Have you ever looked for an animal communicator? I won a free session with animal communicator Sonya Fitzpatrick (pictured below). I’m highly skeptical of psychics. But I was secretly looking forward to what she would say. Is it all a hoax?

What are animal communicators?

Animal communicators, or “pet psychics,” claim that they can communicate with animals. There isn’t any set standard or certification to be listed as one. Anyone can call themselves an animal communicator.

Some say that they can talk to animals who have died. Others focus solely on animals that are still alive. Some animal communicators say that they don’t even need to be physically close to the animal to communicate. Rather, they claim to use “extrasensory perception” to talk to the animal.

Session with Sonya Fitzpatrick

animal communicator sonya fitzpatrickI plopped myself down on the sofa across from Ms. Fitzpatrick (pictured above) and showed her a picture of Dash. I told her that I wanted to discuss him. She replied, “That’s fine but what I’m hearing is that you have a black cat.” Which stopped me in my tracks.

I do have a black cat, named Mabel. Mabel found me about 2 years ago on the streets of Northern Liberties. How could Ms. Fitzpatrick know about Mabel? She explained that Dash doesn’t like the black cat because she is “bossy.” Mabel is actually the only cat he hasn’t gotten along with . . . and they fight quite a bit. “Lucky guess,” I thought. Or was it?

Sonya discusses Dash

Ms. Fitzpatrick sensed some interesting things:

  1. Dash and I currently live apart. Dash currently lives with my parents because of his separation anxiety. I have written about Dash’s anxiety, so I didn’t give it much credence.
  2. Dash “loves my father” because he gives him tidbits of food. I’ve caught my dad giving Dash food. (which he does, I’ve caught him).
  3. Dash really likes his new food placemat because it had his name and pictures on bones on it. I just received a new placemat with his name on it shaped like a bone. But, she could have read this on the site.
  4. While he loves my parents, he wants me to visit more often.
  5. Dash is often anxious and hates being left alone. I write about Dash’s separation anxiety all of the time. This isn’t news. So, I asked how I could soothe him to make him feel better. “It was just his nature to be anxious,” she said. She “relayed” to Dash that I had to leave to go to work but that I would always return. She reassured me that his anxiety was just part of his personality and that he was very bonded to me. Sonya remarked that Dash was quite “bossy” in his communications. That’s my little guy!

Finally, Sonya asked about “the large tabby cat that had passed on.” I had a large Maine Coon tabby cat named Sophie. I had put Sophie down after she ingested melamine tainted Iams cat food. This is on the website but would require a little digging. So, I don’t give it much credit.

Would I do it again?

All in all, I have mixed feelings about going to an
animal communicator. On one hand, it was sort of fun. Hoax or no hoax, I felt a little reassured about Dash’s issues. Interestingly, when I asked for her card she said she didn’t carry one because her phone would “ring off the hook.” I thought it was odd that she wasn’t grabbing the chance to potentially make money . . . but it made her seem a little more credible. Would I pay for a session with an animal communicator? I doubt it. But it was neat to experience.

Have you ever used an animal communicator? What do you think about it? Scam or the real deal? Scroll all the way down to leave a comment!

(photo via SonyaFitzpatrick.com)


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