Cats and Kids

How to make them friends for life

By Rebecca Sweat |

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Connor, 8, from Providence, R.I., loves that his Ragdoll cat, Barney, always waits for him after school.

"When I go in the family room and watch cartoons, Barney will sit down by me, and then I don't feel like I'm alone," he says.

Emma, 12, from Belleville, Ill., cheers up by just watching the antics of her tabby, Snow Tiger.

"He's hilarious and a little crazy," she says. "He jumps off the walls and likes to chase his tail. Even if I've had a bad day, he always makes me laugh."

Connor and Emma are on to something. Cats can make wonderful companions for children. For starters, they provide love and affection, entertainment and stress-release, emotional and physical comfort, and act as non-judgmental best friends and confidants.

"Your child doesn't have to wear certain kinds of clothes or be part of the 'in' crowd to be accepted by the cat," says Alice Villalobos, DVM, a veterinarian in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

**Get the November 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article or click here to purchase a PDF version.**

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