We have a 10-month old baby and two cats. One cat is very friendly and the other aloof. We have had cats longer than baby.
Our daughter can now crawl and pick objects up--so she is eager to engage with cats. Naturally, the cats are not, but we have had few issues with safety for either (she has been swatted once or twice and cats have endured excessive fur pulling).
We don't want our daughter to fear the cats, but to learn how to appropriately handle them--ie, not pull fur or tail or whiskers. We've been demonstrating that and she seems to occasionally be gentle, but not usually.
How do we encourage her to engage with the cats well (without causing them discomfort and leading to them lashing out), so that neither her nor cats experience harm?