Cat Welfare

The lesson plans on this page compliment the stories in our 'Kitten Rescue Tales' anthology and are designed to make the students think more deeply about the messages in and ethos of the book.

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LESSON 1

Lesson 1 is designed around the first story in the kitten rescue tales anthology 'Nimai and Syama from neglect love...'.  The aim of this lesson is to help the children understand how cats feel from their behaviours and how people should behave towards cats, as well as providing your students with a fun way to help cats in need (not to mention enhancing their empathy, vocabulary, reading  & writing skills and testing comprehension).

 

Summary

 

  1. Read the first story in Kitten Rescue Tales.

  2. Comprehension Questions

  3. Cat Behaviour Worksheet (one per student).

  4. Make cat toys and donate to shelter animals

 

 Comprehension Questions

    

Ask the comprehension questions below going back through the book with the class where necessary.

 

  1. What were the names of the cats? Nimai and Syama

  2. Which one was black and which one was white? Nimai (white) Syama (black)

  3. Which cat was more scared? Syama

  4. Where did the cats live at the beginning of the story? Garden next door

  5. Did they have a good owner? If not why not? No food, shelter, or affection

  6. How did Syama show he was scared? Scratch, hiss, run away, ears flat

  7. Why did the lady spend two months wearing scarf and gloves with the backdoor open? Because the cat ran out if she tried to shut the door and she didn’t want him to be cold.

 

 Cat Behaviour Worksheet

 

Ask the students to draw and label the body postures associated with happy cats and scared cats then finish the statement ‘when I stroke a cat I should…’. The students will able to find the answers in the infographic after the first story in the book and within the story.

 

Happy Cats: tail-up, ears facing forwards, relaxed body language, friendly, rub their face on you, blink at you slowly.

 

Scared Cats: scratch, hiss, hunched and still, ears flat, lick lips, run-away, hide.

  

When I stroke a cat I should…

Speak quietly, let them approach me, be gentle, let them sniff my hands first, let them go when they have had enough.

maKING CAT TOYS!

Ask the class if they would like to do something to help cats in need, then tell them you are going to make toys cats in rescue centres.

Materials

  • Felt or pom poms

  • Marker pens (non toxic)

  • Elastic string

  • firm plastic straws.

  • Hole punch



Teacher Preparation

  • Cut fabric into shapes like mice, birds or fish x number of students

  • Cut lengths of elastic roughly 30-60cm x number of students

  • Punch one hole in each piece of fabric  

  • Punch one hole in each straw

In order for the students to put together the toys so that they are safe for cats, the elastic string will need to be tied rather than glued or stapled to both the stick and the piece of felt fabric, so you will need to make holes in the straws and pieces of felt for threading the elastic. If the students are old enough then they can punch the holes and cut the fabric into shapes themselves, if not you will need to prepare holes for threading the elastic.


 

Instructions

  1. Colour in design on felt/fabric

  2. Tie elastic through hole in straw and hole in felt/fabric

  3. Voila finished cat toy!

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Lesson 2

This lesson is based around the second story in our Kitten Rescue Tales Anthology. The story titled ‘The Trash-bag Warriors’ follows the photo journey of two kittens rescued from a rubbish dump in Spain at just two days old.

 

Part 1:

 

In part one of the lesson read the second story in the book with the students then ask them the comprehension questions below.

 

Reading Comprehension Questions

 

  1. Where were the kittens rescued from?

  2. What are the kittens names?

  3. What animal does Samurai look like?

  4. What animal does Ninja look like?

  5. What was their person’s name? 

  6. How often did Katie feed them?

  7. How old were they were their eyes opened and their ears unfolded

  8. How old were they when they went outside for the first time?

  9. Which toy did Sami prefer?

  10. Which toy did Ninja prefer?

  11. Why did katie say it was important for them to meet lots of people

  12. How did you feel when Samurai died?

  13. How do you think Ninja felt?

  14. Do animals have feelings? What sort of feelings?

Part 2:

 

In the second part of the lesson you will be focusing on the reason why Ninja and Samurai were in that position to begin with by looking at why we have homeless pets and what we can do to prevent it.

 

1.Watch our ‘Why are there so many homeless pets’ video on youtube:

 

 

 

2.Read the Spay & Neuter your pets infographic together.

 

3.Ask the class to think about the video and look at the infographic to complete the ‘making the world a better place for pets’ worksheet.

 

4. At the end of the lesson ask the class if they think kittens like Samurai and Ninja wouldn’t be dumped in dustbins if their mothers owner had had her spayed.

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