What does your pet really think of you? You might be surprised…

Why not try asking them, though you’ll probably need the help of an animal communicator, says Jacqueline Steele… You might be surprised by what they say.

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When Katy Sainty came home from work one day and asked her husband why he’d allowed their dogs to have cheesecake for lunch, he stood there open-mouthed in astonishment.

There was no way his wife could have guessed that he’d allowed their pets to lick the bowl after a neighbour had given him a dessert while she was at work. After all, the cake was gone by the time she was home, and feeding sweet treats to the animals wasn’t something they routinely did.

It was their 17-year-old terrier Cash who was to blame for revealing the secret. She had enjoyed the cake so much that she excitedly ‘told’ Katy – through a form of telepathy – as she stepped through the door.

‘I could see the cogs turning in my husband’s head,’ says the 39-year-old research nurse from Wiltshire. ‘He’s an equine vet and has always been very sceptical of my animal communication skills – as many people are. Although he still thinks I’m nuts, this occurrence did make him wonder if there’s something in it.’

Katy, who was part of the team who organised the trial stage of developing the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, began studying animal communication six years ago. ‘I have always been fairly intuitive with animals and felt that I understood how they were feeling,’ she says. ‘I watched a video of animal communicator Anna Breytenbach, who’s based in South Africa, in which she transforms a very sad leopard into a relaxed cat. It sparked such an interest in me that I signed up for a workshop.’

Katy trained under the renowned communicator Nancy Windheart, who is based in New Mexico, but there are dozens of books available on the subject – including Penelope Smith’s Animal Talk, which is considered by many to be the Bible of animal communication – as well as accredited courses where you can learn the skill and gain a professional practitioner certificate. Trainees’ work is verified by an expert, who will also communicate with the animal in order to confirm the messages have been correct.

Katy Sainty
Katy with a bird she rescued and released after finding him abandoned

‘Communicators’ use their gift to translate messages from animals to their owners. The method adopted by most communicators involves going into a meditative state and having a conversation – this can be done face-to-face with an animal or by using a photograph. Katy explains animals share words as well as pictures, which she then ‘translates’ for her human clients.

Katy stresses that she is not a ‘psychic’, although some communicators do describe themselves in this way. She says it’s like tuning into a radio station: ‘You just have to find the right frequency,’ she explains, adding that we are all born with the ability to communicate with animals but most of us don’t nurture the skill and so we lose it.

There is no centralised animal communication body in the UK, or indeed the world, so estimating the number operating professionally is hard. But a quick Google search reveals pages upon pages of people offering these services to pet owners who are seeking to find lost animals, fix behavioural problems or even communicate with pets who have passed away.

‘Lost-pet psychic’ Becky Willoughby, 52, has an impressive track record in reuniting animals with their owners, wherever they may be in the world. She charges £314 for the lost pet service and £85 for a pet consultation via video chat. From her home in Devon, she recently used her skill to find a dog missing in the outback of Australia with nothing more than a photo to go on.

Becky Willoughby
‘Lost-pet psychic’ Becky Willoughby meeting Cleo, a nervous three-year-old cat.

On another occasion she was able to give an exact street name and location, including a description of the house, to find a rescue cat who went astray and was about to give birth in Australia. She was also able to find a pet skunk that was lost in Poland, telling the owner how many miles away the animal was, the road name, and describing a garden with a child’s playhouse under which the skunk had been living.

‘Pet psychics receive information by extra-sensory perception,’ says Becky. ‘Everything has a vibration or an energetic field, which gets sent out into the universe. I imagine the universe to be like a bowl of spaghetti with lots of pets’ energies all intermingled with our own. That energy has a vibration and my job is to link into that to telepathically find lost and stolen pets. I can also use it to find out how a pet is feeling.’

Becky says she can’t remember a time without her talents. As a child, she was able to read her father telepathically when playing cards and developed a special bond with her family dogs.

‘My mother and father’s relationship was difficult,’ she explains. ‘The animals were my comfort. They taught me a lot and I learned how to communicate with them. Sometime I would sit with them in the kennel for hours… sometimes I would cry. The love they gave me and the behaviour towards me was different to anyone else in the family. I could also feel their sadness. Looking back now, I can see that the dogs were sad because they didn’t like to see me upset. I could read their eyes and know what they were saying.’

