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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
What are the best breeds of cats for children?
I know Ragdolls and Persians are considered the most laid back and calm. Is there any one breed that is noted for being good with kids?
post #2 of 24
It would depend on the age of the child or children and how responsible they are. I have seen kids do things to kittens and cats that just make me cringe. I am not one who believes that giving a young child a cat is a good idea. It would depend on the child, and as I said, on the age of that child.
post #3 of 24
big orange tabbies are the sweetest cats in the world I say with kids it is best to go to a shelter and resque an adult with a good temper. I recomend the same with dogs. Every animal is different and true personalities sometimes don't come out until they are alittle older.

i would go to www.petfinder.com and see what kind furfriends need homes in your area
post #4 of 24
Just a note- I have had Ret Tabbys and yes most of them are sweet some of them are fiery red heads, or copper tops

I breed Persians and persoanlly think they are the very best breed - most of mine let me do anything to them pick them up by their backend and they don't even cringe, awww so sweet! ~no harm done to my babes of course!

please think carefully before you get a cat - you may wanna splash out and go purebred but remember even us pedigree breeders have DSH's as well, I have a tortie harliquien called Diamands , also remember there are many old cats in shelters that need a good home

best of luck and keep us updated on your decision
post #5 of 24
Can't go wrong with a Ragdoll...I have two of them. They are known to be good with kids and the elderly also. It depends on the kid too.....if the kid moves too quickly too fast or is really loud....it will spook the hell out of most cats. Good luck with your decission.
post #6 of 24
I'm no expert but I recommend this model for a kid.... Of course a child might have a hard time lifting the model pictured below, but hey! It's like owning a teddy bear! LOL!!!





post #7 of 24
Keeping in mind the points that MA made, I can't say enough about American Curls...and there are some currently available via petfinder.org as well as through the American Curl Rescue Project.

Recently placed an older Curl with a couple with a very bright, and had grown up with a kitty, 5 y.o., and she is now ruling all <G> including the other cat. Curls kind of believe/assume they are going to be adored, get along well with dogs (though there are always exceptions), and are a medium energy cat, bond tightly to one but will also be affectionate with an entire family no matter who they picked for "their" person, and they are very, very bright, responsive...they open doors, initiate play, talk to you verbally (though not as talkative as a Siamese or Oriental SH).

Heck, you know I'm a fan, but...this is why
post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much!!

This cat is for my Son his Wife, and my Grandchildren. Kids are cat friendly, little Granddaughter is five and has always had a kitty, plus she is at my house a lot and plays with my Bengal. Little Grandson is still a baby, but will learn how to treat animals by example from all of us.

I will tell them about Petfinder.

I do not think my Granddaughter could lift that beautiful orange kitty, but would love to try(lol)

Hissy, I agree I have seen some kids that I would never have anywhere near a pet of mine, I could post for a while on that topic.

They do plan on getting a cat from a shelter or rescue, they have spoken about getting two Kitty's.

Thanks again everyone.
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
Kimward,
I am looking at your kitty again, he is so big. I just want to hug him.


I am sending my Daughter-in law a website on American Curls, Ragdolls and Persians. Maybe they will find one of each(lol)
post #10 of 24
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Posted by Nighteyes ....I do not think my Granddaughter could lift that beautiful orange kitty, but would love to try (lol)
I can barely lift him myself! LOL!! Good luck finding a kitty, though. I think it is great that the kitty will be adopted from a shelter!!

post #11 of 24
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Originally posted by nighteyes
Kimward, I am looking at your kitty again, he is so big. I just want to hug him.
Yeah, Gogo weighs a whopping 20 pounds, LOL! My vet says that his frame is large enough to accomodate the weight and remain healthy BUT he doesn't want him to gain another pound....GoGo Loves, Loves, Loves to hug people!

post #12 of 24
Awwww! GoGo you tubby gorgeous boy!
post #13 of 24
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Originally posted by kimward34
I'm no expert but I recommend this model for a kid.... Of course a child might have a hard time lifting the model pictured below, but hey! It's like owning a teddy bear! LOL!!!





awww looks just like my neo. too cute i think they make the best pets! Although my all white kittens are sooooo sweet and so is my little black boy with a white dot. They only hyper ones are the gray ones
post #14 of 24
I know of someone who has a 2.5 year old neuter red male persian that loves kids and is a hugger. He is available to a good home. Hint Hint
post #15 of 24
Thanks Val! I think Neo is a big cute boy, too. He and GoGo would make great bookends, LOL!

Sam, LOL...The problem with GoGo is that he doesn't realize just HOW big he really is....see what I mean--where the heck is poor Spot??:


post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Teresa,
He sounds wonderful!! but, they want kittens. They have put in a call to our very small shelter here, its actually inside the Police Dept. They do get quite a few young Kitty's though.

Thank you
post #17 of 24
oh my gosh gogo get off poor spot..LMAO :lovegrin ... THat would make a good caption!

wtg thanks for sharing
post #18 of 24
kimward! do you really think you can get away with posting cute orange belly pics without me?!?!
Arg! LOL! Orange bellies are the best!








I have heard though that Maine Coons are extremely relaxed and good family members...
post #19 of 24
awwww neo wants to cuddle with is new big friend
post #20 of 24
ROTFL!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Tamme - I love the Belly Pics - I could just HUG your big orange Roo boy!!

Out of curiosity....

Tamme how much does Roo weigh?

Val, how much does Neo weigh?

It's so funny that our orange boys are so "Grande" - LOL!!

post #21 of 24
It all depends on the cat and the child I do believe...with my own experience, I believe any type of tabbie DSH are the most sweetest natured cats and are good with kids...I have never seen any cat as tolerant as Rocky is with my kids, and he puts up with alot.....he would never bite them I don't think..you can tell how much he loves the kids..he sleeps in their beds at night..he takes turns sleeping in each of their beds because I guess it is hard to chose just one since they all love him so much!..Fluffy on the other hand....she not as gentle natured, but she has come a long way since we got her, and she is alot tolerant than in the beginning...she just doesn't put up with as much as Rocky does....of course she is a female so that may tell ya alot wink
post #22 of 24
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Originally posted by kimward34
ROTFL!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Tamme - I love the Belly Pics - I could just HUG your big orange Roo boy!!

Out of curiosity....

Tamme how much does Roo weigh?
Ha Ha Kim, I love your kitty too! They look so much alike! Roo weighs 19 pounds.
post #23 of 24
I would say it depends upon the temperament of the individual cat, but from experience, Manx cats are not always good cats to have around kids. Every single one my family has owned (that makes about 6) has hated kids. Mutts make good family cats (all but one of our orange babies has been great with kids). And my part Maine Coon just adores kids even though he's never really been around them much (Halloween scares him though because he thinks he can hear and smell kids but they don't look like kids!).
post #24 of 24
OMG! I just scrolled up and saw orange kitty bellies! I'M IN HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!
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