a shelter, or rescue

Cat Psychology & Training Graduate

Elizabeth Pidoto

just thanks, I enjoyed it and looking forward to using what I have learnt.

Elizabeth Pidoto Cat Psychology & Training Graduate

Amy Harris

It really was. It taught me a lot of things that I would never have even thought about in relation to cat phycology. I know understand a lot more than I ever thought possible

Amy Harris Cat Psychology & Training Graduate

Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.