The best cats for kids are ones that have a calmer disposition than others
Keep in mind your kids ages, as younger kids have a tendency not to listen or be too rough with their affection of the cat or kitten.
Often times kittens or cats can scratch kids if they’re being too rough
Talking to your kids about respecting boundaries will be very important. If you’re adopting a cat or kitten, find out if they’ve been exposed to kids. Often times you can get free kittens locally, but they’re often barn cats that are more aloof with humans. Certain breeders may have children around which can help a lot. Every cat or kitten will have a certain tolerance to being picked up, or having the kids (unfortunately) be too rough with the petting etc.
You can adopt a cat or kitten locally, from a shelter, kijji or find a breeder if you’re looking for a certain breed.
Certain cat breeds have better tolerance to kids than others
While it’s wonderful to rescue a cat or kitten at a shelter (we did for our first cat) I wanted to do a little more research this time around. We have four kids ages 2-9, and I wanted to select a breed that can handle the intensity that little kids can have. After doing some research, one of the best cat breeds for kids were the ragdoll cats.
Ragdoll cats don’t defend themselves well, which makes them better indoor cats than outdoor cats. It also means they have a higher tolerance to kids. Even though they are full of play, they’re known for using their claws less than other cat breeds.
Ragdoll cats often go limp when getting picked up, which is a common thing for kids to do.
We got two ragdoll kittens from a local breeder, Kootenay Ragdolls (you can see them little here). After seeing the kittens with the kids the first couple of weeks, none of them have been scratched and they’ve tolerated getting picked up and snuggled many times without jumping away.