Seminar & Courses

Cat Educator courses and seminars


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There are several courses and conferences (offered in French only):
- Everything you need to know for a problem-free cat (subscribe)
- Intelligence, perceptions and emotions of the cat (subscribe)
- Communication, aggression and myths (subscribe)
- Where does my cat come from? (subscribe)
- PRO level aCATemy (for AHTs, vets and shelters) (subscribe).
- Pro cat workshops (subscribe)
- FelineXperience training camp – 2 days (subscribe)


All conferences are accessible, even if you have not attended any of the courses.

These seminars are for everyone. The groups consist of cat owners looking to learn more, veterinarians, breeders, animal behaviour consultants, animal health technicians as well as shelter or pet stores staff. What do they have in common? Their love of cats!


Everything you need to know for a problem-free cat - Subscribe

Offered in French only

Class Contents:

  • Solutions to the public’s feline behaviour problems
  • Solutions to furniture destruction and nibbling
  • Litterbox misuse problems
  • Nightly meowing issues
  • Good and bad cat trees
  • Good and bad toys
  • The proper play technique
  • Why are interactive feeding stations essential
  • Efficient cat education
  • Why is punishment inefficient
  • The cat without hierarchy nor domination
  • The proper transport crate
  • Quebec only – Let’s talk about declawing without making people feel guilty

The content of this course is derived from the former aCATemy 1. Approximately 35% of the content has changed. In addition, the material is presented in a new format and with different examples. If you followed aCATemy 1 more than two years ago, we advise that you update your knowledge.


Intelligence, perceptions and emotions of the cat - Subscribe

Offered in French only

Class Contents:

  • How to teach your cat to « sit » and do « high five »
  • How to speak « cat »
  • Train your cat to:
    • Trim its claws
    • Administer medication
    • Brush its fur
    • Brush its teeth
    • Clean its ears
  • Cat senses
  • Cat perception
  • The concept of time in cats
  • Can a cat…
    • Be jealous
    • Be envious
    • Seek revenge
    • Love and befriend
    • Feel guilty
    • Sacrifice itself
    • Mourn
  • Is my cat smarter than I thought
  • Ways to assess intelligence
  • Response and operant conditioning

This course borrows concepts taught in the former aCATemy 2 and 3, but between 70% and 80% of the material has changed or has been corrected following important developments in the field of feline behaviour and the knowledge of Cat Educator. In addition, the material is presented in a different format and with different examples. If you followed out aCATemy courses more than a year ago, we advise that you update your knowledge.

Communication, aggression and myths - Subscribe

Offered in French only

In addition to dealing with new topics, we deepen some of the basics presented in the previous courses. It helps better understand how cats think and act, in addition to providing tips and tricks to modify some of their behaviours.

Class contents:

  • The cat’s body language from A to Z
  • Attacks on humans
  • Aggression between cats
  • Resolution of cat aggression cases from the attendance
  • Misunderstood pheromones
  • What the cat does within its domain
  • Results of camera and GPS tracking of cats – Realized by Cat Educator
  • These misinterpreted YouTube videos
  • Is there a difference in behaviour due to :
    • Breed
    • Colour
    • Gender
  • Is it a myth ? Choking babies, preferring women, being left-pawed…
  • The origin of some of the most famous myths about cats
  • The fascinating history of the black cat – Why is it still adopted less in shelters?

This course borrows concepts taught in the former aCATemy 2 and 3, but between 70% and 80% of the material has changed or has been corrected following important developments in the field of feline behaviour and the knowledge of Cat Educator. In addition, the material is presented in a different format and with different examples. If you followed out aCATemy courses more than a year ago, we advise that you update your knowledge.

* Note : aCATemy conferences are recognized by the ATSAQ for training credits.


Where does my cat come from? * - Suscribe

This new seminar will be offered in the Fall of 2019 and will be an adaptation of two Cat Educator conferences which attracted hundreds of people during the cat exhibit at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City. We will discuss the role the cat in History, its evolution, surprising customs around cats and cats and their famous owners. By the way, did you know that without the cat, electrical or electronic devices would not be around today?


PRO level aCATemy (for AHTs, veterinarians, shelter staff) - Subscribe

Offered in French only

This course was developed with the help of teachers, veterinarians and animal health technicians in order to meet the needs of animal professionals and shelters. In this seminar, you will learn how to « negociate » with the cat and its owner to reduce the cat’s anxiety level to a minimum in order to facilitate its examining and treatment. You will also learn the concepts of body language and calming gestures, in addition to conditioning and counter-conditioning methods that can be used and taught to the owners. This course also introduces some behaviour problems and and customer advice.

KITTY MARKETING – As a bonus, Daniel Filion uses his personal and professional experience as well as his marketing training to teach you how to use your new knowledge to add value to the services offered by your organization and convince you that not only does it not cost more to adopt good practices, but you can gain from it…with factual evidence!


* Note : aCATemy PRO level is recognized by the OMVQ and ATSAQ for training credits.


Pro cat workshops * - Suscribe

Feline behaviour training focused on the technical side which incorporates workshops and demonstrations with cats, allowing you to fully understand and put into practice the concepts learned.

The workshops take place in small groups of 5 to 5 people under the supervision of members of the Cat Educator team. Each participant will get to interact with cats, which requires a particular attention to respecting the rules established at the start of the course.

