We are considering getting a Siberian kitten (I am allergic to most breeds, visiting breeder tmrw to check allergies). I am not a natural cat lover but figure I will love my own (similar to my approach to children).
DD loves neighbours cat and always trying to play with it, DH also v keen on idea of cat. She will be an only child and we like the idea of her having a pet as she is definitely feeling a bit lonesome at mo (she is 3.6).
Wider family are horrified - keep telling me it's for life and messy etc. I'm fine wth that - I have a child so ok with thought of feeding and litter tray (well DH can do that). I am worried about poo / scratched furniture all over house and haven't ever had a pet before so bit daunted by it.
But ... It just feels like there is space for a pet in our family so tempted to go with my gut instinct in that it will be a good thing!
I would consider getting two if you can. We have two brothers and they really like each other and slink off when DD is getting a bit much. Something to bear in mind is the cost of vaccinations and neutering. I've just paid £160 for both to be castrated and chipped. They are also a bind if you go away. You either need to ask a kindly neighbour to feed them or put them in catteries.
MsGee my OH is generally allergic to cats but not my kitten for some reason it took a couple of weeks but he's absolutely fine around him. He also didn't use to have a reaction to the long haired cat only the short haired cat at my parents.
Have a look at Bengals. My dh was always allergic to cats but has had no reaction to our two. The brown spotted have very sleek coats and don't tend to shed much. They are also fantastic company - more dog-like than many cats, love to be in the centre of things, always very interested in what is going on and very playful. My two are also great with children, very gentle.