Optical illusions can be quite mind-bending and fun to look at. That’s exactly what this Reddit user from Bavaria, Germany, i_spin_bubbles, captured while photographing his cat. In the photo, it looks like his cat has lost its head in a basket. The picture has gathered up over 10k upvotes and many comments are quite amusing, while others are just confused and wondering how this happened.

Apparently, the secret is that there is not one, but two cats in the photo: one named Koda, lying in the basket, and the other named Lilly, turned away. We talked with the owner and he told us more about the cats and their story.

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“One head in, one head out. Cat complete,” wrote the user i_spin_bubbles in his Reddit post

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The Reddit user said that he didn’t realize that he’d captured an Illusion until he saw the photo: “I just took pictures of both of them playing. When I saw the captured picture, I saw the illusion. I didn’t expect for the picture to become a meme and thus so widely known. I was just hoping for people on /r/aww to like it.”

Here’s what the community of Reddit had to say

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There were lots of memes created from this picture. The owner said that he really enjoys them: “I really liked the beheading history meme. Fun fact: The cats were born near the French border.”

This is Koda and Lilly, the two kitties responsible for the confusing photo

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Koda was the one chilling in the basket and Lilly was turned away

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“My parents always had cats so I really missed having cats of my own. I told my sister I wanted cats, and her cat (also Lilly) hadn’t been sterilized yet. However, she had a miscarriage, so my sister got these two for me from a nearby farm. They were 10 weeks old. The first week, they were with my sister and their new ‘mama’ Lilly. After that week, I had time to collect them. That Lilly was one of the reasons I wanted a third cat, and why I wanted her to be three-colored as well.”

The Reddit user always wanted to have cats, so decided to get three—Koda, Miez, and Lilly

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The owner shared more information about the cats and their relationship: “Lilly and Koda get along really well, better than I expected. Miez accepts Lilly, though she’s still too active for her taste.” He said that he’s not planning on getting any more cats: “Three cats is enough, especially since they can’t roam outside. I live in a city center with cars all around, that would be way too risky to let them outside. That’s why I built a ton of cat trees.”

Lilly was the third cat the user got and she had a leg injury with a fever when he got her, but Lilly soon got better

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“I set up an ad looking for a young female cat, and a few days later, I got a reply with a cat named Lilly, who didn’t get along well with their male cat. She had a leg injury and seemed to have gotten an infection (she had a fever). That’s why I went to the vet, where I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the immunization card: She was born on the same day as my brother, who died 20 years ago.”

Here’s the whole family taking a nap together

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The owner also wanted to share a message with our readers: “I would love for people not to get young cats just because they are cute or because they think they’re less work than a dog. Cats are very social animals despite their reputation and need all the attention they can get.”

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