While Zoe and Jasper love one another deeply, this particularly enchanting scene should be understood as far more than a delightful snuggle/love-fest. In fact, were it not for Jasper's charming disposition this scene could have quickly descended into a bitter battle over prime real estate. This is Zoe's uncontested perch, and nobody would dare to stake a claim without fear of reprisals. This has only ever been Zoe's bed, and as diminutive as she is– she is a scrappy little kitty who doesn't bat an eye when faced with evicting interlopers twice her size.
Her nest sits on top of a dresser– giving her a nice vantage point, but the bed itself is a plush and fluffy cat-bed that was unwittingly outfitted with the most comfortable fleece jacket. The jacket, which was once –and would still be– my husband's favorite cold weather coat, was overtaken by Zoe in a coup d'état. My husband quite literally placed the coat on the dresser while putting on his shoes to walk Delilah and Lucy, and BOOM– Zoe appeared out of nowhere and claimed it! He periodically laments the fact that he can't wear his jacket, and I have to remind him that it is no longer his.
There is no question that this loving scene between Zoe and Jasper is utterly heartwarming, but Zoe's position should be read as somewhat conflicted. On the one hand, she loves her bed with great vigor, and on the other there is no cat that she loves more than Jasper, but he is in her spot! Thus, while she tolerates, or even enjoys, snuggling him this enjoyment is infused with a slightly passive aggressive demeanor. However, Jasper is neither of aware of this, nor would he concern himself with such territorial musings. After all, he does have the position of privilege, and a darling girl snuggling him!