Most of my life people, usually male self-defined 'intellectuals' have told me it was anthropomorphic and sentimental of me to attribute poses like this to affection. The two cats are from different feral litters, both spayed/neutered by 6 months of age, a year's difference in age with the smaller, shorter haired female being younger. She hissed at him first time she saw him but within a few weeks they were bonded. They had 12 years before the male passed. She grieved for YEARS. How my first husband would have chided and berated me for putting it that way!
Now science is on my side. Last night an animal biologist on a show i was watching said that every time science has made pronouncements about what animals can and can't do, do and do not feel or understand within 20 years research proves the pronouncement wrong. Most recently some have been researching morality in animals, with results that might shock many---fairness, compassion they have it too. i have mixed feelings about this documentation of what i've long believed and asserted. Mostly because one or two folks i'd like to show the studies, the evidence to have left this world before me and i can't say: 'Told you so!' and laugh at their rationalizations.
i've never been a fan of human exceptionalism whether religion based or 'science' based...WE inhabit animal bodies, we're part of nature, any separation has been our own doing...mostly out of mistaken sense of superiority.