I discovered an unexpected downside to doing intuitive animal communication sessions!

It started with cats!

I was working with two cats – the younger one, let’s call her Naomi, was two years old. She kept attacking the older cat, who I’ll call Orvis. Tail twitching, back legs primed to jump in an all-out sneak attack, her eyes and ears focused like radar on Orvis. Then Naomi pounced! She landed on his back and held on like a rodeo rider, scaring the dickens out of Orvis! He scampered around, trying to shake her off.

But Naomi wasn’t a mean cat; she just wanted to practice her “killer kitty” skills that SHE thought was playful. If there had been another young cat in the family, they could have taken turns “attacking” and chasing each other. But Orvis’ idea of a good day was stretching out in a sunny spot and getting attention from his person.

Asking for changes in behavior

In our animal communication session, I asked Naomi to stop “riding” Orvis. I also suggested to Orvis that he might have fun playing chase with Naomi.

I heard later that the issue had resolved.

My cat changes her behavior

Shadow Decker 2Interestingly, I had been having issues with my eight-month old kitty, Shadow. She was attacking my eight-YEAR old cat, Mac. Shadow would ambush Mac and swat him hard, but without claws. Mac would come out with a pitiful wail, clearly wanting her to stop.

After my session with Naomi and Orvis, I caught my little vixen Shadow trying to ride Mac like Naomi rode Orvis. She had never done this before. Holy cow, she had eavesdropped on my session!

Setting Shadow straight

I connected to her and explained she missed the point – she focused on how much fun it might be to jump Mac. We asked Naomi to STOP jumping Orvis, I explained. And we didn’t want Shadow jumping Mac. Shadow stopped after a few more tries.

I’m learning

Last week, I worked with another young cat who was attacking the older cat in the family. Having learned my lesson about eavesdropping, you better believe I checked in with Shadow to remind her that we were looking for LESS attacking and more gentle, loving play. No more thinking they weren’t tuning in to what I was doing!

So is Shadow

Shadow has started walking up to Mac and gently touching him with her paw to see if he will play. Mac still protests but doesn’t run away. We’re seeing real progress.

We need to talk to my animal!