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There's no doubt that cats and children can become best friends, especially when they share hobbies like hiding in sofa forts, playing chase and napping. If you're searching for a breed that may enjoy the company of a kid, we have some great suggestions for you.
Of course, every cat is an individual. How well a cat will do with small humans depends on his distinct personality and how he has been socialized — and, of course, on how the child treats him. Before adding a cat to your family, make sure your child knows about the right ways to interact with felines. Mikkel Becker has shared some useful tips for fostering positive relationships between cats and kids.
So which breeds tend to do best with children? Click through the gallery to see 12 good options.
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The big, friendly Maine Coon typically gets along with everyone, from children to canines. This breed may be a good choice for kids who want to teach their cat to play fetch or walk on a leash, and she can make an excellent travel companion.
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The beautiful Bengal is an extremely intelligent and curious cat who will probably take an interest in all of your kids' activities. If you're getting a Bengal from a breeder, though, make sure your cat is at least a fourth-generation Bengal — making it far enough away from its Asian leopard cat heritage to be considered a domestic feline.
The first thing you're likely to notice about the Tonk is his gorgeous eyes — most are a striking aqua color — but he'll soon win your affection with his outgoing, active and playful nature. Many Tonkinese cats love to greet guests, play fetch and converse with their favorite people — and some will even ride on your shoulders.
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