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15 Best Cat Breeds For Families And Kids

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In this post we are going too look at the best cat breeds for families and kids. Cats make great pets because unlike dogs they are very low-maintenance and easy to look after. If you as a family are looking to get a cat for the first time, one of the most important parts of the decision is to research whether or not the cat is kid friendly.

Most kids can be a bit rough with animals and have the tendency to prod, poke, and chase them. They can also be a bit loud, so it's important to choose a cat that's going to be laid back and very friendly. To help you make a better decision, we have compiled of the best cat breeds for families and kids.

The first one in our list of the best cat breeds for families and kids is the Abyssinian. Abyssinian cats make a great choice for a family cat because they are both affectionate and highly energetic. These loyal felines are always on the prowl and love to climb and explore their surroundings. Their playful nature means they are people-oriented and would be a great addition to play with children from the age of 6 and above.



Weight Range

Male: medium: 3-4 kg | Female: medium: 2-3 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Green, Gold

Life Expectancy

14-15 years

Social Attention Needs

High

Coat

Short to medium with low tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Low

Colors

Ruddy, Red, Blue, Fawn, Cinnamon

Bengal Cats

Bengal cats are beautiful creatures who are full of energy and just love to play. Despite their athletic, muscular appearance, they are very social and affectionate creatures and will fit in well with the family. Bengals are well known for their love of water and playing games. So when your kids are playing in the pool in the garden, expect them to join in with the fun.



Weight Range

Male: medium: 6.8-9 kg | Female: medium: 4.5-5.4 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue

Life Expectancy

10-15 years

Social Attention Needs

High

Coat

Short and glossy with low tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Moderate

Colors

Brown, Seal with either striped or spotted pattern

Birman

Bermans are very active and playful cats who come in a variety of different colors. These beautiful vreatures are very social who will not only get along with family and children, but will also form a great relationship with other pets. Just like Bengals, this breed is also highly intelligent which makes training them a breeze.



Weight Range

Male: 4.5-6.8 kg | Female: 2.7-4.5 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue

Life Expectancy

9-13 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Long with medium to high tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Moderate

Colors

Frost, Blue, Chocolate, Seal, Red, Cream, Cinnamon, Lilac, Fawn

Burmese

Burmese are very friendly, sweet-natured cats and extremely people-oriented. They make a very good pet for children because of their dog like personality which means endless hours of fun in the garden. They love a busy househould with lots of attention. So if you have a large family with lots of children, the Burmese cat is a perfect choice.



Weight Range

Male: 3-5 kg | Female: 3-5 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Gold, Yellow

Life Expectancy

9-13 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate to High

Coat

Short with low tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Low

Colors

Champagne, Blue, Platinum, Lilac, Fawn, Red, Cream, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Tortoiseshell

Cornish Rex

The Cornish Rex is small and petite with a very friendly manner. This breed has a reputation for being very playful who often race around when excited and enjoy playing games. They also have an inquisitive nature and love to explore. With this kind of temperament, the Cornish Rex will make the perfect pet and playmate for your child.



Weight Range

Male: 3 kg | Female: 3 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Amber, Aqua, Blue, Copper, Green, Gold, Hazel, Odd-eyed, Orange, Yellow

Life Expectancy

9-16 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Short with low tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Low

Colors

White, Blue, Black, Cream, Red, Brown, Frost, Platinum, Fawn, Chocolate, Chestnut, Cinnamon, Lavender, Champagne, Seal

Exotic Shorthair Cats

The exotic cat is very playful with a sweet and affectionate side. There gentle nature means they are friendly towards other animals and love a lot of attention, often following you around the home. This loyal personality means that they are a great addition to your home and very safe for young children to be around.



Weight Range

Male: 5.4 kg | Female: 3.6-5.4 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue, Copper, Hazel, Odd-eyed

Life Expectancy

8-15 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Medium to long with high tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

High

Colors

White, Red, Cream, Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Silver, Golden Cameo, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Brown, Lilac Cream, Calico

Himalayan Cats

Himalayan cats are an intelligent breed who are known for their sweet and friendly temperament. They also have a playful side to their personality similar yo that of siamese cats who love a good game of fetch. They love love to be around and enjoy the company of other people. They are a great pet for the whole family.



Weight Range

Male: 5.4 kg | Female: 3.6 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue, Copper, Green

Life Expectancy

8-12 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Long with high tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

High

Colors

Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Black, Flame, Red, Cream, Tortoiseshell, Frost, Silver, Golden, Brown, Fawn, Cinnamon

Maine Coon

Maine Coons are one of the largest breeds of domestic cats, but dont let their size fool or intimidate you. They are gentle giants with a heart of gold with a relaxed, laid back temperament. They are intelligent creatures who also have a playful side with dog-like behavior that are known to follow you around and love playing fetch. So for these reasons they made our list of the best cat breeds for families and kids.



