Some cats can refuse to socialise with other pets, particularly other kitties.
Cats are naturally solitary animals, meaning you should consider social, even-tempered, non-territorial and adaptable breeds for multiple kitty homes.
But what are the breeds that get on best with other cats?
Below, Vicki Jo Harrison, the president of the International Cat Association (TICA), guides us through the best cat breeds for multi-cat households.
Fiercely loyal and highly people-oriented, Abyssinians are referred to as the cat of the dog world.
“They are generally great with children, dogs, and other cats,” Harrison told Newsweek.
“They show a lively interest in their surroundings and are famous for their playful and curious disposition.”
Known for their exotic looks, the Bengal is one of the most recognized breeds of cat.
Harrison described Bengals as “very social and thrive in the company of others.”
She said: “While extremely active, they are also very affectionate and can be a ‘lap cat’ whenever they choose.
“However, in general, their idea of fun is playing, chasing, climbing, and investigating. They do best with another cat or a small dog to keep them company.”
Gentle and affectionate, the Birman breed is considered one of the easiest cats to handle and gives the least cause for trouble.
The TICA president described these kitties’ laidback personalities as “the perfect choice for seniors, families with children, other cats, and cat-friendly dogs.”
She said: “If you talk to a Birman they will respond in a soft, pretty voice. Affectionately referred to as the ‘Velcro’ cat, the Birman is a quiet cat who loves people and will follow them throughout the day.”
The Bombay breed is viewed as lively and affectionate creatures that adore being in the company of their families.
“They are smart cats who love to play and are adaptable to many different environments and lifestyles,” Harrison said.
“As kittens, they are very active and curious and adapt easily to change. As they get older, they tend to become more tranquil, preferring to watch rather than get involved in activities.
“They do best with families who give them plenty of attention and get along well with children, other cats, and most pets.”
5. British Shorthair
Harrison believes this ancient cat breed, known for its chubby face and easy-going demeanor, makes “great family pets.”
She added: “These intelligent cats are unobtrusive, ruling their indoor kingdoms with a calm demeanor.
“Their quiet personality is the perfect choice for families and homes with other cats.”
6. Cornish Rex
The Cornish Rex has an outstanding and enthusiastic personality, and the TICA president called them “highly social” animals that “like to be in the middle of everything.”
She said: “Intelligent and active, they retain their kitten-like personalities throughout their adulthood.
“They prefer the company of their humans, other cats, and cat-friendly dogs, rather than being left alone for hours at a time.”
7. Exotic Shorthair
One of the oldest cat breeds, the Exotic Shorthair is part of the Persian Breed Group, including Persians and Himalayans.
While sweet and peaceful, Harrison suggests Exotics “still have an intelligent curiosity and love to play.”
She said: “Simple things amuse them, from chasing paper balls around the house to watching water drip out of a tap. Their easy-going personality makes them the perfect choice for homes with children, other cats, and most pets.”
A people-oriented breed, Havanas are gentle and curious about everything that happens in their home.
The TICA president said: “Playful and smart, they can be a good friend to a child and get along well with other cats, and most pets.
“Often compared to a puppy, Havana’s love to follow their families around and involve themselves in everything they do.
“These gentle cats are playful and curious, yet enjoy family-time, sitting in a lap and chatting to their owner in a soft voice.”
Harrison considers the Himalayan cat breed as “very easygoing [that] prefer lounging on a sofa with their families.”
“They are an adaptable breed and enjoy living with any family, other cats, and most pets, as long as they love them and treat them gently.
“They do not mind changes in routine and are generally friendly with everyone.”
10. Japanese Bobtail
The good luck cat of Japan is named for its unique pom-pom tail, no two of which are identical.
Japanese Bobtails are active and intelligent and when not busy playing, Japanese Bobtails often enjoy exploring new spaces.
Harrison told Newsweek: “They love people and are often found perched on the shoulder of a family member.
