More Cat Care Information:
Got kids? Are they begging for a new kitty? Then drop whatever you're doing and read this post! We've compiled a list of ten cat breeds that are great for children, as well as the reasons why. Here goes:
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
According to PetMd.com, this cat breed loves to love – both giving and receiving it. It's also smart and very receptive to training. Animal Planet notes that you should consider a Birman for quieter or younger children, or those equipped with patience and who like cuddling.
Catster calls this breed a gentle giant. Why is it called a “Ragdoll?” PetMd points out that when picked up, this cat will go limp like a ragdoll! “Soft voiced and gentle, the Ragdoll enjoys attention but will not demand it.”
More active than a Persian and quieter than a Siamese. PetMd notes that the Himalayan falls into that easy place where an evening game of laser tag or “mouse fishing” is a suitable activity level. This breed loves quiet, relaxing moments.
7. Maine Coon
These big mellow cats, says Catster, are naturally sociable and great with kids. Just note that they do need to be brushed daily.
Catster points out that like the Maine Coon, a Persian needs daily grooming, so be prepared for that commitment before adopting one. They are social and love attention.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
5. Exotic Shorthair
PetMd describes this breed as “a Persian without the pretensions.” The Exotic Shorthair plays up the easy-going, laid back personality of the Persian, without aloofness and grooming demands.
Catster says that this breed is friendly, people-oriented, and very gentle with kids. Also, a Burmese can rival a dog in its ability to retrieve tossed objects and fondness for daily games of fetch.
Abyssinians are great for older and energetic children, according to Animal Planet. These cats like to be outside, and they'll get your kids on the lawn as much as possible. Abyssinians are playful and considered the clowns of the feline world. However, these cats don't make great starter pets for toddlers or younger children who aren't old enough to play outside on their own.
Animal Planet points out that the Manx is known for being the cat without a tail, and it comes in both short- and longhaired varieties. Its tall hind legs let the Manx jump very high. This is an extremely playful breed, known for a high interaction level.
Because of the Tiffany's balanced personality and ideal temperament, this breed is often described as a Goldilocks cat. It is active, yet tolerates quiet time. It is curious, yet won't force itself aggressively into your business or get into mischief. It will also play companionably with children, but it won't wear them out with excessive energy levels.
What other breeds do you think should be mentioned? Leave us a reply and let us know!
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|