Youth learn how to care for their pets, as well as the science and nature of companion animals. Pets have included cats, tropical fish, rabbits, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and dogs. This project offers the opportunity for a youth to have some meaningful responsibility and take pride in caring for something alive.
Objectives of a cat project may include identifying cat breeds, understanding cat behavior, learning how to groom and handle cats safely, identifying signs of illness and health, being prepared for emergency situations, learning how to feed and care for cats of different ages and stages of development and learning how to transport cats. Training and showing cats may be secondary goals.
For cat population and health regulations, contact your local NY county health department.
New York state law requires all cats older than 4 months to have a valid, current rabies vaccination. For Preventive Healthcare Guidelines, contact your local veterinarian.
For more information
Contact Brian Aukema at bja14 [at] cornell.edu.