Cats are wonderful pets for families with children because they are low-maintenance and very easy to care for. Owning a cat or two or more can help teach young children the responsibilities of pet ownership, such as grooming and feeding, even buying extra toys and treat for them from their allowances.
Nonetheless, it is imperative to choose the correct breed that matches your family’s everyday lifestyle. Independent, self-governing, low-energy breeds wouldn’t be a good fit for families with vigorous children, whereas demonstrative, affectionate, high-energy breeds might not get the playtime or attention they desire from families with older, rarely-home and less active children.
Family cats with easygoing, loyal and dedicated temperaments are good companions for children of all ages. You’ll also likely want to choose a breed that is gregarious, social and adaptable to a variety of situations, and a bit playful.
Cat Channel and Catster both give excellent descriptions of most of the cat breeds for you to study and consider.
At any rate, whatever breed you select, it’s important to slowly introduce your new feline friend to your family. Handle the cat gently, especially with when young children are involved, to prevent scratching or biting. Teach your children how to hold and carry a cat and make sure they follow instructions. Allow your new family companion time to get acclimated in your household.
Yes, mixed breeds make fantastic pets as well, but their temperments are less predictable. If you adopt a cat, the feline yours to keep and you should take very good care of him/her, regardless. Cats add so much to a household, be a responsible owner, you owe it to them.