It’s Not You, It’s Me – or, Some Animals Just Want to be Left Alone

I’ve always been an animal lover, and along with that came a certain amount of do-gooder mentality. Before I accepted my animal communication abilities, I felt compelled to pick up every stray I saw and help them get back home. Or, failing that, find a new home for them.

Back in those days, my opinion was that every dog or cat needs a home – with people – to belong to. But once I learned to connect in and ask whether an animal needed or wanted my help, I realized that not all strays want a home with humans. And not all animals who are out roaming are lost or homeless.

When I’m tempted to pull the car over and get the slip-leash out of the glove box, I ask: “Are you lost? Do you need help?” If they say “Nope, just out ramblin’ around,” I still worry for their safety, but I let them be.

That dog trotting down the street may be on his way home. That cat may be part of a feral cat colony. Spay-neuter-release programs for feral cats enable them to live out their lives in colonies with their family and friends. Without vet care, their lives may be shorter than those of our domesticated cats, but most are happy with their wild lives, and many colonies are fed daily by volunteers.

Animal communication lets us know when animals need our assistance. But knowing when our help isn’t helpful can be just as important. And animal communication can do that too.

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