Are you ready to adopt a pet cat into your household?
We know that there are many factors to consider, especially if you have children. Bringing a pet into your home will lead to more benefits for children when they grow up. The Care Community has listed some considerations on choosing a cat for your family.
So what are some things to look out for? It is beneficial to know the cat’s temperament, which is directly influenced by genetics. It is also important to know whether they’ll be patient with kids or show any interest around them.
There are a lot of cat breeds out there… but which ones are good for your children? Here are a number of them, and hopefully they will be a good match not only to your child but to your whole family as well.
Listing Down The Best 10 Cat Breeds for Your Kids
Also known as the “Gentle Giant,” this breed is a very sociable and easy-going cat. With its good-natured personality, it is known to be fond of people as well as other pets in the house. It generally gets along with everyone.
It also has a tendency to follow you or your children around the house. A Maine Coon is not the type to sit on laps to have a relaxing time, but rather spend it by your side or chasing objects around the house.
Maine Coons love the attention they get, but are not clingy animals. They are also just as satisfied just lounging around by themselves.
Their relaxed personality will be able to handle petting from kids, and dress-ups won’t really bother them much. Even with this, they are quite intelligent and are also trainable, similar to a dog, which is why they usually end up as family or therapy cats.
Another good thing is that Maine Coons don’t meow often. They communicate through soft chirping to get your attention. These things are probably why the Maine Coon was #5 for popularity in 2017 by the Cat Fancier’s Association in the US.
The Ragdoll is a fairly young breed in the cat list, as well as one of the top popular breeds. Another laidback cat, the Ragdoll suits its name because of its ability to crumple in someone’s arms when snuggled.
This loving and gentle feline enjoys the company of people rather than other pets. However, if you have other pets in the house, this still wouldn’t be a problem because this breed likes to socialize with dogs to boot.
Ragdolls are known to be playful at times and have a habit of not extending their claws when playing. This is a plus for a family who has younger children, as these cats can withstand being carried as long as they are handled properly.
They are also a quiet cat and will only chirp when they like to be petted or when they get hungry. They do prefer a calm household, but can tolerate a lively one as well. They are so well-behaved that they could also live in a busy family, and you can be sure that they would greet you when you get home.
A lively and playful cat originating from Asia, this breed is a great choice for families with young children. Burmese cats love to interact and be a part of whatever it is you are doing. They are lap cats- always one to cuddle with their family and favorite owner.
It won’t be a problem if you include them in your children’s playtime. They will actively play with them, and can tolerate proper carrying by a child. Your kids will be able to place them in strollers and dress them up as babies without a hitch. They absolutely love the attention they get from children.
You may also able to train Burmese cats to fetch or do any tricks, for that matter. They are highly intelligent, and teaching them tricks can support their energy level.They are also known to be very vocal when communicating. Owners might have to be patient with them when they get into the talkative-zone.
This breed is a people-loving animal, so it is best for these cats to always have companions. They will not be suited for a home that may leave them alone for long periods. They are an ideal family pet but take this into consideration: getting another cat would be good of course, but getting another Burmese would be the best option.
The Abyssinians are one of the quietest breeds out there, producing minimal meowing when they want to communicate, in contrast to their high energy level and curiosity that lead them to wander every crook and cranny in your home. Abyssinians are great for children 7 years and older who will be able to match their energy.
Unlike the breeds mentioned above, this type likes to perch on high places and observe its surroundings. This stems from their curiosity and also extends to them being very playful.
Abyssinian cats love to be the center of attention and will involve you in everything that they do, which includes tricks they have up their sleeves.
They are not a fan of sitting in laps and they’d rather cuddle up by their owner’s side. They are known to love using their owner’s shoulder to perch on. They are very loyal to their owners, and their highly affectionate nature will easily bond them to a family.
Anyone will be captivated by this cat’s blue eyes coupled with its sweet disposition. It is known to be gentle and even-tempered, making it an excellent companion. It doesn’t tend to fear new people and can easily adapt to a new environment, making it a good pet for families with children.
Birman cats are well-mannered. Though they do get territorial, it’s usually not in an aggressive way. It is normal for them to run around and chase others. They are so welcoming that they approach and make friends with other people, dogs, or other cat breeds.
This is another breed that is identified as being quiet. The sound it occasionally makes is similar to a bell being rung.
Compared to other breeds that prefer to be alone, the Birman prefers to be near its owner. It will be comfortable sitting on the couch beside its owners. It is easy to take care of, although the long fur requires regular grooming, and is considered as one of the healthiest breeds among cats.
Despite its mean appearance, the Siamese is generally good-natured and will develop a strong bond with its family, As long as it receives the love and attention it needs in a home.
Siamese cats are entertainers, and will keep interacting with you to keep your focus on them. They are naturally drawn to children rather than adults because of their playful disposition. They are very tolerable against a child’s attitude.This popular breed is also known for being athletic and agile, so it will also be able to put up with a child’s energy level.
