Cat Nice, eight, and her unusual playmate Suria, six, spend hours together cuddling and preening each other. And in a world where cat videos are among the most viewed on the internet, it was hardly a surprise that footage of them went viral.
Owner Ekaterina Kuraeva, 45, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, filmed the pair scratching and embracing each other in videos that went viral online.
Ekaterina said: “When we got Suria, Nice was already living with us, they bonded straight away.
“Now they spend the whole day together, every day.
“They do everything together, eating, sleeping and playing.
“Suria is definitely the most affectionate one, but Nice loves the meerkat too, he loves playing with him and licking him up.
“Suria is very jealous when I spend time with the cat, when I take him in my arms, he gets nervous and starts jumping trying to get him back.”
Despite their similar name meerkats are part of the mongoose family and have no natural links to cats.