Cats: For Independent Kids
Felines might want to play one day and then ignore your kid the next. That's why they're a good choice for kids who don't mind having companionship only when their pet is in the mood. Even though kittens are cute, they're more work than a full-grown cat. You can save yourself time by adopting a cat from a shelter, suggests Goldfarb.
Another thing to keep in mind: It's more common for kids to be allergic to cats than to any other kind of pet. Before you adopt a cat, try pet-sitting a friend's for the weekend, and be on the lookout for allergy symptoms, like red eyes, itchy skin, or sniffling.