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Q: Getting a cat - need advice

September 18, 2008 | By CLopez | 17 answers | Expired: 2190 days ago

I would like to get a cat for our household. I have a 4 yr old daughter (she'll be 5 in Jan) and am looking for any advice on breed, age, temperament of cat that I should get. We would like a cat that's very good with children and likes to cuddle and be held. Does anyone have any advice for me? Thank you very much.

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Tenlivesclub
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Oct 01, 2008

Visit your local shelter with your daughter. Most shelters will allow you to interact with the adoptable cats. See for yourself which cat interacts best with your daughter. The staff at the shelter will be knowledgeable and know which cats do well with children. Most likely, the best- suited cat will pick you! Good Luck!

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Laura F.
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Sep 29, 2008

Regardless of the breed, I have a couple of suggestions.

1. Get a big, adult cat. Kittens are ADORABLE, but they probably won't be great friends with your 4yr old. Older cats will tolerate being picked up and handled better than a kitten, and they'll spend less time under the sofa trying to get away from her. It's really a win/win situation.

2. Get your new friend from a shelter, and look for one that has already been declawed. Declawing is a HORRIBLE thing. Look at your fingers. See the part from your last knuckle to the tip of your nail? When a cat is declawed they cut that ENTIRE knuckle off. There are far too many cats out there that have already been declawed by some barbaric (or ignorant) owner. Adopt one of them, because the second your new kitty draws the blood of your sweet little girl you'll want to have it declawed anyway.

3. Spend a little time with the cat. Most shelters have a meeting room where you can get to know your prospective pet. Pay attention to the way that cat reacts to your child and vice versa. Remember too that it's not the way that she treats the cat in front of you that you have to worry about. It's what goes on when your head is turned, or you're out of the room. That's when little ones think things like "I wonder what happens if I pull on it's tail real hard..." lol.

Good luck!!!!

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Erica S.
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Sep 26, 2008

There is no definitive type/breed/sex that will be for certain good with kids and cuddly. Like most of the people here have posted, you need to go to a shelter and interact with the cat to see the personality and how it interacts with you and your girl. You definitly want a laid back cat and not one that is anxious or picky about being handled a certain way. Make sure you ask about if the cat is ok being picked up and if it tolerates rough handling. Find one that fits the atmosphere of your house.

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Jodi R.
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Sep 25, 2008

The simplest thing would be to go to your local animal shelter and interact with some of the cats. The staff and volunteers should be able to tell you about their personalities and recommend appropriate matches for you.

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Anonymous
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Sep 25, 2008

Thats a tough one because it all depends on the cat and its personality. I have 2 cats, no special breed, the one was a stray we found as a kitten. I raised him with tons of love and he is as sweet as can be. We have a 2 yr old child we recently adopted and the cat loves her. She sits by him and pets him and he purrs and purrs and would never think o hurting her. My other cat doesnt like her and will swat at her. It may be because he was born into a household that had children (my neighbors)that was very rough with him. My suggestion: If you adopt an older cat, make sure it is one that is known to like children. If you adopt a kitten, give the kitten alot of supervised exposure to your child and most importantly, ONLY let your child be completely gentle with the kitten. If the kitten grows up knowing she can trust your child and only knows love from your child, then the cat will definitely enjoy your child. P.S. PLEASE adopt, dont buy. There are way too many kittens and cats that need good homes. Good luck!

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Chris F.
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Sep 25, 2008

I work at our local shelter and have found that male cats are better with children. My son is also 4 years old. Children are very active and you need to find a cat who can tolerate this. I would suggest going to your local humane society and taking your daughter. Go into their visiting room with the cats who seem to be good with children and see how they interact with your daughter. If they hide behind something, move on. You want a cat who is going to cuddle with her and stay by her the entire visit. I wouldn't suggest a kitten because you don't know their personality yet, but with an adult cat you know exactly what you are getting. Again, males tend to be the best and most relaxed cats around children - good luck!

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Nicky R.
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Sep 24, 2008

Hi! My experience is that male cats are more friendly than females. I don't think it matters on a breed.. shelter cats are a mix of everything and they make great pets!! Some shelters have websites, and the people that work at them have a pretty good idea of the cats' personalities. Ask questions when you go!! And a kitten is more apt to be friendlier as they will have more human contact. Good luck!

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Sue R.
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Sep 21, 2008

I have had numerous cats in my life and they are all different. Some are cuddlers, some are not. My experience is the males are much more cuddly in cats and females in dogs. My best cuddler is my Manx male. He cuddles at night and from what I have been told from visiting guests, he doesn't limit it to me. Beware - the more he cuddles and purrs the more he drools. He also lets me turn him upside down, hang him by his feet and anything else a small child might want to do with him. He also lets the dogs put his head in their mouths but is ware enough to run from dangerous animals or situations. Take your daughter to the shelter and be very watchful for the cat that picks HER not the other way around.

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Angie S.
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Sep 21, 2008

Many shelters' adoption counselors are very good at matching cats with families. They should take the time to talk with you about your family, routines, likes/dislikes, etc. They know the cats at their facility and should be able to match you with a great companion for your family. Pick a shelter where you feel comfortable that the counselors are making every effort to make the right match. That's the very best way for both you and your new kitty to be very happy for years to come.

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Renee D.
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Sep 19, 2008

I think you should get a cat from the shelter. There are soo many to choose from that you will surly find the right cat for you and your family. I recommend getting 2 cats they have someone to play with when you are not around. It's amazing to me as to how many cats there are in shelters and resuces.

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