I also took the time to learn the feline body language to judge when they wanted to be petted and when they wanted to be left alone. That is a big cause of scratching humans, especially with children. The cat has had enough and tries to give some hints as to that, but the kid won't stop. Or, the child pulls the cat's tail or pokes its eyes, etc. You can't let a child play unsupervised with a cat until you absolutely know that the child is responsible and not cruel. I would not recommend a small kitten for a child. A cat of at least a year who has been raised around kids is a safer bet.
I admit that I am a bit prejudiced toward Maine Coons, which are beautiful and known to be great with kids...LOL.
Thanks for your recommendation.
Id never have my cat declawed even if I have been tempted many times.
When she was a small kitten shed ambush me and climb my leg like a tree leaving a blood trail. I broke her of it by snapping her ears. I tried to break her of clawing furniture, even using a squirt gun. She thought it was a game, dodging the water stream. When she claws me its when I sleep.
She just mean at times but shes so sweet when she wants to be.