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15 Cat Breeds That Get Along with Other Cats (with Pictures)

Nicole Cosgrove

June 24, 2021

We all love our cats, but we also know that they can be quite territorial and will often fight with other cats that invade their area. If you have a cat and are looking to get a second cat, it’s a good idea to look for breeds that get along with other cats. However, with more than 70 cat breeds in the United States, it can be challenging to sort through them all to find the friendliest ones. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you and assembled the largest list of cats that get along with other cats that we could. We’ve gone through each of the breeds, looked up the facts, and talked to the experts to bring you a complete report. For each listing, we’ve provided you with an image as well as a short description so you can learn a little more about each breed to help you make an informed decision.

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Friendly Cat Breeds

1. Siberian

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Image Credit: claudia125, Pixabay
  • Lifespan: 10–18 years
  • Temperament: Social, active, playful
  • Colors: Orange, grey, black, blue, and white

The Siberian cat is an ancient breed from Russia. It’s a medium to medium-large cat capable of extremely high jumps and athletic maneuvers. It’s available in a wide range of colors and patterns, but the most common colors are white, orange, grey, black, and blue. This cat breed gets along with other pets and is tolerant of children.


2. Cornish Rex

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  • Lifespan: 10–15 years
  • Temperament: Intelligent, affectionate, and trainable
  • Colors: Wide variety

The Cornish Rex is a cat breed with extremely short hair that is often considered hairless. The fur is only the down undercoat, and there is no guard hair present like in other cats. These cats are available in any color or pattern, and they are quite friendly and enjoy palling around with other pets and family members. These cats are often cold, so they spend a lot of time on your lap and will also snuggle up with dogs and even cats.


3. Tonkinese

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Image Credit: Lifesummerlin, Shutterstock
  • Lifespan: 15–18 years
  • Temperament: Playful, intelligent, loyal
  • Colors: Wide range

The Tonkinese breed is an affectionate cat breed that is a mix of the Siamese and the Burmese. These cats have a playful personality and will get along well with other cats and dogs, especially if you socialize them early. You can find these cats in a wide range of colors and patterns, but they often have the color point pattern, a form of albinism that causes cooler parts of the body like the face and legs to have more color.


4. Abyssinian

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  • Lifespan: 9–15 years
  • Temperament: Loving and affectionate
  • Colors: Ruddy, blue, fawn, sorrel

The Abyssinian is one of the oldest cat breeds in existence, and scientists have even found mummified remains of this cat. It’s a slender cat with above-average intelligence. It will often try to trick you and other animals into doing what it wants and can spend a significant amount of time developing a trap. It usually forms strong bonds with people and other animals, including cats.


5. Russian Blue

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  • Lifespan: 10–20 years
  • Temperament: Sweet, loving, and affectionate
  • Colors: Blue

The Russian Blue cat breed is a striking silvery-grey cat with thick fur and a muscular body. It has bright green eyes and a long thin tail. It’s a sweet cat that loves to rub on the legs of its owners and gets along well with other cats and dogs. It has a long lifespan, with some cats reaching 25 years of age, and they are smart enough to learn several tricks.


6. Scottish Fold

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Image Credit: Karin Wördehoff, Pixabay
  • Lifespan: 12–15 years
  • Temperament: Affectionate, active, needy
  • Colors: Wide range

The Scottish Fold is an adorable cat breed that is instantly recognizable due to its curled ears that result from genetics. The cat also has a round head that makes it look like an owl, especially if it has bright orange eyes, as some do. These carts are extremely affectionate, and some owners even describe them as needy, but they bond well with other cats and are usually too laid back for territorial disputes.


7. Bengal

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  • Lifespan: 10–16 years
  • Temperament: Sweet and loving
  • Colors: Bengal pattern

As you may have guessed from the name, the Bengal cat breed closely resembles the Bengal tiger with its spots and stripes. It’s attractive and unique, and despite its wild look, it’s sweet and loving and will spend most of its time under your feet or on your lap. Since it pays so much attention to you, it hardly notices other cats and doesn’t usually get involved in territorial disputes.


