For me this is a new way for cats to form a heart shape! Big deal. Yes, I know it is trivia but there is almost a meme online for two cats forming a heart shape. Now the big question is whether this was staged. The answer is apparently, yes if I am not mistaken. There is a comment on the Reddit website by the person who I believe took the photograph. She said:
“Wow people. This is a REAL picture… my boys Cheeto and Sherbert month old. If you don’t like it MOVE ON ya freaks of course it’s staged!”
As you can see some viewers think that it was not real. They mean edited. But it is real – I think…. It just took a bit of judicious and gentle pushing and shoving of the delicate bodies of two sleepy and sweet felines to get them temporarily into the right configuration.
Mind you young cats like this become pretty pliable when then are sleepy. I have decided that they are siblings but we are not told that. They look like siblings with ginger tabby coats.
It would be perfectly believable if these youngsters had formed this shape without encouragement as cats love to touch friends and associates when sleeping and resting. It goes with the territory of cat friendships as domestic cats have become very sociable. It is slightly strange because domestic cats are inherently solitary animals. Thousands of years of living with people has changed them into animals like the human animal; an social creature.
I think cats have learned to be social because they live with social creatures. Given that there will be another 10,000 years of cat domestication what can we expect after another 10,000 years? Domestic cats that can communicate with us using human sounds or humans will have learned to speak cat! We have already created AI software which claims to translate feline sounds. It is a bit of fun now but one day this sort of software will be mainstream.