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How to Talk to Animals: Psychic Connections and Telepathy

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How to talk to animals

How to talk to animals

Can Anyone Talk to Animals?

Okay, so I am not Dr. Dolittle; however, I have been blessed with the ability to communicate with animals and have used it since I was a small child. Talking with animals may seem like something from those Hugh Lofting books about that funny physician named Dolittle who can telepathically talk with animals, but anyone can acquire the skill to do so. The key is patience and love.

In this article, I will talk about several points and answer several questions in order to help you get on your way to communicating with other species:

  1. Start with an animal you are familiar with
  2. How to communicate with dogs
  3. How to communicate with cats
  4. Communicating with smaller animals, avians, reptiles, and more
  5. How to help animals in need
  6. Do animals talk back?
  7. Do you have to be a psychic to communicate with animals?

1. Start With an Animal You Are Familiar With

You'll want to practice on a family pet before leaping into anything else. A cat or dog that you are familiar with is the best choice to begin. Cats are a tad more difficult as they tend to pick and choose who they wish to talk to (or listen to). A family dog can be easier as they are pack animals and will be more apt to tune into the leader of their pack—you.

Dogs are generally less difficult than cats to communicate with when first starting out.

Dogs are generally less difficult than cats to communicate with when first starting out.

2. How to Communicate With Dogs

  1. Start by taking your dog into a quiet room. (He or she already knows the tone of your voice, so you are one step ahead of the game.)
  2. Sit down on the floor next to them. Or, if they are allowed on the couch or bed (lucky dog), have them sit next to you.
  3. Pet them in their favorite spot until he or she is settled in, then start talking quietly to them in a loving tone.
  4. Find one short sentence or word and use it over and over. For example, "There you go, sweetie. There you go, sweetie. There you go, sweetie." (Or, if you are a guy and this is way too shishifoofoo for you, try "Okay, buddy. Okay, buddy.") We'll call this your key phrase.
  5. When you have gone over your key phrase about 10 times in a rhythmic way, close your eyes and be silent.
  6. Stop petting your dog and begin to form a picture in your mind of what you want them to know. (Animals like dogs and cats and some of the larger mammals can pick this up fairly quickly.)
  7. If you want to ask him or her to please put their head in your lap, form a picture of them doing just that in your mind, along with a picture of you rubbing their favorite spot afterward.
  8. When the picture is formed and clear (you may have to practice this a bit if you've never done visualization before), then imagine the picture enveloped in a fluffy, white cloud.
  9. Float the cloud picture out of your forehead where your third eye is located and into the dog's head directly between their eyes. Once you have done this, speak the key phrase again one time and then float the cloud picture again into their head.
  10. Keep doing this until he or she either gets up and leaves or puts their head on your lap. Congratulations! You have spoken to your dog.

A Word About Neutered Dogs

If you are working with a particularly territorial non-neutered male, he just might get up and leave. If he does, follow him and do it all over again. Usually, the neutered males and females will want to happily succumb to the visualized and promised favorite rub, so they will lay their heads on your lap.

3. How to Communicate With Cats

Now, let's move on to cats. Leaving the cat-lover vs. dog-lover discussion completely out of this, I'm simply going to say that cats are a smidge more stubborn of an animal. If they feel like receiving your picture-talk, they will. If they don't, they won't and God help you if you are actually trying to tell them to do something they don't want to do!

Tread Lightly With Felines

In order to be successful, we need to tread lightly with the feline bunch. Dogs will listen and tune in simply for love. Cats, not so much. You need to give them a better incentive most of the time. If it is a particularly loving snuggle-cat, then, by all means, put a favorite-spot rub picture into your visualization. If not, try showing them you will give them their favorite munchie treat.

  1. Start again with a key phrase using his or her favorite tone of voice. Use the tone you would use when putting down their full food dish. Try something like, "Honey, boy. Honey, boy," or again, for the non-shishifoofoo types, "Yo, dude. Yo, dude," while scratching his or her chin or ears or favorite spot.
  2. Then, after the fifth time (cats get bored quickly) with the key phrase and spot scratch, stop petting. Start forming the picture.
  3. With cats, a strong but quick picture typically comes across best. Don't ask them to do anything, however. Just send a love picture at first—a visualization of you feeding them. (It works well if you do this right before you are actually planning on feeding them.)

How My Cat Responds

My sweet Cheetah will usually snap his head up and head to his dish right away after I tell him it's coming. If you are saying to yourself right now, "Well, sure, if you do it right before his scheduled feeding time, of course, he's gonna run to his dish," you are absolutely right. That is my point. He will get used to the fact that you are telling him good stuff is coming at the time it comes. Then later, you can float him a picture right out of the blue of something entirely different, and he will understand you.

You can communicate with smaller species, too.

You can communicate with smaller species, too.

