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How to Pick the Best Cat Breeds for Children

Although cats have unique personalities, there are some breeds that are particularly suited as pets for children. Here are some to consider.


  • Step 1: Investigate the Ragdoll cat. This cat has a calm and loving nature, and becomes very attached to its owner. They get their name from the habit of going limp when picked up -- making them about as close to a live baby doll as you can get.
  • FACT: In 2005, the world's oldest pet cat died at the age of 38.
  • Step 2: Look into the Persian cat. The Persian has a calm, affectionate nature that makes it perfect for families with children. They even get along with dogs.
  • Step 3: Think about the Manx cat. The Manx is a great household companion. They get along well with other pets and form strong bonds with their owners.
  • TIP: Abyssinians like to follow their owners around and investigate new objects brought into the house.
  • Step 4: A very large cat, the Maine coon gets good marks for playing well with others. This cat has an easygoing nature, so think about adopting one if you have children. They get along with dogs and other cats, too.
  • Step 5: Consider the Abyssinian cat. Abyssinians are popular with families because they are athletic and very intelligent. They make devoted pets and are always ready to play.

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