Emily and Joy taking a nap together.
We're pretty lucky that Emily really loves our cats and the cats seem to tolerate Emily very well. Emily's best friends are our two cats Joy and Coconut. Her first word was kitty and now she knows how to meow. It's pretty adorable.
We're lucky that these two cats like Emily. They're amazingly tolerant. Both of them will play with Emily and let her chase them around the house. Often I will find all three of them sitting down together and getting into trouble. When Emily goes into her play area in the living room Joy often follows and sits close by. Coconut keeps a safer distance, but is never too far off in case Emily might drop a cookie for him to gobble up. They both let her pet them as well as pull on their whiskers and, in the case of the other night, ride their tails. (Emily held onto Joy's tail as she was walking away and Joy dragged her across the floor...no screaming from cat or toddler.)
I sometimes worry about Emily not having a sibling to play with now, but she seems content to socialize with the cats and that's pretty sweet. After all, that's what her mother does. Some of my best friends have been kitties and I'm glad Emily has some cat friends too.