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The Top 5 Cat Breeds For Kids

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Cats and children can get along famously with the right guidance

When picking out a new furry friend, it is important to make the right choice for your household. For some, the most important thing is choosing a cat that gets along with dogs; for others, a cat that is low maintenance is of utmost importance. However, if you’ve got a household with children in it, you’ll want to bring home a kitty that will do well with your children. Cats can be great companions for children of any age.

Besides their breed, there are certainly other factors that go into a cat’s willingness to tolerate and get along with children. Some of the most important factors of a cat’s behavior include:

Age: A cat’s temperament and behavior changes over time along with their age. A kitten may have no idea how to peacefully interact with adults and children alike. Many kittens can’t distinguish between play and real fighting and can end up biting or scratching harder than they intended to. On the other end, elderly cats often become senile and may behave in a similarly inappropriate manner.
Background history: For any animal, early exposure to humans is key when it comes to socialization. If you are adopting an adult cat, you may be able to get information on their background and be able to select a cat that is notable for getting along with children. Most cats can learn trust and tolerance over time, but the earlier and more exposure that any given cat has had with children, the more likely they’ll be able to get along. If you’re getting a kitten, it is important to socialize them early on and teach them desirable behaviors.
Health: One of the most common symptoms of a cat with a health problem is a change in their behavior; usually negative. If a cat has a health problem that is causing them pain, they will likely have a shorter temper and therefore be less tolerant of children and playtime.

As you can see, many factors go into a cat’s willingness to get along with children, and you can’t bank on one breed being guaranteed to get along with children. However, certain breeds have been known over time to be extra calm, outgoing, and tolerant of children. The following breeds are our suggestions for cat-friendly felines:

Maine Coon: The Maine Coon is the largest housecat in the world. These gentle giants are known to be calm, patient, and easygoing. They’ll still play and entertain your household, but would rather take a nap and hang out than explore most days. Maine Coons have long, fluffy fur and require brushing so that their hair doesn’t become matted, adding a bit more responsibility than a short-haired cat. However, this responsibility could be a great lesson for a child.

American Shorthair: American Shorthairs are the most common kind of cat found in the U.S. These cats’ personalities can vary greatly, but a well-adapted and socialized American Shorthair would be a great cat for a family. They come in every color that a cat can be, giving you lots of options for aesthetics. American Shorthairs are known to be energetic and outgoing,

Ragdoll: Ragdolls are not only adorable, but kind and silly. They get their name from the breed’s peculiar habit of flopping in a ragdoll-like manner when picked up. This is a great trait for a cat to carry, especially in a family with children who will most likely want to pick the cat up. Their ragdoll nature makes them less fussy and less likely to use their claws or teeth to get out of a situation.

Persian: Persian cats like to be the life of the party and the center of attention, which could work out well for a family with playful children. Their squishy faces and fluffy tails are endlessly entertaining to look at, and they only require a medium amount of maintenance depending on the length of their hair. Persians are usually very tolerant in nature, and would be great with kids.

Abyssinian: One reason an Abyssinian would be a great cat for a household with children is their brave nature and outgoing personality. Abyssinians are known to thrive in family situations, as they enjoy the constant energy and stimulation. They may not be lap cats, but they’re great for endless entertainment and lots of playtime.

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This kitty appears to be very child-friendly!

Regardless of what breed you decide to go with, kids need to know how to interact with a cat if they’re going to try to befriend one. No matter how well-socialized your cat is, or how much they’ve enjoyed kids in the past, it is important to teach your kids how to behave appropriately with a furry friend. Even the nicest cat can snap when being tickled too hard or having their tail pulled. The following are some tips to teach your children in order to keep the peace between them and your cats:

Never pull a cat’s tail, paws, ears, or other extremities: This one may seem obvious, but for a child who isn’t familiar with felines, this is rule number one.
Always let a cat sniff you when first greeting: Whether you’re greeting a cat that you’ve known for years, or meeting a new one, you should always let a cat sniff you upon first greeting. This way, you can get a sense of the cat’s mood and let them set the tone for affection.
If a cat seems agitated or annoyed, don’t push it: Sometimes it is hard to explain to kids why a cat wouldn’t want to play with them, but once they learn to be patient and let the cat come to them, the relationship can begin to form.
Be patient when meeting a new cat: Similar to leaving an agitated cat alone, it’s important to be calm when meeting a new kitty. Some cats are more outgoing than others, and a shy cat needs time to prepare to meet a stranger.
Pet the kitty shoulders to tail: For children (and adults) who aren’t familiar with cats, a simple first reaction would be to pet a cat’s soft underbelly. Unfortunately, this is the easiest way to have a bad interaction with a cat, since 90% of cats will bite or claw when their tummies are touched, even if they’re exposing them. Teaching a child to pet from the cat’s shoulders and along the back to the tail will help them get along better and quicker.
Be careful with picking a cat up: Picking a cat up requires a level of trust that takes time between a cat and a person. Help your child read the body language of your cat and let them know when your cat might let you pick them up, or if your cat is the type that never wants to be handled.

