Layla with her wise kitty, Merlin.
Hi kitties! We are back with the second part of our interview with Layla of Cat Wisdom 101 talking to us about animal communication. For those of you coming in late, you can start with yesterday's post here. We pick up where we left off:
TTT: Do you need to modify your technique if you are working with a couple animals, say two who hate each other?
LMW: If two animals hate each other, there’s not much I can do to make them like each other. There are countless reasons for incompatibility. What I can help with is to figure out territorial issues, how to make the environment more comfortable and have the pet parent spend more one-on-one time with each pet. All cats who happily co-exist have a pecking order and even a group scent. When cats groom each other, they are exchanging the group scent deepening the bond and creating harmony. But some pets like some humans simply will never get along or be best friends.
TTT: That's not the best news for some of us, but we understand. There are some beans we'd rather not live with either. MOL! Now seriously, how often do you need to communicate?
LMW: It depends on the situation. Sometimes, five minutes gives me the information needed or it can be ongoing. I suggest everyone spend at least a few minutes every day observing each pet individually and tune in and ask how they’re feeling, taking the time to receive the answer. It’s not always right away. You might get nothing and then a few minutes later, see a mental image of a ball going under a piece of furniture that the cat couldn’t retrieve. Follow your hunch. Chances are the ball is lodged under the sofa.
TTT: Have you been talking to Oui Oui? She loves to play and knock things under furniture! But, how soon can you see results?
LMW: From very quickly to never. This is not an exact science.
TTT: What is the best way to handle set backs or "back sliding"?
LMW: After some insights and positive progress, backsliding can occur. This is always subjective. Pets never think they’re doing anything wrong. Only humans decide that behavior they don’t like is wrong. Keep reinforcing what is working and keep communicating. It’s easy to feel frustrated and pass that energy to the pet. They know you’re trying to help. When nothing is working, do nothing. Have nap, a bubble bath, go for walk, meditate, pray and ask for Divine guidance or from your higher self. Nothing stays the same forever.
TTT: It is frustrating! MMM was doing so well, but recently she started more scratching. Things had been so much better! Are there any tips you’d like to share?
LMW: Animal communication is not a substitute for proper veterinary care or diagnostics. If your pet begins speaking to you out loud or tells you to do bad things, you may not need an animal communicator but a psychiatrist (joke).
Keep a journal noting what information was received with the date, circumstances and any corroborating facts. This is useful to track progress and builds confidence in your intuitive abilities. Patience! No one masters playing the piano, yoga, or surfing overnight. Trust the process. Nothing kills success faster than self-doubt. More listening, less talking. Unplug! You can’t multi-task, be on your phone, checking email and tune into your pet. The one language animals and human share is love.
TTT: We love that idea! If someone needs more help, are you available and where can they contact you?
LMW: My schedule is pretty full but everyone is welcome to visit www.catwisdom101.com where there is more info under the Cat Consulting tab.
TTT: Are there any additional resources available?
LMW: There are lots of wonderful books. I can vouch for most on the first page of this list on Amazon. But more importantly by simply doing and practicing with an open heart, it will get easier. There are no rules but guidelines. If you follow your heart and gut, you’ll be fine.
TTT: Thank you, Layla, for an intriguing and useful interview. Thank you for your time and all the effort you put into answering our questions, for educating us and helping our furry loved ones. We appreciate your care and concern for those who can't just tell us in plain words what troubles them, and for helping to make their lives a little easier. We wish you the best in all your future endeavors! Purrs from the bottom of our hearts. And give all your handsome mancats some scratches for us!
We hope this interview helps some of the kitties with issues out there. Please be sure you aren't dealing with a physical ailment first. Purrs and good luck to everyone!