Top Cat Breeds For Families
Most of these breeds are noted for their calm, affectionate, tolerant and playful temperaments. They are less likely to be possessive of or bonded to individual family members, which means they are less likely to see a new baby as an interloper and a threat. These are all social, people-oriented breeds.
Abyssinian: The Aby is an extremely friendly and sociable breed that loves to play.
American Shorthair: These happy, social, energetic cats also get along well with dogs.
Birman: Easygoing and adaptable, the Birman is noted as a go-with-the-flow cat.
Burmese: Friendly and people-oriented, Burmese are very gentle with kids.
Maine Coon: These big mellow cats are naturally sociable and a great cat with kids, but they do need to be brushed daily.
Manx: This tailless breed loves attention, and is also a social, friendly cat.
Persian: Like the Maine Coon, a Persian needs daily grooming, so be prepared for that commitment before adopting one. They are social and love attention.
Ragdoll: If you'd like a longhaired cat who needs less frequent grooming than the Maine Coon or Persian, consider the Ragdoll. They are gentle giants who were named for their propensity to go limp when picked up.