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When a pet goes missing

I am an animal communicator – I can speak to and understand what animals have to say. 🐒

This is something that a lot of people don’t really understand, and I just wanted to take the opportunity to explain a couple of things that people who wish other people to talk to their pets on their behalf don’t really grasp very well. This is, however, not something that I choose to do commercially myself.

First is to note that like humans, animals have a wide variety of personalities and experience differing moods. 😁😒😔😊🤪

They don’t necessarily WANT to talk. 🤐

Social animals – i.e. those who have their own social structure, may be restricted by their own social norms as to whether they think it is right to talk to a complete stranger. Take Lions for example 🦁

Some animals may… well just not feel talkative. It happens to me often enough that I am not in the mood to talk! What about you?

Second is to note that animals have their own, often very different, perspective on things like their humans, their home, and the actions of humans.

One of our cats asked me why the neighbour obsessively cut her grass every day in the summer, considering it just dumb as the grass would grow back again. He understood my explanation that it was a form of territorial marking activity, but still thought it was dumb. People must often seem so to animals, just as many people also see animals as dumb. ☘️🐈

Third is perhaps more esoteric.

Animals generally speaking are not consciously particularly spiritually minded.

They understand life and death, but in my understanding of what they see and feel, the transition from “in body” to “out body” life is just part of existence, and not something they are particularly bothered about. 💀🐶👻

Don’t get me wrong, animals don’t want to die, but they are curiously indifferent to it as a process, and as they continue to perceive their surroundings when they have done with their bodies, they won’t necessarily respond in a way that we would expect. Asking an animal if it is still in its body is more likely (but not guaranteed) to get a clear answer than to ask if they are dead.

So, when animal communicators “speak” to animals it is an experience akin to communicating with an entirely alien species, 👽the logic, language, society and perceptions of which are completely different to our own.

Animals have wills of their own; they can be conditioned to be restricted to human social norms to a certain extent, but underneath is always that alien mind.

One of the most common requests people have of an animal communicator is to locate a lost or missing pet, more often than not a cat.

This is something which all of us pet-owners dread, the free-roaming littlest member of our family has disappeared, and we have no idea where they are, why they have gone, or if they are OK.

As a long-time cat owner myself, I fully understand how traumatic this can be.

Night after night we go out, 🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ walking the territory we believe they operate in, calling desperately in the hope that we hear that instantly recognisable sound of our cat. Often in vain. And a lot of the time, a few days later, our wonderful and amazing little furperson is then in the house, apparently utterly indifferent to the sadness, pain and stress we have been through.

For an animal communicator this is really hard.

We empathise with the owner, we want to help, and when we reach out to missing pets it is usually the case that we do get something back.

However it is not necessarily helpful for the owner, who really wants to know

(a) where their pet is, and

(b) if they are OK.

Cats are notoriously unreliable to communicate with.

If they are distracted (hunting, 🐈🐁for example) as predators they are so focussed they often don’t hear, or choose not to respond.

If they are hurt, they are often very stoic and don’t mention it or want to talk about it – especially if they feel silly for the way they have been hurt. Cats have a great sense of personal dignity…

So, returning to that little alien mind, it is important to remember that cats do not have the same perspective on the world that we do.

We can ask the missing pet what they can see – and they will answer with landmarks they use as points of reference, which often we do not notice.

Although visual hunters, smell and hearing are more important for a cat to know where they are. So whilst their description makes perfect sense to them, it is not necessarily one we will recognise or be able to interpret.

They also don’t see very well into the distance, which becomes blurry for them, as does the edges of their vision – again an adaption which works well for them as predators.

We can ask a cat when it is coming home – a question they aren’t usually able to answer – or if they are coming home soon. Often they will say yes to the latter one, but the concept of “soon” is something relative to each species, all of which experience the passage of time differently. Added to which, they may well be on the way home when they get distracted by something interesting and simply forget.

Cats can also roam fairly widely – even those who are stay at homers. Cats, particularly urban ones, generally don’t travel much more than a couple of hundred metres from their homes. Rural hunters can go much further, and studies of farm cats and those who have been let out too soon after moving house have shown they can travel several miles in a night, although this is unusual.

So, if you ask an animal communicator about your missing pet, please bear these facts in mind.

Your pet may not want to talk, may communicate its location and plans using points of reference alien to us, may change its mind on the spot about coming home and so on.

It may even lie or hide the truth. Any animal communicator wants to help owners whose pets are missing ,and will do their best to do so.

We can ask them to come home, but they have free will and may not listen. It doesn’t mean they don’t love you it just means they’re being CAT.

But it isn’t an exact science, and whilst it will reflect what the animal has told us at the time we communicate with them, things may change with the passage of time.

We can tell you what they give us but there’s no guarantee they’ll not change their mind. If they say they’re on their way home they may get distracted. They don’t see time the same way we do, and so for them they don’t feel the panic and the sense of loss when they’re out wandering because they’re SO PRESENT in what they’re doing.

I hope this helps readers to understand a bit better how animal communication works. Do ask me any questions you have and if you feel you want my help please book a reading with me now.