Whether a cat can get along well with a child depends on the character of the cat. However, there are some breeds that are known to can get along with children very well. These are generally quieter cats.
Top 5 purebred cats that can get along well with children.
The Burmese is a very child-friendly cat and will also experience the bustle of a family as pleasant. In addition, they are very playful and they will like the attention of your child.
British shorthair cat
The British shorthair adapts easily, also to a family with children. With his big eyes, he looks like a real teddy bear. A British shorthair has a calm and friendly character and gets along well with children.
Maine Coone cat
A very friendly and child friendly cat is the Maine Coone. They can easily adapt to a busy family life. And with their sweet but playful character, they will be a nice companion for your children
The Persian cat is a calm but playful cat. They get along very well with children and are even known to have a lot of patience with children who have a lot of energy. Persians are very social and often even sit on the lap of children.
The ragdoll has a very sweet and laid back character, which makes it get along very well with children.
Let a cat get used to a baby
A baby at home is a big change for a cat. Give your cat the time to get used to the new scents in the house and the baby itself. You can get your used to the smell by placing a cloth or washcloth on the baby so that it will smell like the baby. Then place the cloth in the cat’s room. Reward your cat if it gets close to the cloth, let it get used to the smell. Never leave your cat alone with the baby. The cat can feel threatened and scratch.
Never leave a cat alone with a baby or young child.
Young children can see handling a cat as a game. They may want to grab the cat by its tail. This can scare the cat and than it starts to blow or scratch. Teach young children to pet a cat properly (under the supervision of a parent), carefully from the front to the back. Also teach young children if no one is there to leave the cat alone and not to chase him. Make sure there are enough places where your cat can hide himself when he wants some time for himself.
The benefits of growing up with a cat at home.
Children who grow up with a cat in their home develop a greater sense of responsibility through the care for the animal. They are also more social. And the chance that they suffer from allergies is smaller.