Kid Friendly Cats / Child Friendly Cats

Top 10 breeds of cats for kids (listed alphabetically):

The following 10 breeds of child friendly cats will point you in the right direction for finding your child's companion or that next great addition to your family.  Cats are smart, loving, friendly and will become a welcome addition to your family.  Check out these great cats to adopt...

1) Abyssinian

Abyssinian cat

The Abyssinian has a short, smooth coat made up of hair with light and dark areas on the same hair shaft, called ticking or agouti. A very friendly and playful cat, they need room to run and be active.

They have a triangular-shaped head with large ears. Babies have blue eyes that turn green or gold as they age.

They are a quiet cat and make great pets, as they like to stay close to their owners.


2) American Shorthair

American Shorthair 

American shorthair cats are happy, loud-purring cats. They have muscular bodies and are friendly and playful. American shorthairs have lots of energy, so they need a lot of space to run and play. They also like to eat a lot, so make sure they get enough exercise to keep them fit and healthy.

The American Shorthair cat comes in more than 80 colors and patterns, but is usually a silver, brown or orange tabby (striped coat) or a calico (patches of black, white and orange fur.)

They are very social and make good family pets, as they get along well with kids and dogs.


3) Maine Coon

Maine Coon Cat

One of the bigger breeds of cats, they have long, fluffy coats and are curious and very friendly.

Kittens scoot on their bellies at birth, walk after three weeks and are fully grown between three to five years.

They are social and love being near their owners, making great companion cats. Because of the long hair, they need to be brushed daily.


4) Manx

Manx cats usually have no tail, or often sport a stubby tail. They are friendly cats - good with children. Manx are social and like to follow their owners around. They tend to “growl” much like a dog does, and often make a high trilling sound to “call” their owners when hungry or wanting attention.

Manx come in short-haired or long-haired varieties and make good family pets who love attention and brushing.


5) Mixed Breed

Domestic Red Long Hair Mixed Breed 

Mixed breed cats come in long or short hair, they can be plump or slim with pointed or rounded ears, and have almond, oval or round-shaped eyes.

They come in all colors, coat patterns and personalities. They can be shy or bold, active or quiet. Many mixed breed cats are friendly and good company.


6) Persian

Persian cat

Persians are a quiet, gentle cat – the most popular breed to own of all the breeds. Persians have small, flat noses and jutting chins. They tend to have more dental concerns and breathing problems, but with good care can live long lives.

They have a short undercoat with long silky hair covering it and need daily brushing to keep the matted snarls at bay. Babies have short fur, getting their silky outer coat as they grow. Even though they have long hair, their silky hair doesn’t keep them warm in the winter, so they fare better as an indoor cat.

Persians are very social and like lots of attention and petting.


7) Ragdoll

Mitted Ragdoll

Ragdoll cats are large, gentle cats. They are not very vocal, not very energetic or active, but do like to play. They have long hair, but it doesn’t mat easily, so they can get by with having their fur brushed once a week.

They get their name from the fact that they go limp when you pick them up, like a ragdoll.

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8) Russian Blue

Russian Blues get their name from the blue-gray color of their coat, and from the country in which they were first discovered. They are quiet cats who prefer quiet homes, but are very loving and gentle with their owners. They can be energetic, but don't get into a lot of trouble. They may run and hide from visitors. They have short, very thick hair and need to be brushed at least twice a week.


9) Siamese

Lynx Pointed Siamese Cat

The regal Siamese is very intelligent. According to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) the Siamese is the most popular short-haired cat in the United States.

Siamese are a lighter, often cream color with face, ears, tail and feet in a “point” of color – seal (brown), silver (a blue-gray color) or lilac (a pink-gray color.)

Newborns are pure white and get their “points” after a few weeks. The points darken with age.

Siamese cats make good, loyal pets and can often be trained to walk on a leash. They are very vocal cats; they meow loudly for their owner’s attention.


10) Tonkinese

Chocolate Point Tonkinese

The Tonkinese are extremely active and curious cats and often get into trouble because of their avid curiosity. They like attention and company, are quite vocal and love to play as well as sit on laps.

Because of their activeness, they need lots of toys and room to run and play. It might be best to have two - so they can keep each other company and out of trouble.

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