Foster Cats
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Help reduce the number of cats given up by owners due to solvable behavior issues and keep more cats in their homes. In this self-paced course participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of cat behavior and will be able to assist cat owners in identifying the causes of the majority of cat behavior issues and methods of resolving them.

Participants will follow a curriculum including a book by renowned Certified Cat Behavior Consultant, Pam Johnson-Bennett, cat behavior resources by the Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine’s Indoor Pet Initiative, and HSUS’s own cat behavior experts.

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize and explain how cats perceive their world in terms of the need for safety, security, and stimulation in the home environment; identify factors that negate these needs, and describe actions that will ensure that these needs are met.
  • Identify and describe the underlying causes of the most common cat behavior issues and identify and explain the best advice to resolve each of these issues.
  • Assess specific cat behavior case scenarios, identify the causes of the behavior issues and explain the actions needed to resolve the issues.
  • Identify the appropriate questions to be asked of clients in order to obtain the most accurate and insightful information so that you may effectively assess the cause of a cat’s behavior issue(s) .
  • Recognize and explain the best practices for effective communication with clients in crisis.

This course has been pre-approved for 18 CE points of continuing education credit toward the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator credential.

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