Cats are among the most popular of choices when it comes to pets. The general impression of them are that they are easy to care for and are low-maintenance, which makes them ideal pets for families with kids. With so many feline breeds to choose from, you have to consider several factors including your family’s lifestyle to find the perfect fit.
When looking for a cat breed that’s great with kids, take note that although some cats are generally known for being excellent with children, individual pets will differ invariably based on their personality, socialization, past experiences, and training.
Here are the top 10 cat breeds that are more compatible with kids:
1. Abyssinian Cats
Abys are popular for being affectionate and loyal kid-friendly pets. They thrive well in multi-pet households because they can mix well with other pets. They are such curious creatures and very playful, too. Being people-oriented cats, Abys love interactions and doing activities with their humans.
2. Cornish Rex Cats
Cornish Rex cats are very active and love to spend time playing with their toys. When something excites them, they race about and even perform acrobatic moves. They possess a strong spirit of adventure. Their curiosity will send them exploring nooks and crannies in their immediate environment, such as the area behind the washing machine or furniture. The Cornish Rex can easily adapt to new situations and can get along well with kids. Their short, extremely soft, and silky hair coat has earned them a spot in the list of cat breeds for allergies.
3. Exotic Short Hairs
Exotic short hairs are well-loved for their sweet and affectionate disposition. They love being around their owners and will always follow them around the home. These cats are also playful and generally friendly towards other pets, making them an ideal pet for a multi-pet household. Their timid and gentle personality makes them good companions for kids.
4. Himalayan Cats
Himalayan cats are social creatures. They love bonding and spending time with their families. Their sweet temperament and playful attitude make them ideal pets for children. Like Siamese cats, they love a game of fetch and can spend hours playing with their toys. Himalayans are also among the smarter cat breeds that can be trained.
5. Maine Coon Cats
Maine Coon cats are affectionately called “gentle giants”. They are among the largest breeds of domestic felines. These cats are very intelligent which makes them highly trainable. They are people-oriented; they love spending time interacting with their pet owners, following them around the house like dogs. They are playful and won’t turn down a game of fetch.
6. Manx Cats
Manx cats are friendly and playful like dogs. And just like dogs they can be protective of the pack. Any perceived threat to the family brings on their defensive side, causing them to growl and/or attack an animal or a person whom they think is a threat. They have a mellow and laid-back disposition that makes them ideal pets for kids. Manx cats love a game of fetch and always take an interest in what their humans are doing. You will likely hear your Manx’s trill meowing as he follows you around from room to room. These cats also enjoy the water.
7. Ragdoll Cats
Ragdoll cats are one of the largest feline breeds around but they are also one of the most affectionate. Their dog-like personality has earned them the reputation of being “puppy-cats”. They are human-oriented and will always find opportunities to seek out the company of their owners. They won’t pass up the chance to follow their humans around, sleep with them, and cuddle up. Ragdolls are also well-known for being extremely mild-mannered. They are good with kids and can thrive well with other pets in the household. Their high intelligence makes it easier to train them to learn tricks that are taught to dogs, such as rolling over, a game of fetch, or even begging.
8. Scottish Fold Cats
Scottish Folds are easy-going, very affectionate, and friendly with humans and pets alike. They are good-natured and are outgoing and very playful. A Scottish Fold can easily get attached to a particular member of the family, following him/her around the house and never passing up a chance to cuddle next to their favorite human. These cats are also known for their ability to “speak” as their soft voices assume different purrs and meows, a trait that is uncommon in many other breeds of felines.
9. Siamese Cats
These blue-eyed cats are one of the most popular breeds for families with kids. They are very sociable and intelligent. They love interacting with children and even dogs. These active and playful cats are always finding ways for human interactions and following their owners around. They are accomplished attention-seekers like dogs. They can be trained to walk on a leash.
10. Siberian Cats
Siberian cats make excellent pets for families with pets because they are very affectionate and playful. They can live well with other household pets, too. They possess “dog-like” traits, such as being easy-going, social, and being devoted to their owners. Siberian cats are hardly couch potatoes. They are always finding ways to amuse themselves with their toys and cat furniture. These smart cats can be trained to play fetch, walk on a leash, or even hunt. Like Manx cats, they also love playing in the water. Siberian cats never seem to grow old in terms of their behavior as they are known to retain their kitten-like personality even when they’re older.