It would be incorrect to say that some cat breeds are definitely good and some are definitely bad for children. Ideally, every cat should get along well with a kid as long as proper communication and handling rules are set.
However, kids can accidentally be rough, so it's important that a cat can tolerate this type of behaviour. Regardless of the breed, a good family cat should have the following qualities:
- It should be tolerant to loud noises and sudden movements,
- It should have low territorial instincts,
- It should enjoys being handled and pet,
- It should not be prone to nipping or clawing when you handle it,
- It should be sociable, adaptable, and easy-going.
While there are many breeds that fit the above criteria, we've tried to highlight the most popular ones.
Please remember that a cat's temperament can differ even within the same breed, so every individual will demonstrate its own unique traits. Moreover, choosing a cat solely on breed does not guarantee a perfect match. If you're limiting your search to specific breeds, you might miss out on some of the wonderful mixed breed cats awaiting forever homes at your local shelter, many of whom would be great kid-tolerant pets.
No matter what cat you choose, you should never leave your kid playing with the cat alone. Always supervise any interaction between pets and children, and teach children to play gently and to respect the animal. This is for the safety and enjoyment of them both.
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Breed video: Abyssinian - for active family!
The Aby is an extremely friendly and sociable breed that loves to play.
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Origin: Emigrated from Europe to United States
American shorthairs are easy-going, adaptable, affectionate, and intelligent cats.
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Origin: Thought to be Burma
Breed Video: Birman
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Origin: Burma, Thailand
Colours: brown, blue, lilac, red, chocolate, cream, brown tortie, blue tortie, chocolate tortie, lilac tortie
Breed video: Burmese Cat Playing Fetch
Friendly and people-oriented, Burmese are known to be gentle with kids. Burmese cats will want to participate in everything that is going on around.
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Origin: Isle of Man (Great Britain)
Breed video: Manx cats
Social and friendly, Manx cats thrive on attention.
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Origin: Iranian plateau (Persia)
Breed video: Persian - perfect family cat
Like the Maine Coon, a Persian needs daily grooming, so be prepared for that commitment before adopting one.
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Origin: United States
Breed video: Ragdoll
If you'd like a longhaired cat who needs less frequent grooming than the Maine Coon or Persian, consider the Ragdoll. The Ragdoll's character can be described by three simple words: obedient, sweet and neat.
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