What cat breed would be best for me?

My house has 3 dogs, 3 little kids and lots of breakables. Most of us will be gone during the day. What cat breed fits??

Asked by Member 1091608 on Feb 12th 2012 in Choosing the Right Pet
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Linus (Dreamboat #72a)

Personality can vary - even in purebreds. If you want a purebred, your best bet is to talk to some breeders, let them know you have a busy household with dogs, young children, ect. and are gone most of the day. A kitten that is more bold and self-confident and a little independent would probably be a good fit. A kitten who is shy and more reserved may be overwhelmed and unhappy in a busy, boisterous household.

Most cats don't have breeds like the dog world. If you don't have your heart set on a purebred, I would suggest you vist your local shelter. They will have many cats and kittens to choose from. Let them know you have dogs and small children and they will be able to direct you to some cats that might be a good fit for your family. You may also want to consider an adult cat. Their personalities are fully developed - kittens can change and are hard to predict what they will look and act like as adults. Good luck finding your kitty!

Linus (Dreamboat #72a) answered on 2/12/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


You definitely want to look for an individual cat with the right personality and life experience and forget about breed, color, gender, or even age really. You want any cat who knows dogs, preferably dogs at least as big as your biggest dog, and has been around small children and proven to be pretty gentle and good with claw trimmings so the kids won't be getting scratched up and think kitty hates them. Contact a local shelter or rescue group (through Catster Adoptions or Petfinder) and be sure to ask about any cat you are interested in's background- the sort of environment it was fostered in or the sort of home they think it came from. A good shelter or rescue group will have adoption coordinators who will ask a lot of questions to try and ensure a great match for the whole family.

Cali answered on 2/13/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Top Cat Breeds For Families
Abyssinian: Extremely friendly & sociable breed that loves to play.
American Shorthair: These happy, social, energetic cats also get along well with dogs.
Birman: Easygoing and adaptable, the Birman is noted as a go-with-the-flow cat.
Burmese: Friendly and people-oriented, Burmese are very gentle with kids.
Maine Coon: These big mellow cats are naturally sociable and a great cat with kids, but they do need to be brushed daily.
Manx: This tailless breed loves attention, and is also a social, friendly cat.
Persian: They are social and love attention, but need daily brushing.
Ragdoll: If you'd like a longhaired cat who needs less frequent grooming than the Maine Coon or Persian, consider the Ragdoll. They are gentle giants who were named for their propensity to go limp when picked up.

I've heard the following breeds are good with dogs: Ocicat, Japanese & American Bobtail, Bombay, Sphynx, Scottish Fold, Turkish Angora, Maine Coon, Burmese...

Twinkle answered on 2/15/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Probably too late for you, you probably already have a new kitty, but just in case, you might check out an Ocicat. Our daughters "surprised" us with one for Christmas, and she has been a total joy. Of at least 15 cats we have been owned by over the last 38 years, she is the best behaved and is not like other cats! Google the breed and also check out Saphira's page. She is a bit shy around strangers and especially kids, not quite keeping with the breed profile. I would suggest getting an adult, so you have a pretty good idea of the personality.

Any way you go, good luck with your new kitty!

Saphira answered on 7/17/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer