Breaking Research: Thousands of Cats … Just 7 Simple Cat Traits (Part 3)!

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Welcome to our third – and final – post in the series about 7 common cat traits!


If you missed the earlier posts of our “7 Common Cat Traits” series, here they are:

Part One: December 30 Covering:

  • The 7 Common Cat Traits & their Importance
  • How Traits Define a Cat’s Needs
  • The Feline’s 2 Behavioral Traits: Excessive Grooming & Litterbox Issues

Part Two: January 10 Covering the Cat Traits of:

  • Activity & Playfulness
  • Fearfulness
  • Aggression Towards Humans

Next, let’s look at the remaining 2 feline personality traits:

  • Sociability towards humans,
  • Sociability towards cats, and

discuss which specific cat breeds are most prone to these two traits.

1. Cat Traits: Sociability towards Humans

The Maine Coon has a social cat trait
Courtesy: ClaudiaWollesen / Pixabay

While many cats act standoffish with humans, 10 feline breeds are known to be the friendliest!

According to Pumpkin Pet Insurance, these social feline breeds are the:

  • Maine Coon
    Nicknamed “America’s Cat” and the gentle giants of the felines. They love other cats, people, children and dogs.
  • Siamese
    Known as the “people’s cat” according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Inquisitive and loving.
  • Abyssinian
    Sometimes called The Aby, loves family, social and loyal although they don’t like to be lap cats.
  • Ragdoll
    Loves small spaces, adults and children and other cats and dogs.
  • Sphynx
    Outgoing with adults, children, pets and dogs. Love to be the center of attention!

(Click on the link above for the other five breeds with social cat traits!)

The Sphynx has a very social cat trait
Courtesy: Dehogman / Pixabay

While these feline breeds are known to be friendly and social, remember, each cat is different with its own unique preferences!

Talk to an expert about a specific cat before adoption to make sure they are a good match when it comes to their social tendencies!

“Male cats are often more friendly than female cats,” says Susan Saffron, Founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals.

2. Cat Traits: Sociability towards Cats

Finally, let’s look at the best breeds that get along with other cats!

Courtesy: Dmitry Tsapenko / Pixabay

CAUTION: Not all cats will socialize with other cats.

If you have your heart set on a multi-feline household, look for breeds that are social, even-tempered, non-territorial and adaptable.

According to Vicki Jo Harrison, the president of the International Cat Association, the best breeds for a multi-cat home include 20 breeds:

  • Abyssinian.
  • Bengal.
  • Birman.
  • Bombay.
  • British Shorthair.

(Click on the link above for the other 15 best cats for a multi-cat home!)


Read the entire research paper from the University of Helsinki here!
“Reliability and Validity of Seven Feline Behavior and Personality Traits.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed this in-depth look at the common cat traits!


Courtesy: Cornelazar / Pixabay

A Final Reminder about Cat Traits!

Remember, before adopting a new kitten or cat, consider the feline’s breed and associated traits (breed-related genetics). Make sure you are truly willing to live with those traits throughout your cat’s life.

For a happy relationship with your cat, go beyond the looks and make your pick based on demonstrated breed behavior.

Benjamin & Lynette Hart, Experts in Animal Communication & Behavior


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