Cat breeds that are good with children
When choosing a cat you may consider whether you want a pedigree or a "mixed-breed cat," and whether you go to a breeder or a rescue center. All animals have individual characteristics but center staff will know each cat well and help you find the right rescue pet for you, or you can ask a breeder about the temperament of the tom and queen.
Cat breeds that are popular with families include:
Birman: Loving and receptive to training, the Birman is a sociable cat that you may even be able walk on a leash.
Ragdoll: Gentle and attention seeking, the Ragdoll is a friendly breed that takes well to being petted.
Himalayan: A more active cat, the Himalayan enjoys playing games as well as relishing indoor life.
Maine Coon: Patient with active children, the Main Coon is typically calm but also active.
Cats can be extremely affectionate and rewarding pets that can really help children to understand responsibility and caring for animals when the relationship is introduced and managed correctly. However, it is important to remember that they are animals that need looking after.
By educating children and allowing them to understand their new pet's needs, you can maximize the opportunity for a successful relationship and minimize any scratches to children or trauma to your new pet.