Although they all seem pretty similar, different cat breeds can have wildly unique temperaments and personalities. If your family needs a new feline, then knowing about the best cat breeds for kids will make that adoption choice a cinch. Some breeds are pretty much made for the family life.
It's easy to think that a cat is a cat, but different breeds of felines appear to have different temperaments and dispositions. For instance, Abyssinian cats tend to show greater sociability toward people when compared to other breeds, according to a 2015 study of cat breeds and behavioral associations in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior.
In general, a cat that's friendly, calm, and (above all) patient will work best with children. Although some breeds tend to have these traits more then others, it's important to remember that each cat is an individual with its own personality. It's a big decision, so spending time with your chosen cat beforehand is always a good idea. "A cat who is social and relaxed at a shelter usually has the aplomb to meet the stresses that life throws her way," wrote Jacque Lynn Schultz, C.P.D.T., Companion Animal Programs Adviser of Petfinder on the site's bllog. "Consider the whole cat, not just one element." It can take some searching, but once you find the cat who "clicks" with your family, you're in for a great new companion.
On the flip side, making sure your kid is prepared to play gently with the cat is crucial. Even the chillest cat might swat at a kid who roughhouses too much. But as long as both the child and the cat treat one another with respect, they can share a loving bond for years to come.