Floppycats.com asked Catherine Ferguson, a pet talker, to answer some questions we had about animal communication as well as questions about her services. Thank you, Catherine for the interview.
Catherine Ferguson is based in Jersey City and can be reached through her website: www.cfergusonconsult.com
Answers are Copyright of Catherine Ferguson.
1. How long have you been communicating with animals?
About thirteen years.
2. How does one communicate with animals?
The communication is telepathic. I think my questions or say them out loud. The animal picks up the images that form in my mind as I speak. Meanwhile, I receive mental pictures from the animal. I may feel discomfort in parts of my body corresponding to the animal’s present physical pains and emotions or past hurts that remain lodged in the body. I sometimes “hear” a word or whole sentences.
3. Can you share with us, one of your favorite animal communication stories? How it impacted the owner or the animal or both?
I did two phone consultations for a woman who had recently lost her dog Ginger. During the second consultation, which took place several weeks after the first, Ginger was more rested. A day or so after that consultation, Ginger visited me just before I fell asleep. She was standing on her hind legs, stepping slowly and deliberately from side to side [one step each way] and clicking her front toes in time with the music. The next morning, I e-mailed Ginger’s mom about the visit. I told her Ginger wanted her to know she was recovered enough to dance and feel joy again. My client was delighted. She let me know that she and her husband used to dance with their pet. So the dancing was not just symbolic of joy, Ginger was reminding her humans of the fun they had together. Months later, the couple adopted a puppy of the same breed. Getting another dog had been out of the question when we first spoke. Ginger’s mom also told me that she felt our two sessions had helped her more than the group pet grief therapy sessions she had attended.
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4. Do you prefer to communicate with younger or older animals?
I have no preference. I find that I differentiate between pets according to their personality, rather than their age, or species, or breed.
5. Do you prefer to communicate with a certain type of animal? I mean, do you do better with cats, dogs, horses? Do you even talk to reptiles?
I prefer talking with cats, dogs, birds and horses. In my experience, they are more communicative. That may be based on their close interactions with humans. I did talk with a kimodo dragon. She answered her guardian’s questions, but didn’t offer any other comments. The biggest rise I got out of her was when I asked what sex she was. She was highly insulted that the family did not know, especially since she was quite aware of their genders.
I prefer talking with animals who have a guardian. Since my goal is to improve the animal’s lot, I want to be able to tell the human responsible for the animal what the animals need, prefer, want, etc. While I enjoy observing wild animals, there is no one person who can take action to respond to the animal’s wishes or concerns.
6. How do your services work? Do you come to my home? Do I bring my pet to you? Do you communicate LIVE over the phone or in person?
Most of my consultations are done via the phone. Clients can come to my office as well. Some people prefer written reports. I do make house calls, at a rate based on travel time.
7. What do you charge for your services? Do you have a package deal?
A) I offer a free reading via my column in the Waterfront Journal and Secaucus Journal (Hudson County, NJ). I e-mail the reading the day the column is published.
B) I offer a $25 special to answer one question via e-mail or U.S. mail.
C) I charge $60 for a 30-minute consultation, $90 for a one-hour consultation.
D) I’ve never felt the need to offer a package deal.
E) I appear at events where I do short readings.
8. Why do you think animal communication is valuable?
Pet guardians can gain insight into what is taking place in the pet’s world. For example, I’ve frequently told my clients that their pets want them to spend more time with them and more quality time. “Stop and smell the roses” is a frequent theme.
9. Do you think if a vet would incorporate animal communication into their practice it would be helpful?
I find that vets are pretty aware of how animals are reacting and feeling. They could, however, use animal communication for puzzling cases.
10. Are you able to communicate with an animal in the after life? How does that work?
30-40% of my clients want to contact pets who have passed. It works just as it does with pets who are still on the earth plane. In fact, the pets are more open as they want to put their humans at ease.
Bio for Catherine
I’m located in Jersey City and work in the greater New York City area. I started my professional career as a professor of French language and literature. Since 2002, I’ve been writing a weekly pet psychic column. It is a wonderful forum for me to spread the word about flower essences for pets with emotional difficulties. It also gives me the opportunity to speak out against unsavory human treatment of pets, such as declawing. I offer a basic introductory course in learning to dialogue with our animal friends: Pet Communication 101. A video interview with Newsweek.com, a newsletter and several blogs are posted on my web site: www.cfergusonconsult.com.