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Do All Cats Like Other Cats?

Updated on February 10, 2012

Social Cats

Here are a couple of cats that enjoy the company of other cats.
Here are a couple of cats that enjoy the company of other cats.

Cats Have Various Personalities

Just like people, cats have many different personalities.

Have you ever known someone who was a loner? Maybe didn't like to socialize much with other people? This person sits by himself at lunch. He responds in one word answers to questions. He just prefers to be left alone. There are cats like this too.

Have you ever known someone that was a social butterfly, and could talk to anyone, striking up a conversation and becoming instant best friends? There are cats like this too.

Have you ever known someone who was moody? One day they're all smiles and giggles and the next day they're grumpy as all get out? Maybe they're bi-polar, or have some chemical imbalance issue. Believe it or not, there are cats like this too.

For any personality type you can think of, there's probably a cat with similar traits.

Some people are active and love to run and play and exercise (like the playful cats we know).

Some people are couch potatoes and like to sit around and relax (like some cats we know).

Get the point?

Social Butterfly Cats

There are some cats that are very social, and they generally want to be friends with any cat around. They'll at least try to make friends, and they may keep trying until the other cat gives in and is also friendly with them.

Social Cats

Sample of social cats, just wanting to be near each other and bathe each other.
Sample of social cats, just wanting to be near each other and bathe each other.

Solitary Cats

Not all cats get along with or like other cats. There are some cats that prefer to be the only cat in the household, thus getting all of the attention of the human occupants.

There are some cats that are overly territorial, and will chase any cat that comes into "their space." Some of these types of cats will learn to tolerate other cats, keeping their distance and trying to ignore other kitties within the household, while other cats may become very aggressive towards other cats, chasing them and starting fights.

Why don't they like other cats?

There's not any single answer to this question, but usually, a cat of this type has not been raised around other cats, so is not used to having other cats around, nor with sharing the attention of the people in the home.

Anti-social Cat

"This is my sleeping spot. Leave me alone; can't you see my back is to you?"
"This is my sleeping spot. Leave me alone; can't you see my back is to you?"

Do Solitary Cats Like Other Types of Pets?

There's no single answer to this question either. Some cats like dogs, even though they don't like other cats. The cat may also get along with bunnies or other animals if they were raised with a variety of pets. They also may get along with other animals if it's in their nature.

In other words, each cat has their own personality. Just like not all people like all other people, it's the same with cats.

The best way for you to find out if your cat likes other cats or not, is to give it a try. Just be aware that integrating one cat with another isn't always instant. It may take days, weeks or very seldom, months before the cats get used to each other.

If adopting, as the foster or shelter if the kitty you're interested in gets along with other cats.

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      Christine 6 years ago from Michigan

      I have had multiple cats before. They were okay with each other, but I never trusted to leave them alone in the house together. They would be playing and then all of a sudden they were in a cat fight. My cats and dogs all got along well though except for a stray kitty I took in who was afraid of the dog. Our dog was just a little poodle. The cat would do okay until one of the family members would play rough and tumble with the dog. He would attack the dog and if I picked the dog up to protect him the cat would attack me. The dog wanted to be friends, but it just wasn't going to work so I took him (kitty) to the humane society and they assured me they would not put him in a home where there were dogs. I think maybe he had been attacked by a dog at some point in his life.

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