Cats that are friendly toward other pets and that are good with children

Want to know more about cats that are friendly toward other pets and that are good with children? See all the cats that fit this criteria and learn more about what it's like to have these cats as pets.

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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, lavender / silver, chocolate / brown / sable, lilac
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
With their huge eyes, outgoing personalities, and dog-like tendencies, Burmese are the perfect cat for winning over people who say they don’t like cats.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Meant to emulate wild ocelots, the ocicat brings the visual thrill of a big cat, without a drop of wild blood.
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, friendly toward humans, tolerates being alone, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Scottish fold cats make great, affectionate pets that thrive on human interaction without being too demanding for your constant attention. They have a charmingly unique appearance due to their ear carriage, round heads and eyes, and thick legs and tail. Learn more about Scottish folds to see if one is right for you.
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, blue / gray, red / orange, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac, lavender / silver
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Beautiful, fuzzy, gentle giants, the ragamuffin is the perfect family cat who loves being held and stroked and gets along famously with children and other pets.
  • temperament: sociable
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: fawn, cinnamon, blue / gray, red / orange
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, families, cats
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, high potential for weight gain
The Pixie-bob is a muscular, highly intelligent cat with a sweet and loyal personality that makes him a great family pet. Learn more about living with Pixie-bob cats and kittens.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Singapura cats are high-energy, pint-sized pets with wide eyes, big ears, and playful personalities. Learn more about living with Singapuras.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
The American shorthair cat has a short, dense coat and is believed to have come to America aboard the Mayflower, earning its passage as a rat catcher. With their affectionate nature, compact build, round faces, and short ears, American shorthairs make beautiful and loving pets.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, red / orange, lilac, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Blending some of the best, rarest traits from the Siamese and the American shorthair, snowshoe cats are beautiful, devoted family companions.
  • temperament: affectionate, neurotic, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Russian blues are intelligent, loving, and loyal cats while preserving their independent streak. Learn more about this playful, pretty breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
Khao Manee cats, also known as Khao Plort cats, are playful. They have pure white coats and jewel-tone eyes. These rare kitties are said to bring good luck to owners. Learn more about living with a Khao Manee cat.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, fawn
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
American wirehair cats are a playful, affectionate, and independent breed with a coarse, crimped coat. Read more about this friendly companion cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Want a panther but also enjoy both of your arms? Let us suggest the Bombay cat breed!
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: hairless, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat
Similar in size and appearance to the sphynx or Oriental shorthair, the Peterbald cat is a newer breed of Russian origin with a unique coat and devoted family disposition. Learn more about this hairless cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long, hairless, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
LaPerm cats are known for their curly coats, friendly personalities and loud, proud purring. Learn more about living with the loving LaPerm cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, bold
  • coat length: long
  • colors: red / orange, blue / gray, cinnamon, fawn
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers
Somali cats are far more than just the sum of their parts. This is a lively, beautiful, intelligent cat who revels in the company of humans and animals alike.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone
Munchkin cats are short on legs and big on personality. Learn more about this incredibly cute one-of-a-kind cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
British shorthair cats are one of the oldest recognized cat breeds, first thought to have been brought to Britain by the Romans. Prized for their soft, plush coats and rounded bodies, British shorthairs could almost be mistaken for living teddy bears.
  • temperament: sociable
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Chartreux cats are as quiet and calm as they are silly and personable. Learn more about this fun French breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Burmillas are a cross between chinchilla Persians and Burmese cats. These cats are a fun, friendly breed that loves to be part of the family. Learn more about living with a Burmilla cat.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, color point, tabby
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat
The American curl is best known for the ears that give the breed their name. But on top of this adorably unique head feature, these are friendly, sweet family pets.