4. Communicating With Smaller Animals, Avians, Reptiles, and More

Let's talk turkey - or parrot, or cockatiel, or budgie . . . you get the idea. Here are some general guidelines to follow:

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  • When you are talking to a smaller animal, you need to remember that the animal has a smaller brain. Their reception of pictures is apt to be slower and take longer.
  • If the animal is a pet, again, they should be used to the sound of your voice. You really shouldn't be talking to an animal of this size right away if they are not a pet of yours.
  • Lastly, remember patience. Once you have mastered the family pet chat, the others will follow.

Finding a Favorite Sound

So if the iguana, lizard, bird, etc. that you are working with is your pet, great, get started! Do remember that these animals require a bit more finesse. My iguana loves me to sing "Desperado" to him in a quiet, sweet voice. Go figure! But if the animal doesn't really respond to a key phrase (and a lot of these kinds of species won't), find a sound.

You could use a quiet "ch, ch, ch" or a gentle "shh, shh, shh" sound. I've found that the "ch, ch, ch" works best for reptiles and cold-blooded animals for some reason, and the "shh, shh, shh" works best for our avian friends. Some lizards enjoy human touch and many don't; same with birds, tortoises, turtles, frogs, and so on. If the animal doesn't wish to be touched, just stick to the soft sound. Here's how to get started:

  1. Make the key sound in a rhythmic pattern at first.
  2. When you've gotten them accustomed to the sound, form a non-detailed, quick picture in your head. Visualize the picture clearly, but be sure it is easy and quick. (For example, when I want my cockatiel to fly onto my finger, I picture him on my finger and eating his munchie all in one quick, precise shot. When I want my iguana to climb onto my arm, I picture him on my arm with a strawberry in his mouth.)
  3. For these creatures, forget the fluffy cloud. Just aim the visualization at their head and fire!
  4. Remember: Practice makes perfect.
Chatting with a reptile

Chatting with a reptile

5. How to Help Animals in Need

Once you have worked on your pets for about six months continually, you should be able to branch out. If your pet gets injured or seems down, you can ask what hurts or why it is acting that way. Questions can be formed in the same way; you just need to send a picture of the animal exactly as it is and show each part of its body until the animal gives you a positive sign. It may lick you, it may squirm, it may purr, but if you are paying close attention, the animal can tell you exactly what the problem is.

This learned talent is extremely helpful if you come across an injured animal. Of course, for safety's sake, you need to keep a safe distance if you don't know the animal. However, even at a distance, you can communicate and calm a frightened and injured animal. You can send pictures of the animal feeling better. You can even send straight love. Love requires no visualization and no pictures. Simply sending a calming, gentle feeling of peace can do wonders.

Animals will communicate their needs to us if the channel is opened.

Animals will communicate their needs to us if the channel is opened.

6. Do Animals Talk Back?

Do animals talk back? Yes, they do, and in many ways. Some of the larger mammals catch on quickly and send pictures right back at you. I've had a horse show me that she specifically wanted a green apple. Not a red one, mind you, a green one! Of course, I immediately got one and gave it to her. Once they start communicating that well, you want to keep those lines open.

7. Do You Have to Be Psychic to Communicate With Animals?

I've had people ask me (I do animal healings also), do you have to be psychic to talk to animals? The answer is yes, you do. But no worries, because everyone is psychic to a degree. We all have it in us. The old myth might work here that we only use 10% of our brains at any given time. However, we can improve certain functions of said brains by simple repetition, practice, and study.

Everyone Has Psychic Potential

So it follows that flexing of the "psychic muscle" helps one to develop their psychic abilities. I have not yet met another human being who hasn't had a "feeling" or a "dream" or a "knowing." I have not yet met another human being who hasn't wondered about a coincidence. The gifts are there; we just need to use them. Talking to animals is one gift that will come in handy again and again.

The more you practice, the more you will understand, and the more animals you will be able to communicate with.

Everyone has some level of psychic ability—it just needs to be nurtured.

Everyone has some level of psychic ability—it just needs to be nurtured.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Suzi Rayve (author) from California on February 07, 2016:

Hi Zavier Trigg. Thanks for asking! Here's my question to you. When I say the word COW what do you immediately think of? Not a dog, not a zebra (you just thought of those now too didn't you?), but a cow. You saw it in your mind's eye. My suggestion to you for visualization is to think of one thing, be it a simple circle. Then keep that in your mind as you close your eyes and picture it. You can even draw one on a piece of paper and look at it and then close your eyes and see it. Then branch out to a square, a dog, a cow, a heart, etc. Soon your visualization skills will magnify and you are good to go! ;)

Crystal Hope Reed from Santa Monica, CA on August 01, 2015:

I love the emphasis on encouraging everyone to build their animal communication skills. This is something I always tell my clients--"You could do this too!" What a wonderful world it would be if everybody respected and connected with animals.