Teaching your child these rules and helping them understand kitty’s body language will result in a more peaceful home, and help protect your child against harmful bites and scratches. Cats are only barely domesticated and will always revert back to their feline ways if they’re pushed too far. When introducing a new cat into your home, you should monitor the cat and small children together at all times for the first few months. Cats can be unpredictable, and it is hard to tell if they’ll get along with children right off the bat.

As long as you keep the peace and monitor your children’s behavior with your cat and your cat’s behavior in general, you can have a happy and harmonious home. Make sure to check out our articles on how to introduce cats to each other, and how to introduce cats and dogs as well.

Do you have a cat and child that get along famously? Leave your story in the comments!

How To Make Cats Like You

Portrait Of Beautiful Young Woman 20 Years With A Fluffy Red CatWhen meeting a new feline friend, do they flock to you like you’re a can of tuna, or tend to avoid you like you’re the vet? Cats aren’t the type of animal to automatically like any human, and can take more time than other animals to get to know. In order to be like-able to cats, you must understand what they’re looking for in a new friend and how to best approach a cat. Here, we’re going to discuss how to make feline friends and keep them coming back!

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The Truth About Fostering Cats

Being a cat foster-parent is a great service that benefits both the foster parent and the foster animal. This mutually beneficial relationship offers a home to an otherwise homeless or worse, euthanized, kitty while providing the foster home with some welcome visitors. Another great reason to foster is so that you can “try out” a pet before committing to being its forever home. Lots of people are curious about fostering, but not everyone knows how it works.

Many people don’t know why a cat would require foster care. Animals that require foster care are normally animals that will be perfectly ready for adoption, but need some time before they can be back in the shelter for a variety of reasons.

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Dear Green Gato #8 – This One’s For The Birds

African Grey Parrot And CatDear Green Gato,

I have quite a predicament. I have a darling cat named Jesse, and a sweet dog named Ralph. Jesse and Ralph get along great and tend to act like brothers, rather than cat and dog. Ralph is an old hound, and Jesse is a silly 3-year old orange boy cat. They cuddle, they play, and nothing seems to get out of hand. Now, on to my problem. One of my best friends has a pet cockatoo. They will be out of the country for three months, and need someone to take care of their bird.

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How To Introduce Cats To Each Other

Kitten PortraitsMany cat owners would agree that cats are more like humans than their furry counterparts. They talk to us, have distinctly different personalities, and are overall more picky than other animals. Just like with humans, cats don’t all automatically like each other. It takes time, patience, and open mindedness in order to have two quarreling cats get along.

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How To Warm Up A Shy Kitty

Stray Cat Peering Through The DoorCats are much like people in so many ways. They each have their own quirks, affections, and personalities. When raising a cat from a kitten, you have lots of control over the way that they’ll end up when it comes to behavior. Kittens tend to be naturally curious but also shy since they’re so new to this big world. Adult cats can be shy for a variety of reasons. If you’re dealing with a shy cat, there are many ways to help your kitty feel calm and comfortable in their home, ultimately leading to a less shy cat.

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How To Stop Your Cat From Being A Bully

Two Persians in front of a white backgroundAlmost all cats are quite swift and hard-headed; that much can be agreed upon. However, with all of the different types of cat personalities out there, you’re bound to encounter some issues when bringing together more than one feline. Sometimes, one cat’s personality can overpower another’s, causing stress and anxiety for the less dominant party. Some cats also play bully towards dogs. If you suspect that your cat is being a bully to one of your other pets, there are steps that you can take to relieve the stress off of your bullied pet, and help to calm your bully cat down.

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Dear Green Gato #4 – The Name Game

CatsDear Green Gato,

I have two adorable cats named Naboo and Valentine. The kitties get along great and each have their own silly personalities. They are great housemates, and I can tell that they love hanging out with people. One big difference that I’ve noticed between the two, however, is that Naboo responds to her name and Valentine doesn’t. If I say Naboo’s name, she always either runs over or at least gives me a look of, “What do you want?” Valentine simply won’t respond! I can try and try, but she just doesn’t care! Why does Naboo answer to her name, but Valentine doesn’t?

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Does Your Cat Love You?

The kitten rubs about the girl faceCats remain an elusive and complicated creature that we share our space with. Over time, we become so attached to our furbabies that we couldn’t imagine life without them. Well, do you ever wonder if your cat feels the same way? Cats have been domestic animals for thousands of years now, but does this mean that they love their owners, or simply tolerate them for food? Here, we’re going to talk about what love means to a cat, how they express love, and how to communicate love with your cat.

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How To Introduce a Cat and a Dog

Little cute puppy of yorksire terrier and red mixed-breed kitten isolated on white. Two lovely friends sits and looking at camera!Whether you have a dog and are introducing a new cat, you’ve got a pet kitty and you are introducing a new dog, or you simply want your current pets to get along better, we’ve got your step-by-step guide for introducing a cat and a dog. You may be afraid that your pets will never get along, but almost any two pets can learn to live harmoniously if you’ve prepared their introductions right. Remember, it could take up to a year for your pets to truly cohabitate peacefully, so don’t worry if they don’t get along right away.

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