10 Cat Breeds Suitable For Family Life

Which breed of cat to choose if you live surrounded by several people, children, or even other animals? Let’s take a look at the felines known to be family cats.

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.

A cat adapted to family life is also a companion whose education 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 10 breeds of cats suitable for family life


[bimber_title size=”h2″]1. American Bobtail[/bimber_title]

American bobtail
Extremely soft and delicate, the American Bobtail is a cat very attached to its master. Its behavior is even similar to that of the dog, sometimes showing itself to be quite clingyAffectionate and playful, It 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.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]2. American Curl[/bimber_title]

American Curl
Recognizable by its large, hairy ears curved 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.

Indoor cat, It is very calm while being able to be playful. In addition, It rarely meows.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]3. Bengal[/bimber_title]

Cat of medium size, resulting from the cross between American Shorthair and a leopard cat, the Bengal inherited from the latter its beautiful spotted or marbled coat.

Perfectly domesticated, and has been for generations, It’s very affectionate, active, curious, and playful. At the same time, It’s never aggressive. All this makes that it adapts to all living environments and family structures .


[bimber_title size=”h2″]4. Burmese[/bimber_title]

Burmese cat
Native to Thailand, the Burmese shows off its particularly gentle and docile temperament. It also shows delicacy to all the members of Its family.

The Burmese are also valued for their intelligence and curiosity, which greatly facilitates their upbringing. In short, it is a cat that is cut for life within a clan, whatever its composition.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]5. Ceylon[/bimber_title]

Ceylon Cat
The origins of the Ceylon feline breed are in Sri Lanka (Ceylon is also the old name of this island country of the Indian subcontinent). It remains relatively unknown, especially in Western Europe.

Despite everything, this cat has all the qualities of a family pet. It’s tender, affectionate, sociable, lively, easy to educate, and gets along perfectly with children because It’s very playful. It also has a great need to exercise daily.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]6. Cornish Rex[/bimber_title]

Cornish rex cat
Another cat characterized by its rarity, the Cornish Rex is also made to live in a family. Very attached to Its master whom It tends to follow everywhere, It displays a rather canine behavior. It’s even considered to be one of the less independent cats. It also knows how to use Its charm and loves to play with children. The Cornish Rex is essentially an indoor cat. However, don’t be fooled by its fragile appearance; It’s an athlete, endowed with remarkable resistance.

Finally, it has the particularity of being rather noisy, since it meows a lot while emitting a shrill voice. This is a point to be taken into account when adopting.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]7. Devon Rex[/bimber_title]

Devon Rex Cat
The Devon Rex is also one of the cats that present an ideal profile for family life. It is distinguished by its gentleness and benevolence, which it expresses both towards humans of all ages and towards other animals. Its sociable character, Its liveliness, and Its intelligence are highly appreciated.

You can recognize the Devon Rex cat by its large ears and short hair. Its coat is also known to be low allergenic.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]8. European[/bimber_title]

European Shorthair
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; It does not like intrusions from fellow creatures.

For the rest, It adapts quite well to family life thanks to Its intelligence, Its joie de vivre, and Its tenderness. Moreover, It loves to play with children.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]9. Exotic[/bimber_title]

Exotic Shorthair
To put it simply, the Exotic is a Persian with a slightly longer coat. As for the temperament, it also differs from it by its greater liveliness.

Extremely attached to Its master, the Exotic is a calm, discreet, playful, patient cat who gets along with all the members of the family, including the youngest. It also enjoys the company of Its fellows and other animals.


[bimber_title size=”h2″]10. German Rex[/bimber_title]

German Rex Cat
Outside of its country of origin, Germany in this case, the German Rex is not very well known. It’s described as soft, lively, and endowed with a formidable capacity for adaptation. It can live in an urban environment as well as in the countryside.

This cat does not require complex maintenance and has solid health. Sociability, intelligence, and patience also characterize It, allowing It to be a very good companion for the whole family.


Last Updated on June 24, 2023 by Amanda Wheatley


  • Amanda Wheatley

    Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, pet behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..) Why Trust ShelterAPet? At ShelterAPet, our collective is composed of writers, veterinarians, and seasoned animal trainers with a deep passion for pets. Our team of esteemed professionals delves into extensive research to deliver trustworthy insights on a broad spectrum of pet-related subjects. We anchor our evaluations on direct customer experiences, meticulous testing, and comprehensive scrutiny. Our commitment is to uphold transparency and integrity for our cherished community of pet aficionados and prospective pet parents.

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