Have you ever wished you could talk to your pet and understand what they are thinking and feeling? Many of us are in tune with our pets and know when things don’t seem right. Pets are living longer and longer with all of the advances in medical care available – but have you every wondered if your pet is happy with all of the extra care? The subject recently came up when I was speaking with Animal Communicator, Linda Roberts, of Whispers of Love. Linda communicates with animals energetically, including those who are still with us and those who have passed. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about the whole idea, so I asked Linda if she could do a reading for me and one of my cats so that I could understand the process firsthand. She agreed. 

My call with Linda

Linda and I got on the phone and I simply told her that I have a cat that has been ill and wanted to understand how he was feeling. I don’t blog or write about my own cats unless there’s a situation that I think The Catnip Times’ community can learn and benefit from. With that said, I have never written about the cat that Linda and I spoke about (Romeo) so I’m confident that she wasn’t able to read anything ahead of time to understand what was going on with him.  

Romeo 

My cat Romeo is going to be 16 later this spring. I adopted him from a rescue when he was a 10-month old feral cat/kitten. Being feral, I’m not sure what his breed is, but he does have physical and temperamental characteristics of cats like Ragdolls, Birmans and Himalayans. He is very docile, loyal and affectionate. He also is very handsome with lilac-point coloring. Sadly, in the last two years, his health has been slowing deteriorating. 

Romeo’s Health

Starting in November 2016, he was diagnosed with irritable bowl disease (IBD) and was hospitalized for four days and had to be put on a feeding tube until he was stabilized. Ongoing treatment of IBD involves tuna-flavored prednisone once per day. Then in 2018, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and has been treated with subcutaneous fluids twice a week. About two weeks ago, he began limping suddenly. I immediately took him to our vet the same day for an exam and x-rays. It turns out he had torn a ligament in his knee. Because he’s old and has IBD and CKD, the vet advised against any surgery, citing it would be more dangerous for him, so we manage his pain with gabapentin several times a day and we keep him from straining his leg by helping him up the stairs, etc. until his body builds enough scar tissue to help stabilize his knee. 

Insights from Linda

Now that you know the history on Romeo – here’s what Linda was able to pick up on. Remember, I did not share any of this with her – just that he had been sick and that I was wondering how he was feeling now. 

What he looks like (without seeing a picture)

Linda first keyed in on the type of cat he is. She said she thought he was Himalayan. In truth, I don’t know what he is, but he certainly does have many traits similar to a Himalayan cat. His coloring is similar and his temperament is very sweet and docile. 

His digestive issues

She noted that I should keep an eye on his digestion and that he’s feeling sort of “blah” when it comes to digestion. To me, it was interesting that she was picking up on how both the IBD and CKD can make a cat feel nauseous. Keeping Romeo on steroids and sub-q fluids is helping to keep the inflammation low in his body, increasing his hydration and aiding his kidneys to flush out the toxins more readily. 

His connection to me (and mine to him)

While some might say it’s obvious, Linda noted how connected Romeo is to me. I’ve had many cats and loved all of them. Many of you will know, however, that some cats are just different. Romeo is the kind of cat that stares at me with hearts in his eyes (and I do the same back to him). He follows me everywhere and “speaks” to me when he meows. We seem to have an understanding that is deeper and more connected that I am with my other cats. Linda also noted a sort of “rivalry” between Romeo and my husband – which is true! Romeo gets very jealous whenever my husband is near me and will jump up and lay on my lap or chest when he is around, as if to say, “Remember who your true love is…” My husband used to be slightly annoyed by this behavior, but he now realizes Romeo was being protective of me (which he likes). 

Linda’s advice to me

Linda provided a great deal of advice and insights that I will discuss with my vet including the following:
  • Weaning Romeo off of steroids because they deteriorate muscle. Romeo’s leg issue may be partly due to being on steroids for two years. 
  • Focus on Romeo’s gut health, naturally. She offered that potentially getting Romeo on digestive enzymes and probiotics could help his digestion naturally, rather than giving him a steroid. 
  • Focusing on a consistent, steady diet. She noted that Romeo is craving chicken. Because he has CKD, it’s more important that he eats. Rather than forcing him to eat a specialized “kidney” diet (which he hates), we focus on foods he still enjoys and finds palatable. I’ve noticed that he seems more interested in bland foods like chicken and bland fish, like tilapia. 
  • Try glucosamine to help his knee heal. Glucosamine is another natural supplement that we may try to help his knee feel better. 
Finally, Linda noted my own stress and that I could deal with it more productively. Animals pick up on their humans’ emotions – and I think we all know this first-hand. When we’re sick or feeling blue, we all have had pets that will gather around to console us. She noted that it’s important to be mindful of how our own thoughts and feelings and the energy we put forward is absorbed by our pets. 
Overall, I thought all of her suggestions made sense, but as with anything, these are decisions to be made in consult with my veterinarian. It’s never a good idea to abruptly stop a medication without consulting your vet, particularly prednisone. I plan to discuss Romeo’s treatment plan with my vet to see if we can very slowly wean him off prednisone while keeping his quality of life very high. 

What does Linda say to skeptics?

Still skeptical? That’s okay. When asked how she addresses those who are skeptical, she said “I invite people to trust and open their hearts.” She noted her own skepticism before learning she could communicate with animals, starting with her horse and noted that she demanded proof from other animal communicators she spoke to. Linda also said “We all have this ability and are connected to every living thing on this planet. I communicate with all living things.”

So what do you think?

Do you believe people can communicate with animals and other energies? Tell us what you think in the comments! 

About Linda

Linda Roberts is a life-long animal lover. She grew up with cats and a horse. As an adult she continues to take care of cats, dogs, leopard geckos, and fish in her home. She also cares for her beloved horse, Howie, who helped her become more aware of her communication abilities. It was his illness, which led her to seek alternative treatments of Reiki, essential oils, and animal communication. Her love for him allowed her to develop her abilities to communicate with all animals. It is a heart to heart connection that allows her to communicate. In addition to all of the animals in her care, Linda also has two children in college on the West Coast. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology/Psychology from SIU and a Masters of Arts in Human Resources from Loyola University. Linda resides in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

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