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10 Great Cat Breeds for Kids

        Animals | Family Cats

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Persian (or Purrrrsian …)
Persians have sometimes been called "furniture with fur,"  as they tend to be lethargic.
Persians have sometimes been called "furniture with fur," as they tend to be lethargic.
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Persians are incredibly docile, flat-faced cats, and their fur can seem so fluffy and shiny that your kids might mistake them for stuffed animals. With their low level of activity, Persians are great starter pets for young children who don't require highly active pets to remain engaged. A Persian can teach your youngster about playing nice and taking care of a pet's basic needs.

Undemanding, this breed isn't going to follow you around the house trying to figure out what you're up to. But they do love affection and petting. Mainly an indoor cat, Persians shouldn't be taken outside, as their coats will collect dirt and debris [source: Fanciers].

Persians could be considered low-maintenance, apart from needing their long fur brushed or combed often to keep it from matting; their looks are part of what make them a good show cat. However, constant professional grooming can become costly, and a purebred kitten can come with hefty price tag, between $300 and $600 [sources: Rixon and Persian Cat Guide].

Persians aren't known for doing tricks. So if you want a fat cat that can do at least one, check out the Ragdoll: It plays dead.


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