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Family Friendly Felines

Studies show that children who grow up with pets tend to be more caring and empathetic towards other people and animals, as well as being more outgoing with better communication and social skills.

Never choose a cat based on looks alone, always meet the cat and ask questions beforehand. These 5 Cat Breeds are known for being calm and loving, making them the perfect addition to your child's life!

1. Birman

Birman cats are smart, and therefore relatively easy to train. This breed loves both giving and receiving love, and they wont run off and hide when company visits! Usually, they like to greet every guest personally. This is not a breed of cat for active children who will want to play games with their pet, but rather is recommended for helping children practise their reading skill by reading aloud to the cat while sitting quietly together. 

2. Ragdoll

Ever wonder how this breed got it's name? When picked up, these cats go limp - like a ragdoll! This makes them the perfect breed for children! Gentle and quiet, Ragdolls love attention but will not demand it. All they need a little fun before dinner, and then they will enjoy a calm evening cuddling while your children read or do homework.

3. Himalayan

Himalayan cats fall into that easy middle ground where an evening game of laser tag is all the activity they want before they're ready for quiet, relaxing couch time! This breed does very well indoors and loves to give and receive affection equally. This cat will bond with you and your children, and will love you for life!

4. Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is extremely patient with active children, always willing to play a game and ensure your child gets some exercise. This cat breed has a very calm nature, which will help to temper the mercurial nature of children. This cat is an excellent cuddle buddy for long winter nights.

5. Exotic Shorthair

This breed of cat has an easy-going, laid back personality which acts as a soothing presence to help your family wind down at the end of the night. Offering a quiet 'Welcome Home' to your child when school ends, all they require is a little bit of play time each night, followed by a warm lap to snuggle on and some soft caresses to lull him to sleep.