8. Ragdoll

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  • Lifespan: 9–15 years
  • Temperament: Curious, playful, even-tempered
  • Colors: Wide range

The Ragdoll cat is a breed that features a color point coat. These cats look similar to Burmese cats, to which they are related. Most owners describe them as having dog-like qualities because they like to follow you around the house and are often at the door when you get home. These cats are playful and enjoy chasing paper balls and laser pens. It’s even-tempered and gets along well with other cats and dogs.


9. Birman

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  • Lifespan: 12–16 years
  • Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, gentle
  • Colors: Multiple colors

The Birman cat is a long-haired breed available in several colors, but each will be in color point. These cats are extremely popular among children because of the long fur, bright blue eyes, and friendly nature. They are gentle and affectionate around humans and other pets and will usually let another cat have the area if it’s fighting over territory.


10. Persian

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  • Lifespan: 12–17 years
  • Temperament: quiet, sweet, easy-going
  • Colors: Red, blue, brown, cameo, silver, and cream

The Persian cat is another long-haired breed that your children will love. It usually has a scruffier appearance than the Birman breed, but it available in more colors and patterns. The Persian is one of the quieter cat breeds, and you’ll always find yourself looking for it as it sneaks around your home. It’s easy-going and rarely fights with other cats or becomes territorial.


11. Maine Coon

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  • Lifespan: 9–15 years
  • Temperament: gentle, calm, intelligent
  • Colors: Wide Variety

The Maine Coon cat breed is the largest domesticated cat in the world. It’s one of the oldest breeds native to North America. It’s available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and it has a thick furry coat capable of withstanding extremely cold temperatures. It’s one of the friendliest cat breeds you can find, and this behavior extends to other animals, including cats.


12. Exotic Shorthair

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  • Lifespan: 12–15 years
  • Temperament: Affectionate, intelligent, playful
  • Colors: White, red, cream, black, blue, chocolate, lilac, silver, and more

The Exotic Shorthair is a shorthaired version of the Persian cat and has a very similar appearance and temperament. It has a scrunched-in face and a short, dense coat. It’s a gentle cat with a calm personality that is rarely bothered by territorial disputes or other acts of aggression. It requires very little maintenance and loves to chase after balls and string.


13. Japanese Bobtail

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  • Lifespan: 15–16 years
  • Temperament: Vocal, friendly, affectionate
  • Colors: Black, white, red

The Japanese Bobtail is a unique breed that has a small rabbit-like tail. It’s usually black and white, or red and white, with most of the body having a white color. It’s a fantastic family breed that will get along well with all family members, including cats and dogs. It’s one of the most vocal breeds you can find, and it will often roam around the house singing and talking.


14. Siamese

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  • Lifespan: 8–12 years
  • Temperament: intelligent, loving, independent
  • Colors: Wide variety

The Siamese cat is one of the oldest cat breeds from Asia. It has a slender and muscular body and short fur. It’s available in a wide variety of colors, but most cats will have the color point pattern, which will leave most of the body white with color over the face, tail, and feet. It’s a loving breed but will tend to spend a lot of time off on its own.


15. Domestic Shorthair

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  • Lifespan: 15–20 years
  • Temperament: playful, affectionate, calm
  • Colors: Wide variety

The Domestic Shorthair is the name given to any American cat without a specific lineage. You can find these cats easily across the United States, and many times you can purchase them for little or no cost. While they might not be on the top of most people’s friendly cat lists, these cats are often quite friendly and will get along fine with other cats, especially if you socialize them early.

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Summary

When choosing a cat breed that gets along with other cats, there’s no easy choice to make. Even cats in the same breed can have widely different personalities. Socializing your cat with other cats at a young age is the best way to ensure they get along later in life. Purchasing one male and one female will also ease tensions between males, but you will need to get the cats spayed and neutered. If we had to choose one or two breeds that would be the friendliest, we would probably go with the Cornish Rex or the Maine Coon.

We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide and found a few cats you would like to have in your home. If we have helped you choose your next pet, please share these 15 cat breeds that get along with other cat breeds on Facebook and Twitter.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.