8 Best Cat Breeds for Kids

The little Abyssinian is best for older children who can handle the cat carefully. Ideal for families, this breed is sociable, affectionate, and fun.  


Due to their gentleness, American shorthairs make good family pets. Due to their origins as mousers, they are fun, active, and independent cats who don't need regular family care. They enjoy watching the window or playing alone.

American Shorthair

Bengals, like Abyssinian cats, are energetic and playful, so kids can enjoy playing with them. Bengals are curious and gregarious, so living with a busy family with kids can be stimulating.


Birman cats are medium-sized and sturdy with long, silky hair. This color-pointed breed has light-colored body with darker face, ears, legs, and tail "points". Birman cats all have blue eyes and four white paws.


Burmese cats are energetic, medium-sized, and strong. Burmese are playful adults who act like kittens. Kids may give the Burmese endless fun, making this species very happy.


Devon Rexes are little, so they may be better with older kids, but they are gregarious, friendly, and energetic, so families with children may enjoy them.

Devon Rex

They get along with other cats and cat-friendly canines. They are easily trained, so youngsters may have fun teaching them tricks with positive reinforcement and delectable snacks.

Maine Coon

The Manx, a medium-sized cat with short or long hair, is ideal for families with children. Strong, friendly, and lively, the breed enjoys playing with respecting children. Manx can be dog-like, and some play fetch with their favorite toys.