By Alexandra Allred
Over the years, cats have been notoriously (and unfairly) pegged as unfriendly toward children. While there are certainly breeds that are less comfortable with active children (as there are within the dog world), there are a large number of breeds that are very kid-friendly. There are countless stories of cats befriending lonely children, saving their lives, and serving as therapy for children with terminal illnesses or physical challenges that dispel the notion that dogs only are our best friends.
The Top 10
The top 10 cat breeds listed as kid-friendly have been compiled through the cooperation of many veterinarians and animal behaviorists.
- American and Exotic Shorthair
- Maine Coon
Just as there are exceptions to breeds that do typically like children, the same applies with typically non-friendly breeds. There are many endearing stories about the Siamese, for example, that have shared a strong bond with children. However, the list below identifies cats that either do not care for children because of their often loud and unpredictable movements or because they are prone to be a one-person cat and become jealous of children or other animals in the house.
- American Wirehair
- Egyptian Mau
- Scottish Fold
* The Singapura, like many of the breeds listed above, is affectionate but quiet. In the case of this breed, the cats tend to be creatures of habit and do not like change. Strangers are treated with caution. The origins of this cat are suspect. Some claim that the suspicious nature of this cat stems from its treatment from Singaporeans, who greatly dislike cats. Also known as the "Drain Cat," this breed is said to roam the streets for scraps and endures great abuse.
This article is excerpted from Alex's upcoming book, Cats Most Wanted -- Top 10 Lists on anything and everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite pets. While there are lists on how to break your pet into showbiz, myths about your cat (Does she really have 9 lives?) or dogs/cats in history, there are also tidbits on health and family issues related to pet ownership. It will be coming out later this summer.
Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, an animal trainer and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three.
Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family.
Copyright © Alexander Allred. Permission to publish granted to Pregnancy.org.