Are Cats Good Pets for Children…Absolutely!
10 November, 2015

If you are thinking about adopting a cat, but are worried about if they will get along with your kids, not to worry. Cats and children are a great fit. If you adopt an especially playful kitten or cat, your kids will be their new best friends. It is great for kids to have the responsibility of pet ownership while the cats benefit from the love and devotion of the kids.

If you can find a kitty that has some of the following characteristics, it will start the relationship on a solid foundation. Of course, it isn’t always easy to know in advance, but it is best if they are: tolerant of loud noises and sudden movements, enjoy being handled and pet, don’t claw or nip when picked up and are sociable.

Choosing a cat or the cat choosing you:

Take your kids with you to select a cat, hold it and see how they get along. If the cat approaches your children readily, that’s a great start. Have your child pick up the cat and see how they like each other. Does the cat cringe or try to hide when he or she hears loud noises? If so, she might not be the best choice for your family. If the cat cowers or hides in a corner, she might not be a good choice in a raucous family environment. If the cat purrs, however, that is a great sign.

When adopting, you don’t always know the breed of the cat, however; the below cats usually have more tolerant and playful temperaments. They are less likely to be possessive of or bonded to individual family members, which means they are less likely to see a new baby as a threat. These are all social, people-oriented breeds.

American Shorthair: These happy, social, energetic cats also get along really well with dogs and kids.

Burmese: Friendly and people-oriented, the lovely Burmese are very gentle with kids.

Maine Coon: These big mellow cats are naturally sociable and a great cat with kids, but they do need to be brushed daily.

Manx: This tailless breed loves attention, and is also a social, friendly cat. And they don’t shed!

Persian: Like the Maine Coon, a Persian needs daily grooming, so be prepared for that commitment before adopting one. They are social and love attention.

Ragdoll: Ragdolls also are very furry but are very gentle cats who love to be picked up. They are amiable and love kids.

As mentioned above, when choosing a cat based by the breed, it does not guarantee a perfect match. Try not to limit your family to specific breeds that you might miss out on some of the wonderful mixed breed cats awaiting for homes at your local shelter, many which are great kid-tolerant pets.

Don’t forget to Spay or Neuter Your Cats:

Spaying or neutering your cat is the single most important action you can take to ensure that the cat will not lash out at one of your children. When your cat is spayed or neutered, it not only calms them down, but makes them less testy. And, of course, there are so many homeless kitties out there that we don’t need any more.

Selecting a cat with the right personality for your family will make your household that much happier. Even a meek or shy cat can and will benefit from the experience and will learn to love your family and become more affectionate.

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