“Bobtails are loyal cats who get along well with children, other cats, and most pets, including dogs.”
11. Maine Coon
Despite its size, the Maine Coon cat is a sweet-tempered, gentle breed that gets along with both humans and fellow felines.
The TICA president said: “Kittens are more active than their adult counterparts, but if encouraged, most Maine Coons remain playful their whole lives.
“Social by nature, they make excellent companions for large, active families and get along well with children, other cats, dogs, and most other animals.”
12. Oriental Longhair and Shorthair
The Oriental Longhair and Shorthair are members of the Siamese breed group which includes the Siamese and Balinese, and Harrison described them as being “very social and thrive in the company of other people.”
“They do not grow out of their love of play, remaining kitten-like all their lives. They excel at the feline sport Agility and are very receptive to training.
“Loving in nature, they get along well with children and hold their own against much larger cats and dogs, often ruling the roost.”
The ancient Persian cat breed is easygoing and often enjoy lounging on a sofa with their household.
The TICA president said: “An adaptable breed, they enjoy living with children, other cats, and most pets, as long as they are loved and treated gently.
“Persians are placid and exhibit bursts of kitten-like activity. They can be sleeping in the sun one minute and suddenly explode into action, running through the room the next.”
Ragdolls are a large, affectionate, cat breed that lives up to its name by allowing children to carry them around the house.
Harrison told Newsweek: “They are generally easy-going and calm, but they do love to play. Balls, catnip toys, and cat trees are mandatory.
“Often compared to dogs due to their friendliness and intelligence, they can be taught to play fetch.
“They get along well with children, other cats, and most pets, including dogs.”
15. Scottish Fold
The unique folded ears of a Scottish Fold fit closely to their skull, giving them an owl-like appearance or as if they are donning a cap.
Harrison called this breed “loyal cats that bask in the company of their families.”
She added: “Intelligent and inquisitive, but a little less active than other breeds around the house.
“They prefer the company of their humans, other cats, and cat-friendly dogs rather than being left alone for hours at a time. This breed gets along well with both children and other pets.”
Siberians have a long-documented history, with the earliest known reference to this cat breed reportedly dating back to 1,000 AD.
The TICA president said: “Active and lively, Siberian’s love to play and entertain with clown-like antics.
“They are easy to train and teach new tricks and love to solve problems like helping their owners or find hidden toys.
“They make wonderful companions and get along well with everyone, including other cats, pets, and children.”
The Singapura is the smallest breed of cat and an energy-packed dynamo, with a personality Harrison described as “thriving on attention.”
“They are considered extroverts and do best in the company of another cat. While very active, they also enjoy spending time on people’s laps or shoulders,” she said.
Harrison described the longhaired cousin of the Abyssinian as “loyal and affectionate, they are very interactive with their owners and their environment.”
“Their high energy and curiosity make them interested in everything and everyone around them,” she said.
“Agile and athletic, they can be found dashing up a cat tree or running on an exercise wheel.
“They enjoy the company of another cat with a similar active temperament in the home for playing or cuddling.”
Known for its hairless coat, the Sphynx cat is known to adore attention and effortlessly attracts it wherever it goes.
Harrison told Newsweek: “They can entertain themselves, other cats, and their humans for hours with their inquisitive, intelligent, and extremely friendly personality.
“Sphynx are loyal and dedicated to their owners and make very affectionate companions for everyone.
“Mature Sphynx are extremely affectionate and are equally content cuddling for hours or playing with children and other animals.”
Developed from a cross between the Siamese and Burmese, the Tonkinese cat breed is intelligent and friendly, with a sense of humor.
The TICA president said in a statement: “Their friendly, open attitude makes them a good choice for families with children, other cats, or cat-friendly dogs.
“They speak when spoken to, but don’t vocalize their every move. Teach them tricks and provide an assortment of interactive toys to keep their mind and body exercised.”
She added: “They don’t like to be left alone, so consider a second cat to keep them company when their human is away.”