The Siamese is also a people-loving type, and will happily follow you around the house. It loves warm places, so it would love to have a lap snuggle session with its owners or you may find yourself waking up with someone under your covers.
Whether it is their family’s lap or shoulder, Siamese cats have a tendency to be demanding for attention. They are talkative cats with a distinctive low-pitched Siamese voice, and always seem to want the last word.
This cat is related to the Ragdoll breed, and both possess a sweet and patient temperament. This combination deserves a place on this list. Ragamuffins prefer the companionship of people, and like to be petted as much as possible. These large fluffy creatures are also known to be lap cats.
You can hold them as much as you want, be it a child or an adult, and they really wouldn’t mind. They rarely extend their paws out to scratch, just like their cousin Ragdolls. Even with their passive nature, they still won’t hesitate to play with you.
It would be therapeutic to just stroke their thick fur and would be especially enjoyable for kids. A good bonding activity between your cat and child can be the weekly grooming the Ragamuffin needs. Don’t be surprised if you see them on top of a table doing homework together with your children. It’s one of their adorable ways to connect with their people.
They easily adapt, and routine changes won’t shake them up. It is best to keep them indoors because as much as they are friendly, they can be unsafe outside. They are too trusting to be left by themselves near the street.
The Manx is considered a rare breed, and it is known for distinct show cats are tailless. Not every cat is tailless though; in the same litter, there might be kittens that are tailless, have long, bushy tails. Manx cats have a higher rump back than their front legs, which makes them excellent jumpers. It is normal for them to jump to higher places inside the house and observe their surroundings from above. Their body shape also gives them the ability to be fast runners and corner shifters. It is a possibility that you may never know what brushed past you.
The Manx are fun loving creatures, and combined with their natural mouse hunter instinct, makes for them lively playmates. They have a great sense of humor, and are overall a great entertainer. You will never get tired of watching a Manx play.
They are very intelligent and protective of their own. They are not keen on strangers in the house and have a tendency to keep watch, like a watchdog. However, as smart as they are, they will back off gently when they see that their owners are safe, which shows how devoted they can be.
Their temperament makes them a good pet for families with children. Their intelligence includes their sensitivity to a child’s behavior. They are patient, and would get out of a kid’s way if they felt uncomfortable instead of scratching or meowing at them.
Norwegian Forest Cat
A native of Norway, the Norwegian Forest cat has a similar look to the Maine Coon, and also falls under the large cat category. This feline is low maintenance, even with its semi-long fur. It is one of the natural breeds known to be adaptable to its environment, as well as being sturdy and agile.
Norwegian Forest cats are gentle creatures that will complement being a companion to older children. They are a friendly and relaxed breed known to even befriend other cats, dogs, and people aside from their family. Their passive disposition gives them a tolerance that other cats don’t have with children.
Despite them being laidback, they are not overly fond of laps and constant petting from their family, though they’ll appreciate some occasional stroking and will even reciprocate it. They are quite independent, and are able to entertain themselves just by perching on high areas around the house.
The Wegie, as it is also known, is one of the quiet breeds in the cat list. It will only communicate through soft purring when it gets hungry. The Wegie is not the type to make noise at night, as long as you’ve provided it with its dinner.
Many Wegie’s also produce less of the Fel D1 protein that causes sneeze attacks in cat-allergic people. For families with allergic children who want a kitty, the Wegie may be the perfect solution.
Looking like a stuffed animal, the Selkirk Rex is another young, natural breed in the list. Its coat is full of natural curls that almost everyone would want to touch. It has the same relaxed energy as its British ancestors, but is not one to pass up a good playtime.
The Rex is moderately active, extremely affectionate, and can be very demanding of your attention. It loves every opportunity it can get to sleep on your lap or just snuggle. It is sociable and loves to be around people.
The Selkirk Rex is another tolerant breed when being handled, which makes it a suitable pet for families with children. It can start small conversations with you using its small voice, as it is quite the talker too.
All of the breeds mentioned above have similar temperaments that can tolerate a child’s behavior, and are inherent lovers of people. Just like humans, however, pets have their own personalities as well. After their genetic qualities, the environment and the amount of socialization they receive will affect their overall disposition as a pet.
Here are a few things to consider when getting a cat in a household with kids:
- It is great to discuss the plan with your child prior to getting a pet cat. It is important to explain to them that cats are not toys, but are to be respected just like any other member of the family.
- Consider the age of your child when choosing a pet. It is recommended that you foster an older cat if you have young children at home, according to the American Humane Association.
- Teach them how to properly handle cats before bringing one home, whether at another cat-owner’s home or a shelter.
- Let the children observe and take note of different feline body language.
- Let the kids assist in feeding and caring for the cat to instill responsibility. They will also realize that cats also have certain needs that they have to look out for.
Cats are one of the best companions out there, and your child may have them for a long time. Caring for a feline can develop a sense of responsibility and empathy for children at a young age.
On the other hand, the cat will also have the opportunity to learn about socialization with your kids. Therefore, it is essential to choose the proper cat for your family to foster a loving relationship in your home.