Weight Range

Male: 6-8 kg | Female: 4-5 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Copper, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed

Life Expectancy

9-13 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate to high

Coat

Long with low tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

High

Colors

White, Black, Blue, Red, Cream, Brown, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Golden

Manx

Young children will love the Manx cat with their dog-like personality and active nature. Much like the Bengal cat, they are fascinated by water and enjoy playing games such as fetch. As well as their high-energetic playful side, they are also very warm and loyal creatures who love to be around humans and would make a excellent pet for the family.



Weight Range

Male: 3-5 kg | Female: 3-5 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Amber, Copper, Green, Gold, Hazel, Orange, Yellow

Life Expectancy

9-15 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Short to long with low moderate tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Moderate to high

Colors

White, Blue, Black, Red, Cream, Silver, Tortoiseshell, Bluecream, Brown

Persian

Persians with their long hair and distinctive cute squished face are one of the most popular cat breeds in the world. They are not the most active cat out of all of the breeds but their calm, quite temperament means they are very patient with children who are a bit loud. They do have high grooming needs due to their long fur, but this is activity you can involve your child in as a fun activity.



Weight Range

Male: 5 kg | Female: 3-5 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue, Copper, Green, Hazel, Odd-eyed

Life Expectancy

9-14 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Long with high tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

High

Colors

White, Red, Cream, Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lilac, Silver, Golden, Cameo, Tortoiseshell, Blue-cream, Brown, Calico, Seal

Ragdoll

Ragdolls make a great family pet because they are very well behaved and have a gentle temperament. They are one of the largest cat breeds but are often referred to as puppy-cat because of their dog like personality and affection. Ragdoll cats can easily be trained to roll over, play fetch, and other cool tricks you would usually teach a dog.



Weight Range

Male:  6.8-9 kg | Female: 4.5-6.8 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue

Life Expectancy

10-14 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Long withhigh tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Moderate to high

Colors

Frost, Blue, Chocolate, Seal, Red, Lilac, Bluecream, Cream

Scottish Fold Cats

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Sweet natured and demure, Scottish fold cats are known to possess an easy-going nature, and to be very loving and friendly with people and other household pets. This outgoing and playful breed tends to become particularly attached to one family member. The Scottish fold cat is also known for its soft voice and the ability to "speak" in a variety of different-sounding purrs and meows not commonly heard in many other cat breeds.

The friendly, laidback Scottish Fold is a perfect choice for families with children and cat-friendly dogs. He loves the attention he receives from children who treat him politely and with respect, and he likes to play and is capable of learning tricks.



Weight Range

Male: medium: 5.4kg | Female: medium: 3.6-5.4 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue, Green, Gold, Odd-eyed

Life Expectancy

10-15 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Short, Medium, Long with high tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Moderate to high

Colors

White, Blue, Cream, Red, Silver, Cameo, Brown, Bluecream, Tortoiseshell, Black

Selkirk Rex Cats

The Selkirk Rex is sweet and cuddly by nature with a silly playful streak that your kids will love. They are very sociable creatures who love the company of both humans and other animals. No matter how many people, children, or animals you currently have in your household, the Selkirk will fit in very well.



Weight Range

Male: 7.2 kg | Female: 5.4 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Varies

Life Expectancy

10-15 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate to high

Coat

Short or long with moderate tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Low

Colors

Varies

Siamese Cats

Active and intelligent, the Siamese is one of the most social and popular breeds of cat. They have attention seeking personalities and love to interact with both kids and other animals. Their dog-like personalities mean that they are very playful and are known to follow you around the house. Siamese cats make the perfect pet for the whole family.



Weight Range

Male: 3.5kg | Female: 3 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Blue

Life Expectancy

9-13 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate to high

Coat

Short with low tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Low

Colors

Chocolate, Seal, Lilac, Blue, Red, Cream, Fawn, Cinnamon

Siberian Cats

Last but not list in our best cat breeds for families and kids is the Siberian. Siberian cats are beautiful creatures with long, triple coated fur who love to play with children. Their playful nature means they love to climb, play fetch, and are even known to like water.  They also have a very affectionate side and are easy-going which means they will fit in well regardless of how many people or animals currently live in your houshold.



Weight Range

Male: 5.4-6.8 kg | Female: 3.6-4.9 kg

Eye Color​​​​​

Varies

Life Expectancy

11-18 years

Social Attention Needs

Moderate

Coat

Long triple coat with moderate tendency to shed

Grooming Needs

Moderate

Colors

Varies

Conclusion

Hope you enjoyed this post on the best cat breeds for families and kids. The only problem you will face is the difficulty in knowing which cat to choose. As you can see from our list, they are all beautiful and adorable cats. Let us know which cat breed you have in the comments section below. Send us your photos and videos.

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