Kids and cats go together like peanut butter and jelly. A feline friend can be an adorable snuggler, an excellent secret keeper, and—most importantly to parents—a relatively low-maintenance addition to the household that teaches kids patience and responsibility.
When choosing which breed to bring home, though, families must assess their lifestyle and habits, says Teresa Keiger, an all-breed judge with The Cat Fanciers’ Association and the organization’s Creative Director. She suggests parents consider the following questions when choosing the best cat for kids:
- Do your children know the importance of being gentle and respectful?
- Are they responsible enough to remember to keep doors closed?
- How energetic is your family?
“Think about the age and activity level, and that will determine whether you need to think about a cat that can deal with that activity level, or one that is a little more sedate,” Kieger says.
If you’re looking to bring a new pet into your family, read on to learn about some of the best cats for kids.