For families with kids, the decision to adopt or purchase a new cat can be tough. Due to their often-aloof nature, cats can easily become aggressive or standoffish toward children. Additionally, young children can easily injure or scare a cat without meaning to, and if the feline is of the wrong temperament or body size, these negative encounters can do long-lasting damage to their relationship. Fortunately, the cat breeds listed here are calm, friendly, and gentle enough to make wonderful companions for families with children.
Known for their unflappable nature, the British Shorthair was bred to exist on noisy and oftentimes dangerous family farms. Used to plenty of activity and loud noises, these laid-back cats are ideal for the busy family. Robust, confident, sturdy, and friendly, this breed is not prone to overreaction and will maintain a friendly and gentle presence around children. The British Shorthair tends to form deep bonds with their families; therefore, you can rest assured that the partnership between child and cat will stand the test of time.
Big enough to withstand some rough snuggles from the little one and affectionate enough to join in happily on afternoon naps, the Maine Coon is a wonderful cat breed for families with small children. They bond strongly with people and are very loyal and loving. Additionally, they are robust and adventurous, which makes them wonderful indoor as well as outdoor cats.
Known for being calm and low-energy, Persian cats make for quiet and thoughtful companions. Although they are not interested in the same robust play as other cat breeds, the Persian will happily nap on your child’s lap or follow him around the house. Beautifully longhaired, Persians can help teach children the importance of grooming and caring for their furry friends.
Famous for their exceedingly kind nature, the Ragdoll is a virtual teddy bear for all members of the family. Loving and levelheaded, the Ragdoll is a breed that will happily tolerate curious children without reacting negatively or aggressively. The Ragdoll’s patient nature will help teach children how to respect animals without putting them in danger.
Intelligent, energetic, playful, and loyal, the Siamese cat is a wonderful family companion that reacts well to children. Because Siamese cats enjoy being the center of attention, a child’s infatuation with the kitty can encourage a deep bond and love that will last for years to come. Siamese cats enjoy playing games and can occasionally be taught to fetch like a dog.
Although it can be difficult to find a cat that is a good match for children, these five breeds fit the bill. Calm, loving, gentle and affectionate, these cats are well suited to living in busy family homes and for helping teach children how to love, respect, and care for their four-legged friends.
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