Alley Cat Allies is proud to introduce our latest in-depth resource: The Cat Socialization Continuum: A Guide to Interactions Between Cats and Humans.

Bad Boy (left) and Mikey, community cats protected by our Boardwalk Cats Project®, are comfortable being pet by their caregiver. However, they are not fully socialized to people and therefore are not candidates for adoption.

This new guide, the first of its kind anywhere, will help you save cats’ lives. Making decisions for each cat must be done with their best interests at heart, and understanding cats’ unique relationships with people is a critical component.

The Cat Socialization Continuum will help you learn the many degrees of socialization—or the measure of a cat’s comfort around humans—cats can exhibit and how to apply that knowledge to best care for, help, and protect them.

As the leader of a global movement to protect cats and kittens, Alley Cat Allies has more than 30 years of experience working hands-on with cats and connecting with experts who care for cats and study their behavior. We know that mastering the ability to recognize a cat‘s level of socialization is key to advocating for her effectively.

We also know that socialization in cats is fluid. Cats can adapt and so does their socialization.

So, where does your cat fall on the socialization continuum, and why does it matter?Find out through “The Cat Socialization Continuum: A Guide to Interactions Between Cats and Humans.”

You’ll learn:

  • Why domestication and socialization are not the same
  • The “Touch Barrier” concept for interacting with cats
  • The stories of cats and their unique points in the socialization continuum
  • The behaviors of socialized vs unsocialized cats
  • The 6 factors that influence a cat’s socialization
  • And how to turn all this knowledge into lifesaving action!

All cats  deserve to be protected—from socialized cats who are  content to curl up on a person’s lap to unsocialized cats who are only at home outdoors with their feline family, and every cat in between.

Please read this important new guide and share it with your friends, family, local animal shelters, officials, and anyone and everyone who cares about cats and is committed to policies that save their lives.

The more people understand the socialization continuum in cats, the more capable we are as a movement to protect and improve ALL cats’ lives.