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10 Great Cat Breeds for Kids

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Ragdoll
When lifted, ragdoll cats have a tendency to go limp.  No one knows why.
When lifted, ragdoll cats have a tendency to go limp. No one knows why.
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As soon as you pick up a Ragdoll, all its muscles relax, and you're left holding a cat "draped over your arm like a waiter's napkin" [source: Taylor]. Scientists cannot explain why this breed goes limp when lifted [sources: Birr and Rixon]. One story says a cat was hit by a vehicle, so all her children were born with limpness as a self-defense mechanism. In all likelihood, the Ragdoll's limp-when-lifted quality is a genetic trait that inexplicably survived evolution [source: Edwards].

Despite that quirkiness, this breed actually produces sturdy cats that happen to be somewhat inactive. They make great indoor pets, and will follow you around the house. They get along remarkably well with kids and dogs and can sometimes learn small tricks, like fetch -- and the play-dead "trick" will be a hit with your kids' friends. If the kids want an active pet, it's best to steer away from the Ragdoll. This cat is better for those who would enjoy cuddling a couch potato [source: CFA].

Sidenote: Dinnertime is the only time that this cat might get noisy. It loves its food and won't be afraid to tell you when it's hungry.


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