Which breed of cat should you choose if you live surrounded by several people, children or even other animals? Let’s take a look at the felines known to be familial.
Some cats adapt better to family life than others. Concretely, these felines are endowed with character traits that allow them to easily find their place within the small clan, especially if it includes children.
These animals are also able to adapt to most lifestyles: in an apartment or in a house with a garden, in town or in the country … They are sociable and withstand the agitation associated with more or less large families quite well.
In addition, they have no difficulty sharing their territory with other cats and animals of other species, such as dogs, that make up the family.
A cat suitable for family life is also a companion whose upbringing is not particularly complex and whose maintenance is not extensive. In this way, everyone in the household can participate in these 2 aspects, as far as possible.
Finally, the big plus in some so-called family cats is their “hypoallergenic” character. They shed little hair, which is a significant advantage for people who are sensitive to it.
Here are 8 breeds of cats suitable for family life …
- American Bobtail
Extremely gentle and delicate, the American Bobtail is a cat very attached to its owner. His behavior is even similar to that of the dog, sometimes showing itself to be quite clingy. Affectionate and playful, he gets along very well with children and other animals.
Not to mention that the American Bobtail requires little maintenance, whether it is the short-haired variety or the medium-long haired one. So many qualities that make it an excellent companion for the whole family.
- American Curl
Recognized by its large, hairy ears curving above the head and back, the American Curl is the ideal cat for a family with or without children. It is also indicated for the elderly and, in general, those who are not particularly active.
An indoor cat, he is very calm, yet able to be playful. In addition, he rarely meows.
Cat of medium size, resulting from the cross between American Shorthair and a leopard cat (Felis bengalensis), the Bengal inherited from the latter its beautiful spotted or marbled coat.
Perfectly domesticated, and has been for generations, he is very affectionate, active, curious and playful. At the same time, he is never aggressive. All this makes it adaptable to all living environments and family structures.
The origins of the Ceylon feline breed are in Sri Lanka (Ceylon is also the old name of this island country on the Indian subcontinent). It remains relatively unknown, especially in Western Europe.
Despite everything, this cat has all the qualities of a family pet. He is tender, affectionate, sociable, lively, easy to educate and gets along perfectly with children because he is very playful. He also has a great need to exercise daily.
Physically, the European is easily confused with an alley cat. Its short hair considerably facilitates its maintenance. Also, it is an independent cat and tends to let its territorial instinct express itself; he does not like intrusions from fellow creatures.
To put it simply, the Exotic is a Persian with a slightly longer coat. When it comes to temperament, it also differs from it by its greater liveliness.
Extremely attached to his owner, the Exotic is a calm cat, discreet, playful, patient and getting along with all members of the family, including the youngest. He also enjoys the company of his peers and other animals.
- German Rex
Outside of its home country of Germany in this case, the German Rex is not very well known. However, these are not the qualities that it lacks. He is, in fact, described as gentle, lively and endowed with a tremendous capacity for adaptation. He can live in an urban environment as well as in the countryside.
This cat does not require complex maintenance and is in good health. Sociability, intelligence and patience also characterize him, allowing him to be a very good companion for the whole family.
Fond of hugs from his owner and other members of his family, the Ragdoll is an extremely gentle cat. He would rather stay at home than venture outside.
Never aggressive and very patient, he is an excellent and pleasant companion for children, even the youngest of them. He also adapts easily to change, while loathing loneliness.