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What's the best type of breed of cat to have with kids?

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RattusRattus Thu 03-Nov-11 20:25:58

I want a cat that is laid back in the extreme. DH not a fan so I want something that isn't likely to scratch and cause havoc (have DD's for the latter so no more havoc needed) - a lapcat ideally.

I have a black rescue moggy.
She's fantastic with my DS (4) keeps her claws to herself, and sleeps under my bed all night grin

I have heard Ragdolls are good lapcats, and a bit soft- I've a secret longing for one, not that I'd let my lovely Lil know!

ItsonlymeMrsDB Thu 03-Nov-11 20:38:24

RAGDOLLS !

Relaxed is not the word, they are also the soppiest, friendliest cats you can have.

No claws come out, ever.

And they can be carried around, literally, like ragdolls. (from 7 year old DD).

stripeybumpinthenight Thu 03-Nov-11 20:41:13

Go to a rescue centre - the staff will know the personality of every single cat there and recommend one to suit you.

We have a beautiful glossy black fat lazy teddy bear of a cat, super affectionate and does nowt but snooze all day so low maintenance which was what we requested smile

ItsonlymeMrsDB Thu 03-Nov-11 20:41:42

Oh, and they aren't 'nutty' as kittens, either.

Both of mine have just emerged from their pit, (ie the sofa) for dinner, after spending the day sleeping.

They are happiest on a lap, or next to someone warm.

They might occasionally decide to play, but very often change their minds as it is clearly far to strenuous for them !

One more point....they do need regular brushing to stop their coats from matting, but if started when a kitten, most raggies adore it, as it is another form of 'fuss'. smile

bodiddly Thu 03-Nov-11 20:42:13

Exotics are also incredibly friendly, affectionate and ours put up with being manhandled, held upside down and carried around like babies 24/7.

RattusRattus Thu 03-Nov-11 20:49:18

Ragdolls do sound lovely but DH doesn't want a longhair and TBH I'm with him on that, despite them looking gorgeous.

ItsonlymeMrsDB Thu 03-Nov-11 20:51:27

They aren't long-haired in the 'classic' sense, ifywim ? I have found that friends who have short-haireds moan more about the shedding and fur about than we have with our raggies. They don't tend to shed and leave fur everywhere, if you brush on a regular basis.

Of course if it is just an aesthetic thing, that's completely different !

ItsonlymeMrsDB Thu 03-Nov-11 20:52:03

Sorry, iyswim.

Typing is atrocious tonight !

RattusRattus Thu 03-Nov-11 20:55:52

What do you mean by exotics? Siamese etc?

girliefriend Thu 03-Nov-11 20:57:31

get a soppy moggy.

northernmonkey Thu 03-Nov-11 20:59:03

I have a ragdoll and he is such an amazing cat. He's so forgiving with my 3 dcs especially the 4y old. As for his hair, yes he needs grooming sometimes, but real ragdolls keep their fur under control. I would recommend one to anybody

Magnumwhite Thu 03-Nov-11 20:59:40

a low maintenance short haired moggy from a rescue centre. The staff will be able to advise on one suitable for childre. So many lovely moggies to rehome..go on you know you want to!

helpmabob Thu 03-Nov-11 21:01:01

Burmese have lovely playful affectionate natures and are short haired. Really family friendly

tabulahrasa Thu 03-Nov-11 21:05:09

<sits with her lovely Siamese lapcat being not at all biased>

Siamese are nice, lol

but, the thing is while some breeds of cat do definitely have personality traits - they don't always follow them and there's no way of knowing what a kitten will turn out like...

If it's really important that they're laidback, I'd be looking for a young adult so that you know what their personality is like.

sprinkles77 Thu 03-Nov-11 21:11:04

try to get an adult cat who's personality is unlikely to change. Kittens are quite a bit of work, and there are lots of adult cats that need rehoming. Phone around, if you have your heart set on a particular breed there may be one at a rescue centre, and sometimes breeders take back cats they have sold if things don't work out.

KirstyJC Thu 03-Nov-11 21:18:36

I've just got a rescue cat, short haired black cat between 1-2 years old. We got him from a rescue and they helped us choose a cat that was right for us - loud family with baby and 2 boisterous kids. Although I think he is a plain old short-haired domestic cat, he is purfect (see what I did there?smile) as they knew his personality and got it just right.

He's been here less than 48 hours and is currently draped over the arm of the settee snoring. He also doesn't mind the baby crying or the 3 year old trying to 'play' with him all the time - he just gives them a look and then puts his head down and goes back to sleep!

A rescue cat who is about a year woud be just the thing - you know what temperament they have and you don't need to toilet train them either!

bodiddly Thu 03-Nov-11 21:18:46

Exotics are a breed .... some of them look like they have had their faces smashed against a wall but ours dont. They came from a breeder that didnt like them like that so are just lovely looking cats in very unusual colours. They are like short haired persians. I dont like the pug nose/squashed face look at all and wouldn't have even considered one if they looked that way. They have amazing characters and put up with pretty much any treatment

bodiddly Thu 03-Nov-11 21:20:25

I just googled exotics and was amazed at how ugly they are ... my boys are gorgeous though!

Wafflepuss Thu 03-Nov-11 21:29:20

Second vote for Burmese here, brilliant with kids and great fun. Mine retrieve and play hide and seek. and let the baby pull them about without so much as unsheathing a claw.

KittieCat Thu 03-Nov-11 21:36:42

We've got a shorthaired Selkirk Rex, he's an absolute teddy bear of a cat and utterly laid back and bomb proof. Ridiculously affectionate, very forgiving of 10 mo DS. No extra grooming needed and he's simply a joy. That said, I've also got a wondefully gorgeous moggy and I think you're best going for a rescue cat where the rescue centre can give you the accurate low down on the cats personality.

pookiecat Sun 06-Nov-11 15:31:26

Get a rescue cat- have a lovely rescue boy , got him last year[he is now 2.]He is lovely and kind and doesnt mind my 2 yr old dd stoking him !

RandomMess Sun 06-Nov-11 20:52:49

We have rehomed a moggie and then a single somali and now a sibling pair of somalis.

The somalis are "bomb proof" to quote MIL who has bread ragdolls, persians and now mainecoons. They are so chilled it's quite unbelievable.

I would always recommend rehoming an adult. Kittens are hard work and too vulnerable if you have young children. My somalis have come from the breed society - it's possible to get pedigrees that way. £50 donation and they are up to date with vaccs and spayed.

RandomMess Sun 06-Nov-11 20:53:45

Kittie, I want a Rex <<sulk>>

Everlong Mon 07-Nov-11 16:34:08

Ragdolls are beautiful cats both in nature and looks. They are very laid back and lazy but they do shed a lot.

We have a Siamese. He's quite active, nosy, very loving and loves to hang out with the dc's. They are quite noisy though.

Why not ring the local shelter? I'm sure there are plenty of lovely cats there.

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