About "Feeding Felines"

  • A Science Dog CORE course that focuses on our other best friend, the domestic cat. Learn why cats cannot be treated or fed as if they are "small dogs'!

  • Nutrition chapters examine the history of the domestic cat and the cat's unique nutrient needs. Feeding chapters study feeding behavior and preferences of cats, and how to manage feeding environments in single and multiple pet homes.

  • Video lectures, readings, Q/A sections, and knowledge checks keep material interesting and support students with different learning styles. Enjoy unlimited 6-month access to this completely self-paced course!

  • Students who complete the course receive a personalized Science Dog Courses Certificate to help pet professionals advance their careers and market their knowledge to clients

  • BONUS! Earn your Masters Class Certificate in Canine and Feline Nutrition by completing all four CORE courses! (Basics, Puppies to Seniors, Dog Food Smarts and Feeding Felines)

Feeding Felines

Course Curriculum and Details

  • 1


    • Welcome to Feeding Felines!

    • Introduce Yourself!

    • Tips for Success

    • Guidelines for Using the Course Player

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Who is the Domestic Cat?

    • Who is Felis sylvestris? (Taxonomy)

    • Quiz Yourself! The Taxonomy of Cats

    • Who is Felis catus? (Domestication)

    • What Do You Know (about domesticaton)?

    • Reading: Wildcat to Pussy Cat

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Cats versus Dogs

    • Cats are Not Small Dogs

    • Reading: The Unique Nature of the Cat: Our “Other” Best Friend

    • Quiz Yourself - Cats are not small Dogs

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - The Cat's Protein Peculiarities

    • The Cat's Protein Peculiarities - Part 1

    • The Cat's Protein Peculiarities - Part 2

    • Reading: Understanding Protein Requirements of Cats

    • Protein for Cats - Quiz Yourself!

  • 5

    Chapter 4 - Cats and Carbs

    • Cats & Carbs - Part 1: Can Cats Digest Carbs?

    • Reading: Carbohydrates - A Review

    • What Do You Know - About Cats and Carbs?

    • Cats & Carbs - Part 2: Do Carbs Cause Health Problems in Cats?

    • Obesity in Cats Fact Sheet

    • Quiz Yourself - Cats, Carbs and Disease

  • 6

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 1 - 4)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 1 - 4

  • 7

    Chapter 5 - Other Nutrient Oddities

    • Other Cat Nutrients and Oddities

    • Understanding and Calculating the Energy Needs of Cats

    • Summary: The Cat's Nutritional Idiosyncrasies

    • What Do You Know (Other Nutrients)?

  • 8

    Chapter 6 - Cats and Water

    • Cats and Water

    • The Role of Water (and Other Factors) in Feline Urinary Tract Health

    • Quiz Yourself - Cats and Water!

  • 9

    Chapter 7 - How Cats Eat

    • Feeding Behavior of Cats

    • Reading: Predatory Behavior in Cats

    • What Do You Know (About Feeding Behavior in Cats)?

    • Are Cats Really Fussy?

    • Reading: Primacy vs. Novelty Effects in Cats and Dogs

    • Test Yourself (About Feline Feeding Behavior)

  • 10

    Chapter 8 - Selecting the Best Food for Your Cat

    • The Big Controversy: Canned vs. Dry Food for Cats

    • Raw, Homemade, and Vegetarian Diets

    • Reading: Vegetarian/Vegan Diets and Health in Cats & Dogs

    • What Do You Know (About Types of Foods for Cats)?

    • Tips for Food Selection

    • Reading: Human Grade Pet Foods

    • Test Yourself (About Food Selection!)

  • 11

    Chapter 9 - Feeding Management - Keeping Your Cat Happy and Healthy

    • Meal Feeding, Free-Choice, Food Puzzles

    • Five-A-Day Felix Feeding Plan

    • Reading: The Diversity of Human-Cat Relationships

    • Feeding Management in Single and Multiple Cat Homes

    • Reading: Cat-Friendly Principles for Cat Professoinals

    • Test Your Knowledge (Feeding Well)

  • 12

    Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 5 - 9

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 5 - 9

  • 13

    Additional Resources and Completion Certificate

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Enrollment includes on-demand access to the complete course for 6 months


Owner, The Science Dog

Linda Case

Linda Case is well-known author, canine nutritionist, and dog trainer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Linda is the author of numerous publications and nine books, including Feeding Smart with The Science Dog, Dog Smart, and Dog Food Logic. She is also the author of the popular Science Dog Blog. Linda and her husband Mike live in central Illinois and share their lives with three amazing dogs: Cooper, Alice and Stanley, and Pete the cat.

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