Companion animals are diverse groups of animals that include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, companion birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and many more! There are currently more than 1.1 billion companion animals worldwide. In fact, there are more companion animals than people in the United States.
The Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs offer opportunities for youth to develop life skills and obtain knowledge of companion animals. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs is the total development of the young person. The companion animals contests, shows, and related activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development.
For more information about companion animal programs offered in your community, please contact your local Extension office.
4-H COMPANION ANIMAL OPPORTUNITIES
Cat Club is a self-paced learning opportunity offering educational information about caring for and showing cats. Cat Club is open to all youth regardless of age or enrollment status, as well as parents and volunteers looking to gain knowledge about cats and the 4-H cat project. New lessons are addede ach month and cover various topics, such as vaccination, diseases, grooming, diet, reproduction, breeds, genetics, cat selection, and showmanship.
The Companion Animal Challenge, held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus, provides 4-H members an opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their companion animal knowledge through a variety of 4-H contests that do not require live animals, including demonstrations, skillathon, essay, art, and photography contests.