Some of Katy’s clients ask for her help in explaining their pets’ difficult or unusual behaviour. ‘I feel very strongly that I am a voice for the animals,’ says Katy, who charges between £75 and £100 for a consultation. ‘If I mess it up and they’re not heard as they want to be, that’s a big weight on my shoulders. You can’t pull your punches. If the animal says, “I hate the guy I live with, the food is rubbish and I want out of here,” I’ve got to communicate that.’

Rebecca Fossett, the owner of Joseph’s Amazing Camels in Warwickshire, sought out a communicator when one of her Russian bactrian camels, Berty, wasn’t himself. ‘Berty had been off-colour and losing weight for a year,’ says Rebecca. ‘We put it down to his brother going to Norway.’ Via the communicator, Berty was able to express that he felt like he’d been replaced as he hadn’t been to any events in over a year. ‘We discovered he felt sidelined because he was no longer going to shows. He thought other camels were doing his job. Berty didn’t know about Covid and lockdown – why would he?’

Berty the camel
Camel Berty was sad because he missed his old life of appearing at shows

Some owners get in touch with a communicator when a beloved animal has died. Aimee Wallis, the founder and manager of the Corvid Dawn wild bird rescue centre in West Berkshire, reached out to Katy recently after one of her favourite crows, Bocelli, died when she wasn’t with him.

From a photograph, Katy was able to connect with Bocelli’s soul, sensed that he had been blind and described him as ‘an ambassador’. Bocelli reassured Aimee that she had nothing to feel guilty about and that he loved her and had enjoyed a wonderful life.

Aimee says: ‘Bocelli and I had a really incredible bond. He slept on my bedside table and came everywhere with me. Katy said during the communication that he liked parties. And he did. When it was one of my nieces’ or nephews’ birthday parties he would come along and be really sociable. And I always introduced him as the “ambassador for crows”.

‘For Katy to come out with something like that… I mean, there was no way she could have known. It blew my mind. I felt emotional and as though he was right there with me. If anyone wants to know their animal, really, truly and deeply, you should have this experience.

‘To people who are cynical, I would say I have witnessed it myself and it is the missing link. I am a realist and try to keep my feet on the ground but, working with animals, there have been moments when I have thought there was something else. I now know they communicate, just in a different way.’

‘Your cat thinks you work too much’

YOU columnist Elizabeth Day jumped at the chance to have her beloved Huxley assessed by Katy Sainty.

Elizabeth Day
Elizabeth with Huxley

I’m obsessed with my cat Huxley. I’m always gazing at him and wondering, ‘What are you thinking?’ or, ‘Can you possibly love me as much as I love you?’ So when I was told about Katy Sainty, I was thrilled. Katy didn’t need to see Huxley in person (in cat?). Nor did she meet me. All she asked for was a photograph, so I made sure I captured his best angles and full splendour.

The online consultation is audio-only so Katy can tune into Huxley’s energy without distraction. I like Katy immediately. She is warm and sensible. ‘He’s a very strong character, very chatty.’ This is true. After we got Huxley, we realised we’d never be able to close the bedroom door or he’d yowl all night and he’ll miaow often to see where I am. ‘I’m seeing a floor,’ Katy says. ‘Does he come into the bathroom with you?’ ‘Er, yes,’ I reply. Huxley resolutely refuses to allow me to have a bath or go to the toilet without being present. If I lock the door, he’ll stick his paws underneath.

Katy tells me Huxley feels respected, understood and loved, which is a relief. ‘He’s got a little list,’ she continues. ‘He’s super organised.’ Top of that list was ‘sardines’. ‘Do you feed him sardines?’ ‘No,’ I say. ‘Huxley only likes tuna.’ ‘He’d like some sardines.’ So it goes on.

Everything Katy says is accurate. Of course, if I were a sceptic I could point out that there is no way of verifying what Huxley was saying because… well, he’s a cat. But Katy did speak in specifics too. She said that Huxley thinks my husband worked too much. ‘He’s saying to me: “Elizabeth and I work hard but this guy’s a whole other level. He’s a workaholic.”’ This is bang on. After our session, I go to buy Huxley some sardines. He gobbles them up.

For more information see katysainty.co.uk and beckywilloughby.co.uk.