Zavier Trigg on May 30, 2015:

Heyllo Ms.Eve I was wondering if you had any visualization tips for a novice. Please and thank you its highly appreciated.

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on March 18, 2015:

You are not crazy peachpurple. Of course she understands you! Animals have so many ways of communicating and so do we!

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on March 18, 2015:

Hi Kackra. I think she sounds fantastic! Please see my hub on Psychic children. It is extremely important for her to know you understand and encourage her gifts. Good for you for being open and there for her!

Kackra on September 07, 2014:

My daughter recently told me she can speak to and understand animals, especially our cat, plants, rocks, and even the moon itself. I can see auras and heal others with universal energy, but sadly I can't understand what animals tell me. Though I pick up people's thoughts occasionally. I started meditation 3 years ago and that's when I learned I could do those things. I am very supportive of my daughter, but no one in our family believes her except me. She is nine years old, and she named our cat Meow Meow because she said she's never heard our cat say meow, she sounds like a sassy lady who calls my daughter Sugar and thinks of her like she is her baby. She's a special and creative child. What do you guys think?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 23, 2014:

i talk to my cat all the time. Yeah i may sound crazy but she understands me

Agnes on March 05, 2014:

Awesome article. I do speak to my dog and to my cat. A lot :-) I feel the more I speak to them, and repeat certain things, the more they learn and understand. Besides, they love it!

trinity on October 26, 2013:

I have been able to communicate in this way to my cat, Baby, since I was 9.

trinity on October 26, 2013:

I have been able to communicate in this way to my cat, Baby, since I was 9.

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on August 11, 2013:

Oh, what a sad story! So sorry for that poor baby. I'm glad you were able to help him pass and be rid of what must have been horrific pain. It is amazing what the right communication can do. Bless you for helping the forgotten. TNR is an important gift to them as is helping them when they are in pain. I myself have 3 ferals, one who is now 16 that I got at 4 weeks old at the studio. They are all beautiful. Thanks so much for your comment and all you do to help the furbabies FlourishAnyway.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 11, 2013:

I've used talking and visualization with feral cats I have helped. There was once an adult cat who had huge tumorous growths on a back leg and front leg. They were raw and looked painful, yet he refused to enter the humane trap I had set for him for weeks. Desperate, one weekend I set the trap and communicated to him that he must be hurting and that it was time, that I was ready to help him when he was ready to accept my help. I visualized him getting in the trap, then amazingly he walked around to the other two cats at the colony and went straight in. I thanked him. The vet recommended euthanasia -- not a surprise. (Typically I just trap/meter/release. Sometimes they do come to me like this poor guy in order to hasten death as painlessly as possible.

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on July 26, 2013:

Thank you Klarawieck! I LOVE that you can hear the plants! That is fantastic! My daughter can also hear them, tho I've only ever been able to see their auric fields. Dogs do match moods don't they? Mine will try and take whatever ailment I have at any given moment, he's such an empath! Thanks for your comment!

klarawieck on July 25, 2013:

This is excellent, Savannah. I'd never tried this with animals, although I do use meditation whenever my dog starts getting stressed to the point of getting sick. She seems to always match my mood or feelings, so I have to be extremely careful when I'm around her.

One thing I discovered this year though, is that I'm able to hear the plants. Beats me how that happens, but I've received proof in more than one occasion. It's something green witches learn to do with time, and it seems to be something that I developed after becoming interested in medicinal herbs.

Congrats on a wonderful article!

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on July 21, 2013:

Thank you Dahoglund! It does take patience for sure.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on July 21, 2013:

I don't know if I would have that patience to do what you recommend. However, I find it interesting that you are able to do it. A most interesting hub. sharing

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on July 16, 2013:

Hi Epigramman, Aren't you sweet! Thank you for the kind words and the link, I appreciate it! Feline selective hearing is indeed how most cats listen! Tell Colin, Little Miss TIffy and Mister Gabriel hello from me, if they'll listen. :)

epigramman on July 14, 2013:

Hello Miss Savannah of most sensational hub articles and world class writing - well I talk to my cats and they never listen unless it's suiting them or it's time to eat - it's called Feline selective hearing and I am sending you warm wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 11:01pm and listening to the Kinks on a hot summer's night here by the lake.

I will post and link your very intriguing article here to my FB page for all to see and read and I can tell that you are an animal lover because your writing here makes a lot of sense when there is a love and understanding between mankind and animals - amen!

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on July 14, 2013:

Fantastic Aviannovice! Buddy sounds like a Heron I once knew! I do LOVE all animals and I must admit, sometimes the company of animals is far far better to me than the company of people.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on July 14, 2013:

I am the wild animal person, mostly birds, but many others work with me. I found that I had the gift when I volunteered at Tri-State Bird Rescue, most notably during the Athos I oil spill of '04. I would greet the animals as I walked past, and they would call to me. I also communicated with the deer that lived in the area. I communed with nature as a child, but thought that everyone else did, too. NOW, I take pictures of birds. Some like it, some don't. I have a Great Blue Heron that I call "Buddy," who insists on having his picture taken. If I don't do it, he follows me until I do. Most people like me like animals better than people. You, too?