Specially designed for animal professionals dealing regularly with cats, such as feline behaviour consultants and the staff of veterinary clinics, shelters, pet stores, security and pension companies, as well as foster homes. The places available for this course are very limited, in order to allow everyone to participate in the workshops while respecting the welfare of the cats.


Important – Workshops and demonstrations may be modified depending on the number of cats available as well as their physical and psychological condition. Cat Educator will always put the welfare of cats first.

DURATION – 12 hours spread over the course of two full days

Day 1 : 10h to 13h - 14h to 17h
Day 2 : 10h to 13h - 14h to 17h

Additional information :

- By prevention measures and due to the location of the seminar, we strongly advise that you wear sturdy and washable shoes and clothes, in order to prevent contaminating your own pets with potential pathogens.

- Given the amount of content in this course and that lunch break lasts only one hour, consider bringing lunch.

- By taking part in this course, you agree to respect scrupulously the rules established by the CAT EDUCATOR as well as the team of the Genevilliers SPA in order to guarantee your safety during the workshops with the cats. - A portion of the sale of our cat toy sticks will be donated to the Gennevilliers SPA.


FelineXperience training camp – 2 days - Subscribe

Offered in French only

FELINEtensive training camp

Recognized for 15 credits by the ATSAQ (for accredited AHTs).

The most comprehensive theoretical and practical training in feline behaviour ever offered!

Three days of feline behaviour training with practical workshops and activities with animals, including a UNIQUE chance to interact with animals such as a Canada lynx*, wolves*, foxes*, raccoons*, chickens*, horses*, ravens*…


The course reviews the basics and advanced notions of cat behaviour. In addition to theoretical concepts, you will have the opportunity to participate in several practical workshops addressing common cat problems. You will go into the field, interact with animals and put into practice the concepts learned during the theoretical courses, including body language and training. You will be getting the humoristic approach and characteristic dynamism of the Cat Educator and his team.


- Animal professionals (AHTs, veterinarians, shelter staff…)
- Anyone wanting to become a feline educator
- Canine behaviour consultants seeking to better treat dog-cat cases
- Cat enthusiasts who have followed out aCATemy seminars and seek to perfect their knowledge
- All cat lovers

Course content:

  • The intelligence of the cat;
  • How to train your cat to perform tricks;
  • How to painlessly administer medication to your cat;
  • How do cats perceive the world (their senses);
  • The emotions of the cat;
  • Basic notions of response and operant conditioning;
  • Innate behaviour and instrumentalization;
  • How mama cats educate their young (basics);
  • Debunking the myths and realities surrounding cats.
    • Decoding feline body language in detail (including examples and practical exercises);
    • How to reduce the stress level of cats treated in a clinic (a nice way of making your job easier);
    • How to interpret and replicate calming gestures;
    • Hierarchy and territorial behaviour;
    • Classical and operant conditioning (the types of reinforcement and the positive approach);
    • What to do in some common occurrences:
      • The cat and its carrier (making it appreciate a « necessary evil »);
      • How to welcome a cat to the exam table;
      • What to ask the owners in order to learn more about the patient;
      • Treating an aggressive, anxious, fearful or terrified cat;
      • « Low Stress » handling and administration of treatment (by practicing the techniques of Sophia Yin) :
        • Counter-conditioning protocols;
        • Cleaning the ears and teeth;
        • Grooming and trimming claws;
        • Injections;
        • Handling principles (Note : the restraint techniques require a 2-hour practice class);
        • Elizabethan collar, muzzle and collars;
        • Tools to avoid;
      • Stimulating the appetite of an anorexic cat (avoid aversion to food);
    • The best facilities in a clinic:
    • Waiting and examination rooms adapted to cats;
    • Cage layout according to the cat’s temper (to reduce its anxiety);
    • The behaviour of a caged cat;
    • Some tips to convince your clients to accept the proposed solutions;
    • Soiling and litterbox misuse (prevention, causes and solutions);
    • Nightly meowing;
    • Introducing a new cat into your household;
    • Why is declawing not necessary : the proper scratch board at the right place;
    • Aggression between cats and redirected aggression;
    • Human attacks;
    • Eating behaviour;
    • Predation behaviour;
    • How to play with a cat and the toys to avoid;
    • Informing customers about the myth of the cat in the cradle;
    • The dangers of anthropomorphism and how to help a client who suffers from it.
    • Common behaviour problems and how to prevent them :
    • Advice for a good physical and psychological health:
    • The basics of « Low stress » handling
    • Training in « Low stress » handling – group practical workshop
    • The complete body language of shelter cats – Practical workshop and exercises on cats
    • Exercises on observing and assessing body language – Practical workshop in groups and exercises on cats
    • Assessing cats and adopters : accompanying for a responsible adoption- Practical workshop and exercises on cats
    • Correction of the exercises - Practical workshop in groups
    • Facilitating the arrival of the cat in its new home: advice for adopters
    • Introducing the cat to the other animals – Demonstration with a cat
    • Solutions to behaviour problems : how to help with adopting "difficult cases’’ - Practical workshop in groups and exercises on cats
    • The carrier and desensitization to the car
    • The layout of a cage in a shelter/clinic
    • Giving medication easily
    • Complete desensitization techniques : visitors, children, vaccuum cleaner, storms…
    • Counter-conditioning techniques
    • Training techniques to facilitate treatment and adoption – Demonstration on a cat
    • Training on cats for adoption- Practical workshop in groups and exercises on cats
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