My kids are teenagers now, but when they were little tykes we spent endless afternoons poring over online photos of adorable kitties. I’ve always been a sucker for a cute cat pic, so I have to admit no one twisted my arm in participating in this particular activity. I tended to stick with certain sites because, honestly, I was afraid of the sidebar ads on some of the sites and there was occasional foul language and adult themes on some of the LOL-style photos.
If you regularly spend time with young children and want to peruse the online pussycats, fear not! I have compiled a list of six sites that don’t show (based on my personal experience) adult-themed ads or use grown-up language. At least in my experience. There are some great sites and blogs out there with clean content, but I’m focusing on ones that are known for photo after adorable photo.
Want to go gaga over gallery after gallery of cute, funny, and hopelessly aww-some cat pics? Look no further than this very site. Have you ever clicked on the little tab at the top of the page labeled “Galleries?” You should — with or without kids in tow. You can choose galleries based on tags like “Yawn,” “Sink,” “Sunglasses,” and more! These reader-submitted photos are the cat’s meow. And definitely safe for your kittens.
This site has stood the test of time. Cute Overload was a family favorite when my kids were in elementary school and it’s still just as overloaded with cute as it ever was. Although there are serious doses of kitty love on this site, you’ll also find photos of every imaginable animal on the planet. Pages of pages of cute. We even bought the page-a-day calendar one year because we couldn’t get enough of the cute. Plus, no questionable ads for sexy video games.
Animal Planet is always good for bringing us the best in all things cat, and they don’t fail in the area of cat photos either. In their General Cat Care section, there’s a really nice gallery of 31 cat breeds. I remember my daughter having a giant book that contained exquisite photos of all the cat breeds. We spent a lot of time ogling the beautiful photographs and learning a little bit about the specific breeds. The Animal Planet gallery has some pretty cute pics, along with very brief information about each one. It’s great for kids — or any of us with a very short attention span.
We spent a lot of time on this U.K.-based site. Readers are presented with two photos of cats and asked to choose one as “cutest” — which is an exceedingly difficult task. Then another pair of pics pops up and you choose again. This can go on all day long, and I think sometimes it might have. Kidding, but I can see how it could happen. We didn’t focus so much on the contest aspect of it as we did admiring all the cute kitten photos. We always shared what we loved about each kitten before making a choice, and if the one we didn’t choose came around again, we’d automatically pick him or her. They’re all winners!
Pinterest: The motherlode of all things eye candy, including kitty cats. You’ll find some LOL images here when searching “Cats,” but when I searched for “Cute Kittens,” I happened upon a treasure trove of totally family-friendly fuzz. You could also create your own Pinterest cat pages and load it up with photos to share with your child. There’s no shortage, believe me.
If you follow cat blogs, you know Love Meow is known for their sugary sweet stories and catch-your-breath cute cat pics. The Facebook page is full of kid-friendly cat pics and links to feel-good stories. I know the person who runs Love Meow and she is just as adorable as the kitties she features. Tip: Take a look at the Facebook photo albums for some super-cute reader-submitted kitty pics. Go ahead. Join Love Meow’s over half-million Facebook fans and enjoy a little online kitty love.
Do you have suggestions for family-friendly sites that have great cat photos? Tell us about it in the comments!
About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in a comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.
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