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on July 14, 2013:

Hi Kittydog, sorry so late here! Wild animals will be a bit more shy of your attentions. They are easier to contact with small bursts of love from you to them. Then if they don't run away when they see you, gently begin. Bella Izy, good for you! I'm so glad you can do that with your friend! You are a true talent!

Shelby, Let us know how it goes with your St Bernard.

Shelby on January 27, 2013:

I'm about to try it I'm only 11 but it should work i have a st. bernard he's weighs A LOT i also have a smaller dog and a cat i will try the cat last Thank you for typing this page up it was really helpful!

bella izy on July 22, 2012:

i can already communicate with my animals and im only 10 i can also talk with wild animals me and my friend alexia and i ask them for song lyrics because we are singer/songwrighter/dancers! :)

kittydog on June 26, 2012:

do you need to practice on wild animals, or do they already know?

KitKatNinjaKitty on May 20, 2012:

I don't have to send pictures to my animals I send words my cats actually listen better than my dogs they only listen better because both my cats are rescues and feel they owe me they're lives I also had to prove myself to them any baby animal ive come across will listen and do anything you want they're like children animals that come from bad backgrounds tend to block you you have to reach deep in they're mind sometimes once you talk to an animal for a while and have to gi e them up they get depressed animals like being able tontalk to humans makes life easier for them this is all ive learner from being able to do it for years if you wanna learn kore let me know

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on May 07, 2012:

Oh my. So sorry about that. You can also see my web page

I know that one works! There is an ebook there that tells you about visualization. It is more of a psychic protection site tho. You can also email me at and I'll try and help you out more.

Eddy on May 07, 2012:

Haha, I'm really no good at this visual thing. And I tried going to your facebook but the link doesn't work sadly. So I'll hope that you'll respond here. This visualization is very hard? Can you give any information on how to visualize this? Does it have to be a still picture? I can't seem to imagine pictures in my head lol. It usually comes out as more of a thought instead of a picture. But the thoughts use words... any advice on practicing visualization?

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on April 28, 2012:

Hi Emma, I'm so glad it worked for your kitten. The babies so love to chat!

Frespo, from what I've found, they can only understand the ones that make sense to them. For example, as they have no reference to what an arrow or question mark means to us, they won't get it. As for telling what they are saying with your eyes closed, this takes practice. Just close your eyes and it should come to you. However if you are trying too hard, your brain may get in the way! Regular meditation can help. For more information, please contact me on Facebook:!/pages/Suzi-Rayve/179208588834615

emma on April 28, 2012:

i tried this on my kitten worked awsomely

frespo on June 02, 2011:

also how complex can I make the image? can they understand arrows and question marks?

frespo on June 02, 2011:

omg I have questions. I just tried this with my dog and it was all sassy and then it did what I said for about 3 seconds O_O, how do you get the picture they are sending to you other then reading their body language. I want to be able to tell what they are saying with my eyes closed just like you ( as far as I know).uum I don't know what the url thing is for but I think its for websites and not email adresses. but anyways I'd apreciate the reply to this question.

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on August 20, 2010:

Thanks so much Tatjana-Mihaela. Now I just have to figure out how to tell my 17 year old Shephard it's okay to leave us and move on to the green fields over the Rainbow bridge. That's not a picture I want to send him! I hate this part.

Thanks for your thumbs up.

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on August 19, 2010:

Yes, this is it. I use the same technique with my cats and it is working, always, as well as with the other animals. Animals are great telepaths and see the pictures people create in mind. I was planning to write the Hub about it, but did not have time yet.

Thumbs up, so glad to find you here.

rmcrayne from San Antonio Texas on August 14, 2010:

I think it's easy to dismiss this and say it's not possible. Or maybe it's just hard to persist for months without clear results. Yet I've had a dog that I could read her body language quite well. I could see having gone the next step with her.

Suzi Rayve (author) from California on June 01, 2008:

Julie and Solarshingles,

Thank you for your kind words. I am working on a hub for speaking with wild animals. A bit more tricky, but if done with love, extremely moving.

Thanks again. It is helpful to get feedback. SavannahEve

Julie A. Johnson from Duluth, MN on June 01, 2008:


I've always believed in strong connections between people and animals. What an interesting hub. Thanks.


solarshingles from london on June 01, 2008:

Dear SavannahEve, this is a truly wonderful hub! It is about so real and ever present interaction between a human and an animal. Who is going to obey...who is going to to much do we really understand each all only an instinct, and so much more. Thank you!

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