Some breeds of cat are better suited to busy households – and children – than others. Even with the following breeds, though, you will still have to teach your children to respect the cat and not scare it, as mentioned in the previous section. If your kids respect the cat, they will earn her respect in return.
The following breeds are best with children – gentle, laid back, and affectionate:
1 - Abyssinian
The magnificent Abyssinian
Loyal, affectionate, and playful, Abyssinians are also very active and inquisitive. Their instinct for exploration will provide lots of entertainment. Highly intelligent, they usually respond well to clicker-training, and are one of the few breeds able to learn tricks.
2 - Burmese
A Burmese cat takes time out on a fence
Playful and affectionate, the Burmese is at ease in a busy household, and actively enjoys love and attention. They can even learn how to play fetch, like a pet dog.
3 - Maine Coon
A child friendly Maine Coon cat
Another loving and affectionate breed that adapts well to its place in a busy family. They have a sweet and gentle nature and can be very playful. Being fluffy, they are great cuddlers too!
4 - Manx
A tabby Manx cat - no sting in the tail!
Manx cats are famous for the thing they don’t have – a tail! This actually makes them perfect for younger children, as there is no tail to pull. Like the Burmese, they can be taught to play fetch.
5 - Ragdoll
The Ragdoll: friendly and docile, and therefore great with kids
Named after their habit of going “limp as a ragdoll” when picked up, this breed is every bit as docile as that trait would suggest. Affectionate and relaxed to the max, they are as child-friendly as you can get.
6 - Siamese
A child friendly Bluepoint Siamese cat
Playful, sweet natured, and sociable, the Siamese has had a bad press on the strength of the sly specimens portrayed in the classic Disney film Lady and the Tramp. They are very entertaining and love to play with toys and explore every corner of the house.
7 - Persian
A three coloured Persian kitten - looks funny, loves children
A very calm and playful breed. They like nothing better than seeking out human laps, and are known for being patient with boisterous children.