Feline literacy: The ABC's of care for rescue cats

For workshop dates and registration information, click here.

The feline literacy workshop is led by Michelle Warfle, Cat World manager at Best Friends. Michelle joined Best Friends in December 2007 as a cat caregiver, working primarily with feline leukemia (FeLV)-positive and special-needs cats. In November 2009 she became the operations administrator for Cat World, and in December 2009 she became interim manager, eventually becoming manager of Cat World in March of 2010. She is responsible for 39 staff members and around 500 cats, spread among 11 buildings.

In this workshop, you will learn how to care for cats with medical issues and special needs, and how to provide them with the best quality of life. You will also learn more about trap-neuter-return (TNR), cat enrichment and socialization. Attendees will receive classroom-style information and experience hands-on practice through interaction with Cat World caregivers and cats.

“This workshop is a comprehensive look at cats in a sanctuary setting,” says Michelle. “It addresses admissions, food, medical and enrichment needs, as well as behavior modification techniques. Even though we address cats in a sanctuary setting, attendees will learn things for their personal cats as well.”

Some of the topics covered in the Best Friends Feline Literacy class

  • Kitten care
  • TNR
  • Adoptions
  • Enrichment
  • Clicker training
  • Special needs
  • Feline leukemia (FeLV) virus and feline immunodeficiency (FIV) virus
  • Socialization tips and body language
  • Medical care

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to network not only with other attendees, but with class presenters and with Cat World staff.

Some quote from former class attendees:

This was an amazing workshop! I met a lot of people from other parts of the country and learned about their experiences with cat rescue, care and adoption. I am starting to volunteer at a new shelter and I look forward to using the information I learned from everyone!

I appreciate all of the time and attention we were given. I love it here and to get education from the best is great. The behind the scenes personal touch was wonderful!

Register for the feline literacy course

For more information, including class dates, availability status and registration forms, contact us at workshops@bestfriends.org or call 435-644-2001, ext. 4317. We look forward to seeing you here!