Being a cat slave and at the same time a mother or a father, ever experienced this dilemma? To have a cat or not in the house? On the one hand, you miss the old times you spend with those fluffy, adorable guys. On the other hand, you are afraid of the possible hurt that the cat brings to your child, for example, scratching kids' face with it's sharp claws.
Your concern is logical; after all, cats are not as obedient and controllable as dogs. However, the good news is that some dog-like cat breeds will provide the best guards to the child instead of causing trouble. Let's look at which they are:
Temperament: Birman are easy-to-handle cats because of their sweet and affectionate nature. They bond very well with their owners, and are good with children. They tend to be both curious and unobtrusive, but by no means aloof. They are perhaps happiest in homes that have other pets, and are also kindly enough to permit a cuddle whether you are a little kid or an exotic pet.
|Other Name||Sacred cat of Burma, Sacred Burma|
|Life Span||12-16 years|
|Fur Color||Seal, chocolate, blue, lilac (a softer silver-grey), red, or cream|
|Recognition||GCCF, CFA, CCA, TICA|
Culture: The Birman is also called the "sacred cat of Burma" after a famous legend which describes the breed's origin. It is said that they are the companions of temple priests in northern Burma in the Mount of Lugh. Stories about how they first came to France, including how pairs of cats were being given as a reward for helping defend a temple, or being smuggled out of Burma.
The Birman was almost wiped out as a breed during World War II and only two cats were alive in Europe at the end of the war. Therefore, they can pass down from one generation to another today greatly due to human's efforts in helping reproduction.
Many Birman breeders follow the French tradition of naming a kitten born in a year that begins with the same letter of the alphabet. For example, Kittens born in 2016 would start with N, and in 2017 O, and so on.
Care: To maintain the health of a Birman, you should brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease; trim the nails every couple of weeks; check the ears weekly; keep the litter box clean and keep it at home.
Temperament: The Ragdoll is another good choice to live with kids. They are very popular in the USA along with the United Kingdom, and are best known for their docile and placid temperament and affectionate nature.
They are often regarded as "dog-like cats" or "puppy-like-cats" because they love to follow people around, feel ease at being physically handled, and relatively lack aggression toward other pets. They can also be trained to retrieve toys and enjoy doing so.
|Life Span||15-25 years|
|Recognition||IRCA, CFA, FIFe, RFCI|
|Health||Lowest Survival Rate; HCM|
Culture: The name "Ragdoll" is derived from this breed's tendency to go limp when picked up, which relates to a highly unlikely myth that the first Ragdoll kittens inherited this trait because their mother was injured by being hit by an automobile. As well, the extremely docility leads to a myth that Ragdolls are pain-resistant, which partly considered as passing down Persian and Birman breeds.
Care: For the health of a Ragdoll, you should brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease, check ears weekly and wipe them out if they look dirty, to keep the litter box clean, to keep them in the house.
Temperament: The Himalayan is also a not bad choice, but they aren't the best option for a houseful of boisterous children and dogs, but they are willing to become a gentle kid's partner. The Himalayan is man-made breed developed by Persians with Siamese.
Like the Persian, they are sweet-tempered, intelligent, calm and sociable, enjoying sitting in a lap, and being petted by those who recognize their superior qualities, and playing house with kind children who will gently comb their hair or wheel them around in a baby buggy.
|Origin||United States, United Kingdom|
|Other Names||Himalayan Persian; Colorpoint Persian;|
|Life Span||9-15 years|
|Fur Color||Blue point; Lilac Point; Seal Point; Chocolate Point; Red or Flame Point; Cream Point|
|Recognition||American Association of Cat Association (AACE), ACFA, Traditional Cat Association (TCA)|
|Health||Problems Related To Facial Structure|
Culture: A Himalayan-Persian named Colonel Meow became an Internet celebrity in 2012, and entered Guinness World Records 2014 as the cat with the longest fur.
Care: For the health of a Himalayan, you should comb it every day to prevent matting, take a regular bathing, prepare a clean litter box, wipe the corners of the eyes clean daily to prevent under-eye stains from forming and brush the teeth to prevent periodontal disease.
4. American Shorthair
Temperament: The American Shorthair was the seventh most popular breed of cat in the USA and is a perfect choice for families with children. They are so intelligent to learn tricks to attract the attention from children who treat them politely and with respect and are willing to play with dogs that will not chase them around the house.
They are marked as smart and athletic cats because they are sensitive to the surroundings, often watching a bird, or other animals from a window perch and preparing to hunter the prey. However, the American Shorthair may leave pet birds or other small animals alone if introduced to them at an early age.
|Origin||North America; Europe|
|Life Span||15-20 years|
|Fur Color||Solid, tabby, calico, tortoiseshell, bicolor, particolored etc.|
|Health||Problems Related To Facial Structure|
Culture: The comic and film character Fritz the Cat is an American Shorthair; The Film Alien and Aliens feature a ginger American Shorthair named Jones.
Care: For the health of American Shorthair, you should brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease; to prevent obesity, to keep the little box clean and to keep them at home.
Temperament: The Ocicat looks like a wild cat, but it has no native DNA in its gene pool, making it an excellent house pet for the families with children. They are very outgoing, playful and have a gentle temperament, for example, they love to follow people around and even ride on the shoulder.
As a "dog in a cat's body" cat, most of them can be trained to fetch, walk on a leash or harness, listen to the command; some even take readily to water. But they require more attention from their owners because of their need for affection.
|Life Span||10-15 years|
|Fur Color||12 colors and dark thumbprint-shaped spots|
|Health||Progressive retinal atrophy; heart disease; periodontal disease|
Culture: The Ocicat was created through crosses between Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair cats. He might be named after the ocelot, a small American wild felid, but he's all domestic cat.
Care: For an Ocicat's health, you should brush their teeth to prevent periodontal disease, to check ears weekly and wipe them out if they look dirty, to keep the litter box clean, to keep them in the house.
It's feasible to both have a kid, and a cat, because the cat breeds mentioned above, have the most docile temperaments and show less aggression, once you trim their sharp claws it can significantly reduce any danger. However, if you have a nasty or naughty boy, you'd better reconsider it. You know, no matter how docile the cat, they have some temper, and they discriminate.