10 Best Cat Breeds for Families
Choose the Right Companion for Your Family
If you’re thinking about bringing home a feline companion for the younger family members in your household, the first point of consideration should be whether or not the cat is kid friendly.
Kids have a tendency to poke, prod, tug, chase and hug—tightly. And, kids can be loud during playtime.
To help you make a decision, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the most family-friendly cat breeds.
1. Abyssinian Cats
Abyssinians, affectionately known as Abys, are affectionate, loyal and normally mix well with children and other pets. Known for their curiosity, playfulness and need to explore their surroundings, Abyssinians are people-oriented cats who like to participate in the activities taking place around them.
2. Cornish Rex Cats
to fetch balls and toys, enjoys the company of other pets, and is typically not a couch potato. The breed has a reputation for racing about, often performing acrobatics when very excited.
The Cornish rex is an adventurous breed, often finding unusual nooks and crannies to explore, such as the washing machine or refrigerator. It is easily adaptable to new situations and is known to get along well with shy or timid children.
3. Exotic Shorthair Cats
The exotic cat’s personality tends to mimic that of a Persian cat: sweet, affectionate and playful. Exotic cats are known to show a great deal of affection and loyalty, and commonly follow their owners throughout the home.
Generally friendly towards other animals, exotic cats have a gentle and tenderhearted disposition. With their tame, gentle personality and rare meowing, they are good companions for children.
4. Himalayan Cats
Himalayan cats are known for their sweet temperament, intelligence and playful interaction.
Much like Siamese cats, the Himalayan breed enjoys a good game of fetch and can usually be entertained for hours with a simple scrap of balled-up paper or a cat toy.
These cats bond well with their families, preferring to spend more time in their company than on their own.
5. Maine Coon Cats
Maine Coon cats are known for their intelligence and playfulness, as well as their size. One of the largest breeds of domestic cats, they are lovingly referred to as “gentle giants.”
Maine Coons are people-oriented, relaxed and easy-going with high intelligence, making them excellent companions and easy breed to train. They’re also known for their dog-like behavior: they follow their owners from room to room, respond when called and play fetch.
6. Manx Cats
Manx cats have the independent qualities of cats but are loyal, warm and playful like dogs. The Manx meow unusually sounds like a trill. This laid-back, unruffled cat makes a good pet for children and takes an interest in what you’re doing. You will likely hear their padded paws following you around the house.
Some Manx have also been known to play fetch and enjoy the water. But their similarities to dogs don’t end there. Manx are so protective they might growl or attack a dog or a person they suspect is a threat to their family.
7. Ragdoll Cats
One of the largest breeds of cats, the ragdoll is also one of the most affectionate, often referred to as “puppy-cat” because of its dog-like personality. Ragdolls are extremely mild-mannered and friendly, and often seek out human companionship, such as following people around the house, sleeping with or flopping on their owners.
This breed is particularly good with children and other pets and is easily trained to learn the same tricks as dogs, such as playing fetch, rolling over or begging.
8. Scottish Fold Cats
Sweet natured and demure, Scottish fold cats are known to possess an easy-going nature, and to be very loving and friendly with people and other household pets. This outgoing and playful breed tends to become particularly attached to one family member. The Scottish fold cat is also known for its soft voice and the ability to "speak" in a variety of different-sounding purrs and meows not commonly heard in many other cat breeds.
9. Siamese Cats
This shorthaired, blue-eyed breed is one of the most sociable of all felines—and one of the most popular.
Intelligent and highly social, Siamese cats enjoy interaction with children and other animals, particularly dogs.
This active and playful breed seeks out companionship from human counterparts, whether that entails sitting laps or being in bed with their owners. Because of their attention-seeking personalities, Siamese cats are often compared to dogs since they tend to follow their owners around, and have been known to willingly walk on leashes.
10. Siberian Cats
Siberian cats are known to be incredibly affectionate and playful—eager to play with children and accepting of other household pets. This easy-going, social cat is often referred to as “dog like” due to its devotion and constant companionship.
Always looking for an activity, a Siberian will play fetch, walk of a leash if trained, hunt, leap from one high place to the next and play in water if given the opportunity. This breed retains its kitten-like personality throughout life.
There is some debate as to whether or not this low-shedding cat breed is ideal for a family with allergy sufferers. Discuss with a veterinarian first if this is of interest to your family.