Cats that are good for first-time pet owners and that are good with children

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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Ragdoll cats are gentle, loving companion pets who get along great with children. Learn more about this gorgeous, gentle breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Japanese bobtail cats are known for their short tails and playful personalities. This breed makes wonderful family pets. Learn more about owning a Japanese bobtail.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: bi-color, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Meant to emulate wild ocelots, the ocicat brings the visual thrill of a big cat, without a drop of wild blood.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • patterns: solid, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Burmillas are a cross between chinchilla Persians and Burmese cats. These cats are a fun, friendly breed that loves to be part of the family. Learn more about living with a Burmilla cat.
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, blue / gray, red / orange, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac, lavender / silver
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Beautiful, fuzzy, gentle giants, the ragamuffin is the perfect family cat who loves being held and stroked and gets along famously with children and other pets.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short, long
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Prized for its unusual curly coat, the Selkirk Rex cat is one of only four breeds of cat with wavy fur. This curly-haired cat has a warm, loving disposition and comes in both short- and long-haired versions.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
American bobtails are known for their wild appearance and short bobbed tails. These cats make loving, loyal, and playful pets. Learn more about owning an American bobtail.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, good for first-time pet owners, tolerates being picked up
Singapura cats are high-energy, pint-sized pets with wide eyes, big ears, and playful personalities. Learn more about living with Singapuras.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Originally called the Sacred Cat of Burma, the Birman is an ancient breed that’s been prized for generations for its beautiful markings and its lovely, mild temperament. These mid-size cats are sociable, easy-going felines that make wonderful pets for people of all ages.
  • temperament: affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Regal in bearing and possessing a stunning, shimmering blue coat, the Korat is a gorgeous, affectionate “good luck cat” for most households.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
British shorthair cats are one of the oldest recognized cat breeds, first thought to have been brought to Britain by the Romans. Prized for their soft, plush coats and rounded bodies, British shorthairs could almost be mistaken for living teddy bears.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: seniors, children, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
British Longhair cats are loyal, loving pets with sweet faces and relaxed attitudes. Learn more about life with this friendly, fluffy cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
With their high intelligence and gorgeous white fur, it’s easy to see why the Turkish Angora is a national treasure in their home country.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Siamese cats are social, affectionate, clever animals who make loving and loyal pets. Read more about this bold breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
Khao Manee cats, also known as Khao Plort cats, are playful. They have pure white coats and jewel-tone eyes. These rare kitties are said to bring good luck to owners. Learn more about living with a Khao Manee cat.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long, hairless, short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, white, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
LaPerm cats are known for their curly coats, friendly personalities and loud, proud purring. Learn more about living with the loving LaPerm cat breed.
  • temperament: affectionate, neurotic, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Russian blues are intelligent, loving, and loyal cats while preserving their independent streak. Learn more about this playful, pretty breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, shy
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, lilac, red / orange, white
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, tabby
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, tolerates being alone, highly territorial, high prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
European shorthair cats are adaptable, friendly, people-pleasing pets who love to hunt and spend time with their pet parents. Learn more about the European shorthair cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: blue / gray, lavender / silver, chocolate / brown / sable, lilac
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, tolerates being picked up
With their huge eyes, outgoing personalities, and dog-like tendencies, Burmese are the perfect cat for winning over people who say they don’t like cats.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, neurotic, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, white, black / ebony, red / orange, cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, friendly toward humans, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Devon rex cats are known as “poodle cats,” thanks to their wavy coats and intelligent, outgoing personalities. Learn more about owning a Devon rex cat.