Cats Badgecats

(Discover the Home)

By Sharon Konnick (additions by Charlotte Duke)


You may use any of the higher level requirements as an optional requirement.


Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* What are male and female cats called? What are baby cats called? What is a group of cats called?

_____2.* Learn how to properly behave around cats and how to hold them so that neither you nor the cat gets hurt.


Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.

_____2.* Be able to identify four different breeds of cats, describing their physical characteristics and personalities.


Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Identify 5 different breeds.

_____2.* Know what type of food cats need. What specific nutrients do they need to be healthy? How much should you feed them, and how often? Compare three different types of cat foods. Which one would you feed your cat based on the ingredients and nutritional information?


Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Identify 6 different breeds.

_____2.* Know at least three feline diseases, listing the symptoms and treatment for each.


Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2. Identify 7 different breeds.

_____2.* Know how to properly groom a cat. What differences are there in grooming long-haired cats and short-haired cats. What grooming is required for a Sphinx cat?


Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *

_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2. Identify 8 different breeds.

_____2 * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional Requirements:

_____3. What helps a cat see in low light? How does it do this?

_____4. Describe 5 different parts of a cat's anatomy. Draw a picture labeling them.

_____5. Why is play important to a cat? What happens when cats do not have opportunities to play?

_____6. Why is spaying or neutering important? List at least three potential problems for cats that are not spayed or neutered.

_____7. Visit a rescue or animal shelter. Speak with a volunteer there to understand how animals come to end up there.

_____8. Take up a collection of supplies such as cat food, litter, toys, blankets, etc. and donate them to a local rescue or shelter.

_____9. Spend at least one afternoon volunteering at a local shelter or rescue.

_____10. Attend a cat show. Interview a judge about what criteria they use for judging.

_____11. Learn about careers that involve cats, such as a veterinarian or cat breeder. What degrees or certifications are necessary for these careers? What type of education would you need?

_____12. Create a small booklet about cats, including pictures and descriptions.

_____13. Write a song or poem about cats, or create a craft project that involves cats. Share it with your family or troop.

_____14. Learn about cat breeding. What are some new breeds, and how were they created?

_____15. Learn about other types of felines, such as cougars, jaguars, or mountain lions. How are they different than domesticated cats? Research what types of cat breeds could have come from these other feline types.

_____16. Find a coloring book of cats. Color at least five pages. Make sure to color the cats the actual colors they might be, such as black, brown or golden.

_____17. Learn how cats hunt their prey, be it mice or squirrels. How can this change from breed to breed?

_____18. Find at least 3 poems, ballads, or songs about cats and learn one of them. Examples could include: The Tyger, by William Blake, or any of T. S. Eliot's poems about cats.

_____19. Research the role cats have played in history. For instance, the ancient Egyptians believed cats were holy, and other nations used tigers to hunt with.

_____20. Know the first aid for any injuries that may occur when dealing with a cat, such as scratches and bites, and asthma attacks which may occur if a person is allergic to cats/cat hair.

_____21. Watch a documentary or a movie about cats.

_____22. Find at least three pictures or works of art about cats and look at them. Which do you like best?

_____23. Create a scrapbook page, collage, or poster about cats. Share it with your troop or family.