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The Best Cat Breeds For Families With Children
Cats can make excellent companions for children, but they may pose potential risks.
Before listing the top child-friendly breeds these are some of the main hazards to consider:
Scratches and Bites:
Sometimes cats might scratch or bite if they feel scared or bothered. It’s important to teach kids how to be gentle with cats and to watch them closely when they’re playing together. If bitten or scratched, a child should be seen by a doctor since serious infections could follow.
Some kids are allergic to cat fur, which can make them sneeze, have a runny nose, and itchy eyes. If you think your child might be allergic to cats, talk to your doctor about treatment.
Cats can host and transmit a variety of parasites and bacteria, e.g., Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis. This usually isn’t serious, but it can be dangerous for children with weak immune systems.
There’s a small chance that babies could be smothered by an over affectionate cat so it’s important to keep moggies away from cribs and bassinets or anywhere your baby is sleeping.
Several cat breeds are known for being gentle and patient and are therefore well-suited for families with children. Always keep in mind that any cat can be unpredictable, and every individual has a unique personality. (See below for tips on avoiding confrontations).
Maine Coon cats are famously large and have a gentle nature. Their intelligence and playfulness make them excellent companions for older children.
American Shorthairs are laid-back and with easygoing temperaments. Their adaptability lets them get along well with children of all ages.
Abyssinians are smart, always keen to play, and are happy to be in company. Being gentle and patient makes them an outstanding choice for young families.
Siamese cats are known for their intelligence and playful personalities. They are also very sociable and enjoy being around people.
Birman cats are gentle and affectionate. Being very social, they enjoy company and love to mix with their human housemates of all ages.
Sphynx cats are a naturally hairless breed that originated in Canada in the 1960s. They are known for their smooth, supple bodies and gentle personalities. Their intelligent and playful nature makes them a good choice to be around children.
Ragdoll cats have cute floppy bodies and a gentle temperament. They have a playful streak and are affectionate with children.
Persians are renowned for their luxurious flowing fur and gentle disposition. Being quiet and laid-back they aren’t always playful but love being gently petted.
It is important to note that not all cats within a breed will have the same temperament. It is always a good idea to meet individual cats and spend some time with them before bringing them into your home.
Here are some additional tips on choosing a cat for a family with children:
Find a socialised cat with exposure to children from a young age. This means that the cat is more likely to be comfortable with kids.
Understandably, a cat will be sensitive to new surroundings and sudden changes, or loud noises can easily cause stress. A calm and restful environment will help your cat feel secure and relaxed.
Cats can feel overwhelmed by too much rough attention. When that happens, they need their own comfortable hiding spot as a retreat. Provide them with a space where they can go to feel safe.
If your cat is severely irritable and this interferes with family life, consult a veterinarian or animal behaviourist. They will help to identify the cause and develop a plan to address the problem.