A Blog about Animal Communication

I have been around animals all of my life. I don’t recall a time we didn’t have a cat or two while I was growing up. And in our house it was quite normal for the humans to carry on conversations with the cats. Sometimes those conversations held more intelligence than some I’d had with class-mates throughout the day.

What is Animal Communication? Well, in simplest terms, it’s the sharing of ideas with other sentient beings. Just because animals don’t use our language (ie: spoken words) it doesn’t mean they aren’t trying to communicate with us. And while some of my friends tease and call me Dr. Dolittle, I don’t speak to animals in ‘their own language’. It isn’t like learning French or German and trying to speak to someone in their Mother Tongue.

How does Animal Communication work? There are a fair number of Animal Communicators out there (some call themselves Pet Psychics or Pet Whisperers), and I honestly don’t know if we have all had similar experiences – so I’ll just speak from my perspective. When I ‘talk’ to an animal, I rely on a variety of methods: reading body language and facial expressions, listening to verbal cues, and using my Empathic/Telepathic abilities.

If a sentient being has a body, it uses body language to communicate. We’ve studied humans enough to know how this works and have learned much about how passive, assertive, and aggressive people carry themselves. So why would animals be any different? Rattlesnakes rattle their tails in warning, rabbits thump their feet, male birds use mis-direction to protect the nest, dogs wag their tails, cats arch their backs… By observing an animal’s body language and physical behaviour, one can often times guess what an animal wants. My dog gives me a look when it’s past her/our bedtime, and if I don’t catch ‘the look’ she’ll start to pace back and forth along the hall waiting for me to clue in that she is tired and wants to go to bed. I can hear someone thinking, “But that’s just imprinting human behaviours on animals.” No, it isn’t. Animals are intelligent and are capable of the same thought processes as humans. Full stop. They experience joy, happiness, fear, anger, sorrow. They smile (yes, they do – my dog does it all the time), cringe, shiver, dance, hunch. They express themselves, physically, in many ways.

Many humans refer to their family pets as fur-babies, and when it comes to verbal communication that idea isn’t far off. Those that have experienced the joys of caring for babies might start nodding their heads as they read this… When caring for infants, humans become conditioned to know what each cry means: I’m hungry, I’m tired, I’m gassy, Hold Me, I’ve soiled my diaper… You get the idea. Each verbal cue is different, but they mean something to that particular baby and that’s how that particular baby expresses their thoughts, wants, and needs. Animals are very similar, in that sense. They have a thought, which they express verbally – why wouldn’t the corresponding verbal cue(s) be the same each time they express that particular thought? We say “I’m hungry”, and while there are other words that can be used (starving, famished, peckish, I could murder a plate of eggs) they all express the same idea – I require food. The Energy behind the thought is the same each time, so verbal cues could sound similar in tone. Over time humans can become conditioned to recognize the tone behind their pets’ verbal cues and correctly translate their needs based on past behavioural responses and experiences.

I have had conversations with cats, dogs, horses, a bearded dragon, even birds (including a falcon). Much like humans, each animal is different in personality. One dog reminded me of a stodgy English professor, complete with patches on the elbows of his blazer – and when I expressed that image to his human, she laughed and nodded. She had had a similar thought. Not all cats are domineering, some are quite affectionate and just want to be loved (as opposed to worshiped, as most cats believe they should be…). As I mentioned in my previous blog (Single White Female – Or the Dangers of  Being an Empath) Empathic abilities are like a low-level form of Telepathy. Sometimes an image will pop into my head. Sometimes I’ll feel an emotion or physical pain as though it were my own. Often times when I’m communicating with an animal, I’ll ‘hear’ actual words/phrases. These are all pushed into my head, sort of like using earphones without the benefit of the actual earphones – meaning I don’t hear the words with my ears. I can respond along the same bandwidth, but sometimes I will maintain a one-sided verbal communication when I’m in the same room as the animal, as a 2-way Telepathic link can be more draining Energy wise. There are benefits to this Telepathic link, in that one can share much more with thoughts and feelings than one can with words. The spoken language is so limiting. There’s a reason the Japanese have a multitude of words to say “Thank you” or “I’m sorry”.

Many of the animals I’ve had the pleasure of communicating with have had similar reactions when they realize we can ‘hear’ one another – that of surprise, followed closely by curiosity. Dogs will usually perk their ears up, and/or cock their head to one side. I’ve even seen some stop in their tracks and stare at me, forcing the humans to stop walking once the leash is taught and they realize the dog is no longer at their side. Cats seem to take it more in stride, as though not only had they been expecting me but I was, in point of fact, late. The falcon I mentioned earlier also cocked his head from side to side and stared in a most penetrating way. Domestic animals are more used to human Energy, feral animals not quite so much – even ones that have been rescued and are being cared for by wildlife centres.

How does one start communicating with animals? By being open to the idea, first and foremost. In truth, humans that are close to animals already ‘talk’ to them – long conversations about how their day went, whether or not it’s time for supper/bed, if there’s anything interesting going on outside (as seen through the window)… They just don’t expect the animals to respond. And by not expecting a response, one doesn’t know when one gets a response. Start by mindfully talking to your furry, and ‘listen’ with your heart – for that is what makes Animal Communication possible… love.

The Bruja Roja
(originally published June 22, 2015)