Cats that are a good lap cat and that are good with children

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  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable
  • 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, 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, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
The American shorthair cat has a short, dense coat and is believed to have come to America aboard the Mayflower, earning its passage as a rat catcher. With their affectionate nature, compact build, round faces, and short ears, American shorthairs make beautiful and loving pets.
  • 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
  • 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, calico / tri-color, color point, tabby
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, cats, families
  • other traits: easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat
The American curl is best known for the ears that give the breed their name. But on top of this adorably unique head feature, these are friendly, sweet family pets.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate, bold
  • coat length: short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, fawn
  • 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, high potential for weight gain, good for first-time pet owners, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
American wirehair cats are a playful, affectionate, and independent breed with a coarse, crimped coat. Read more about this friendly companion cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: long
  • colors: white, red / orange, blue / gray, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, families, seniors
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat
Combining everything people love about the Siamese with a soft coat of luscious, long hair, the Balinese is a luxurious take on an already popular breed.
  • 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: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: short
  • colors: black / ebony
  • patterns: solid
  • intelligence: high
  • good with: children, seniors, 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 lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Want a panther but also enjoy both of your arms? Let us suggest the Bombay cat breed!
  • 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, 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: 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.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: 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: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, low prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Often called the “lazy man’s Persian” the exotic shorthair has the same body type and personality of the Persian cat, but with a shorter coat. Find out everything you need to know about this docile cat 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: long
  • colors: cream / beige / tan
  • patterns: color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Himalayans combine the luxurious coat of a Persian with the flashy coloring of a Siamese. Although it’s a mid-sized cat, the Himalayan looks larger than it is because of its fluffy, long coat.
  • 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: long
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, cream / beige / tan, chocolate / brown / sable, cinnamon, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, calico / tri-color, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Sweet tempered and loving, Persian cats are famous for their long, flowing coats and appealing round pansy-like faces. Find out everything you need to know about the Persian cat breed.
  • temperament: sociable, affectionate
  • coat length: hairless, short
  • colors: white, black / ebony, red / orange, blue / gray, lavender / silver, fawn, lilac
  • patterns: solid, bi-color, tabby, color point
  • intelligence: medium
  • good with: children, seniors, dogs, cats, families
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, friendly toward humans, friendly toward other pets, friendly toward strangers, strong loyalty tendencies, good lap cat
Similar in size and appearance to the sphynx or Oriental shorthair, the Peterbald cat is a newer breed of Russian origin with a unique coat and devoted family disposition. Learn more about this hairless cat breed.
  • 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: 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, 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: affectionate
  • coat length: long, short
  • colors: lavender / silver, fawn, blue / gray, black / ebony, cream / beige / tan, red / orange
  • patterns: bi-color, solid, calico / tri-color, tabby
  • 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, tolerates being alone, high potential for weight gain, good lap cat, tolerates being picked up
Scottish fold cats make great, affectionate pets that thrive on human interaction without being too demanding for your constant attention. They have a charmingly unique appearance due to their ear carriage, round heads and eyes, and thick legs and tail. Learn more about Scottish folds to see if one is right for you.