How do you communicate with your animal companion? Is it through verbal commands? Or hand gestures? Maybe you use different whistling techniques? Better yet, how does your animal communicate with you?
I recently received the news that one of my family’s pets that I was very close to had passed away. At the end of the phone call, I hung up and began to cry in my kitchen. I remember that deep sense of loneliness. Right at that moment, my little cat, came up to me and began nudging her head against my leg. I remember picking her up and holding her so tightly. I was crying into the fur along her belly. My cat, like most kitties, rarely likes to be held for a prolonged period of time. Yet, this time, she stayed with me. She comforted me and allowed me to share my emotions with her. This led me to wondering how exactly my cat knew that she needed to comfort me. It was as though she was reading my mind, but animal telepathy is made up, right? That’s what I thought, but I was wrong.
Human beings have cohabitated on this planet for a very long time with nearly an infinite number of animal species. For the longest time science told us that human beings were the only creatures to have reached sentience. Of course, that seemed to fly in the face of the everyday experience for any animal owner. Still, the accepted story was that animals had lower intelligence and didn’t possess any form of heightened consciousness. This myth came to an end about five years ago, when scientific study after scientific study found that animals had a great range of sentience. Dolphins and Orca Whales had complex languages, cows had best friends, and Sea Horses fell in love. With each of these findings, human beings found ourselves less alone in the universe. Yet, what did this mean for our household fur babies?
One of the greatest studies into the telepathy of household animals came from Rupert Sheldrake in 2000. Fifteen years before the great sentience boom, Rupert and his friend Aimee Morgana ran an experiment to test Aimee’s telepathic connection with her parrot Nkisi. In this experiment, Aimee sat in a separate room fifty feet away from Nkisi and looked at random photographs. Nkisi was able to reliably guess what image Aimee was holding in her hands. It’s one of the greatest examples of the bond between animal and pet owner. I highly suggest watching the ten-minute video.
While this video is specifically about a parrot, I’m sure all of you reading this article have experienced very similar situations. Moments where your cat or dog reacts in a way that is too specific for them not to have an idea of what is going on. What’s so great is that the science is starting to back up what we’ve all known all along. Our connection with our animals runs much deeper than animal and owner. It is a bond between two individuals. Which brings me to my final example of animal telepathy.
This example isn’t of one person or one animal, but of a connection that has existed for thousands of years. There’s a real concrete reason dogs are man’s best friend. It’s because we have both evolved alongside each other since the dawn of human civilization. We weren’t alone sitting by the fire trying to survive the night. Our dog companions were right by our side the whole way. Have you ever wondered why your dog makes eye contact with you when they’re using the restroom? A lot of owners think that they are looking for your approval. In reality, it’s been found that dogs are making sure that you’re watching their back while they are in a vulnerable position. This instinct originated when predators truly could be behind any tree. When danger was a daily reality for the most dynamic duo of all time.
Cats and dogs have been telepathically communicating since the very beginning. Through this telepathy human beings have been able to build civilizations and thrive. In fact, this telepathy doesn’t just stop with household pets. All animals are speaking to one another all the time. Whether it’s through verbal language, physical gestures, or telepathy, the world is abuzz with communication.