>I get cuckvision and everything I thought was pure and innocent is revealed to be an allegory for cuckqueaning
I know what you mean. Vid related.
If you watch the show, the Enchantimals' besties aren't normal animals, all of them are able to speak English, albeit they do it less often than the humanoids and it's a lot more gutteral and hesitant. So they're definitely of comparable sentience, if you watch the show, if more childish at times (more like younger siblings). But who says a cuckquean can't be a nurturing older woman? Think of Twilight sharing Spike with Sweetie Belle, for example.
well they do all have the ears, but then they also have altered feet and some other kind of projection (tail, antlers, beak, furry patch on forehead, etc)