The 6 Best Types of Cats for Families

The types of cats you consider getting for your family will depend on what role you want your cat to fill. Different breeds will be a good fit for different families, depending on the ages of your children, whether anyone has allergies, how much time you spend at home and so on. However, there are some types of cats which are consistently popular with families for good reason and you should consider them when making your decision.

Birman Cats

The birman is a beautiful breed, with semi-long hair and sapphire blue eyes. They are friendly and loyal, and will follow their humans around the house, simply to be close to them. They are also gentle and curious. Legend has it that they were the breed of choice for Burmese monks. They do require more grooming than a short haired cat, although not as much as some breeds.

Maine Coon Cats

Maine coons are very large, intelligent cats with a ruff around their throats that resembles a lion's mane. Although they are often long haired, they generally don't require much grooming. They tend to be friendly and playful, and fit in well with other animals, but are also independent. As maine coons are hardy cats, they can safely be left outdoors while you are at work and school.

Ragdoll Cats

The ragdoll is known for being affectionate and placid, but it can also be somewhat playful. They get on well with other animals and children. Ragdolls are large cats with semi-long hair and blue eyes. Ragdolls will often noticeably relax when picked up. Because of their extremely gentle nature, they shouldn't be left to roam the country-side while you are away from home.

Abyssinian Cats

An Abyssinian might be ideal for your family if you are looking for a very active, playful cat. Abyssinians are considered one of the most lively breeds, although they are intelligent and can be trained to do things like fetch a ball. They also make good mousers. Don't get this breed unless you or others in your family have a lot of attention to spare as Abyssinians need a lot of interaction.

Pixie-Bob Cats

These cats resemble the wild bobcat, although no genetic markers for wild cats has ever been found in them. They are large, and occasionally born without tails. They are intelligent and friendly, with short hair which makes for easy grooming. They get on well with other pets and children and can even be trained to walk on a leash.

Shelter Cats

Even though a shelter cat might not be a standard breed, they are often old enough for their personality to have already developed. So, the shelter staff can advise you on whether or not they would be a good fit for your family. Mixed breed cats are usually less prone to genetic diseases than purebred cats.

Choosing the right kind of cat for your family is an important decision, as it will be around for 15 years or more and will be a companion to your children. Make sure you pick carefully to ensure the well being of the cat, as well as your family and your home.