Whether a cat goes well with a child of course depends on the character of the cat. However, there are some breeds that are known to get along reasonably well with children. These are generally more quiet cats. Cats are a great first-time pet for families as they don’t require much grooming and are easy to care for. Children who grow up with a cat in the house develop a greater sense of responsibility through caring for the animal. They are also more social. And the chance that they will suffer from allergies is smaller. Here is a list with the most suitable cat breeds for your family.
The Burmese is a very child-friendly cat and will also enjoy the hustle and bustle of a family. In addition, they are very playful and they will like to have the attention of your child.
Ragdoll Cat Breeds have a very sweet and relaxed character, which makes it very good with children. They are very social, curious and friendly perfect for families.
3 British shorthair
The British Shorthair adapts easily, even to a family with children. With his big eyes he looks like a real teddy bear. A British Shorthair has a calm and friendly character and gets along well with children.
4 Maine Coone
A very affectionate and friendly cat is the Maine Coone. They can easily adapt to busy family life. And with their sweet but playful nature, they will be a nice companion for your children
The Persian is a calm but playful cat. They get along very well with children and are even known to be very patient with busy children. Persians are very social and often even sit on their laps on their own.
Getting a cat used to a baby
Having a baby in the house is a big change for a cat. So give your cat time to get used to the new scents in the house and to the baby itself. You can get used to the smell by placing a cloth or washcloth next to the baby so that it starts to smell like the baby. Then put the cloth in the room with the cat. Reward your cat when he gets close to the wipe to get used to the scent and never leave your cat alone with the baby. The cat may feel threatened and scratch.
Young children and cats
Young children may think of dealing with a cat as a game. They may want to grab the cat by its tail. The cat may be startled by this and start blowing or scratching. Teach young children to pet a cat properly (under the supervision of a parent), gently from front to back. Also, teach young children to leave the cat alone and not chase it when no one is around. Make sure there are plenty of places for your cat to withdraw.