Cats is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Cats.

Cats 1
What you can do in this project: select a cat; identify cat breeds; name the parts of a cat; handle and groom a cat; care for its health; create a budget.
Grades: 3-5
Resources: 08148, Purr-fect Pals
4H369C, 4-H Cat Project Health Supplement

Cats 2
What you can do in this project: learn about cat senses and sounds; explore tricks to teach a cat; traveling with a cat; learn about feeding and emergency care; detect signs of illness and health issues
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 08149, Climbing Up

Cats 3
What you can do in this project: explore veterinary procedures; learn reproduction and cat body systems; learn showmanship and cat behavior; explore community laws and animal welfare
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08150, Leaping Forward

Cats Leader
Resources: 08151, Cat Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Cats? Try the links below.

Cats Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including cats. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H Area Animal Science Days
Series of four day-long events held around the state where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine projects increase their decision making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences. Events include evaluation of dairy cattle, horses and meat animals; dairy showmanship contests; hippology (the study of horses); and oral reasons workshops. In addition, each site offers a variety of workshops for small animal projects, which may include rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats or llamas.

Wisconsin 4-H Invitational Cat Show
Periodic show for 4-H members in grades 3 and above. The cats are judged on appearance, condition, temperament, proper handling, hair, coat, paws, nails and body build.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Cats Project. Just follow these links!

American Cat Fanciers Association
Association’s goal is to promote the welfare, education, knowledge and interest in all domesticated, purebred and non-purebred cats, to breeders, owners, exhibitors of cats and the general public.

Site is a directory of information about all types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, aquarium fish and more.

Wisconsin 4-H SET
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Cats Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Ron Kean