A Pet Psychic
For A Psycho Cat

There's no shortage of opportunities to anthropomorphize your pet in Los Angeles. Doggy bakeries, daycares, clothing boutiques and pet spas have sprouted up on every corner to tempt doting pet owners to part with their disposable income. I used to laugh at this excessive pet pampering until I sheepishly disposed of some of my own income to consult a psychic for pets about a psycho cat.

Cat psychicHow did it come to this? I swear I'm not the mythical crazy cat lady -- you know, that 300 pound new age spinster surrounded by dozens of feral cats in feline squalor. I'm happily married with a four-year-old son and I live a terrifyingly typical suburban existence. I do happen to have three cats, but they don't wear jeweled collars, cat leashes or visit pet spas. I make the effort not to blur the boundaries between the bipeds and the quadrupeds in our household.

If the behavior of our children is the ultimate litmus test for our parenting prowess, then I'm proud to say that my son is well-socialized, happy and healthy. But judging by the appalling behavior of my youngest cat Dickens, apparently I'm the feline Mommy Dearest. Despite my best efforts, Dickens grew up to be an insufferably spoiled, insolent, indolent, fat and demanding cat.

Ask any cat lover what they love about cats and they'll cite independence, low-maintenance, graceful, smart, quiet and clean. Dickens has none of these qualities. In fact, he is the Anti-Cat. If Garfield and Odie were to have a love child, it would turn out something like poor Dickens.

He has bizarre OCDs such as repetitive litter scratching, and goes around the house covering up random objects with imaginary cat sand. He also has a strange compulsion to dunk his paw into unattended drinks. After knocking back a few too many drinks laced with hair and gritty cat litter, I've resorted to drinking out of straw cups like a toddler.

But what really affected our lives was his incessant howling. Over the years, we've lost countless hours of sleep over his night time howling. There wasn't a room in the house we could lock him up where we couldn't hear his vocal stylings. In desperation, we set up a pet bed in the garage so we could get some sleep.

Several vets have checked him out thoroughly and haven't found a physical cause. So we tried all sorts of remedies -- from homeopathy, prescription sedatives for anxiety, night lights in case he had issues with the dark, to extra litter pans and nothing worked. If anything, the nightly practice increased his vocal range and volume.

Finally, my newest vet, Dr Lisa Woolf, acknowledged that he seemed "confused" and suggested we try a pet psychic. "You never know," she shrugged, "maybe he's trying to tell you something."

Oh please. Pet psychics? I'm less skeptical about psychic abilities than I am about Dickens having anything remotely resembling a thought to read. After all, this is a cat that routinely gets lost in his own house and meows pathetically for assistance.

But the upside of having such a "special" cat is that he's also the most affectionate cat that ever lived. He faithfully waddles after us like a dog and slobbers all over our faces to gives us kisses. The other cats seem embarrassed for him. I couldn't bear to give him away. Not that anybody else would take a neurotic, asthmatic feline who does kitty karaoke every night.

So I called Jean Connelly, a Sherman Oaks based psychic who came highly recommended by the owner of my neighborhood holistic pet food store and by my veterinarian.

Don't say "psychic"

First of all, Jean set me straight that the term "pet psychic" was passé and referred to herself as a "Telepathic Animal Communicator." She felt the "psychic" label came with too much sensationalist baggage. "I don't do readings or play parlor games. I have an actual intuitive, interactive conversation with the animal. I talk to them and I listen to them."

I asked her how this interactive conversation was possible and she replied, "The best way for me to explain telepathic communication is to compare it to a radio frequency. It's done on wavelengths. All animals communicate with each other. I just happen to have the ability to hear it too." In addition to verbal communication, she also receives answers from feelings and pictures. I was intrigued despite myself, and set an appointment for her to make a house call for my kitty.

In preparation, I did some research and consulted the Committee for the Scientific Explanations of Claims for the Paranormal (CSICOP), a non-profit educational organization founded in 1976 by scientists, writers and academics such as Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov and James Randi, to encourage the critical investigation of paranormal claims. According to Joe Nickell, Senior Research Fellow for CSICOP, psychics use five common cold reading techniques.

  1. Noting the obvious.
  2. Making safe statements.
  3. Asking questions. This ploy gives the illusion of providing information when in reality, they're asking for it.
  4. Utilizing the "Barnum Effect." Named after showman P.T. Barnum, who provided something for everyone; this involves offering vague statements which most people can apply specifically to themselves.
  5. Returning messages to the animals.

The telepathy begins

Jean arrived at my house bearing bribes, er... gifts for my cats in the form of Greenies dental treats and furry toy mice. She was a grandmotherly woman with short, iron grey hair and the cats clustered around the goodies like it was Christmas morning. She asked me some brief questions about the ages of my cats, how long I've had them and whether they were indoor or outdoor cats. I was very guarded about my replies, in case she was fishing for information...

What did the cats have to "say" to the psychic? Find out on the next page!

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Comments on "A pet psychic for psycho cat: Two kitties and a 'Telepathic Animal Communicator'"

Kealani September 19, 2010 | 1:16 PM

I found a very old card from Jean so just now looked her up on the internet so I could call her. I acutally gasped when I read from you, Minsun Park, that she passed away. I am so sorry. I met her years ago at a pet store and with my sister in the private room, I asked for help with one of my rescue dogs who was afraid to eat and just stood over her food with her tail down. My sister and I was so skeptical that we sat poker faced and gave no expression as Jean talked. She started by asking what brought me and my dog in and I said "nothing was wrong, I was just curious." Honestly, that is all I said. Jean picked up Lily (7lbs) on her lap and Lily kept kissing her. I sat in silence, told Jean absolutely nothing. Then Jean says, "Lily is telling me that she is having a hard time eating." Although I had to hold on to the chair so I would not fall off, my sister and I had no expression because I did not want to lead Jean on. I desperately needed to know if she could really communicate. Bottom line, after about 45 minutes of communicating in silence with my Lily, what she reported to me was 100% accurate. JEAN WAS GIFTED. WHAT A LOSS FOR ALL OF US. Does anyone know of a good animal communicator? My maltese woke up today not eating and appearing sick but I have no idea. Please, if you have had experience with a good animal communicator, would you let me know. Thank you.

Minsun Park April 26, 2010 | 9:02 PM

Thanks for your interest in my article and in Jean Connelly. Unfortunately, Jean Connelly passed away last year.

Bonnie April 17, 2010 | 9:31 AM

I went to Jean many years ago for a reading on my pooch, Diva, that was very accurate. Diva is now ill and I'd like to get in contact with Jean for some insight. Please forward me her contact info. Thanks so much.

Lori March 18, 2010 | 6:56 PM

I also would like the Cat Psychic's contact info

NS September 23, 2009 | 7:26 PM

Hi....Having an serious issue with one of our cats. We are at our witts end and need some guidance. What is Jean Conelly's contact info?

L auren Dion July 28, 2009 | 3:34 PM

I have a very unique problem in my apartment. I have a spirit cat in my apartment. For the last 12 months continuiosly when I am in bed I can feel a cat jump onto my bed. I can feel it pacing back and forth, mnay tymes. I have felt its breathe on my face, felt the damp nose. The last 2 nights I am starting to see this cat the body is starting to be more visable. Last night I was able to see most of the cat, within seconds it faded away, and it is gone but I did see its shadow 1 second after it faded. I adopted a cat 2weeks ago. When I go to bed I will take my cat with me. When I finally get comfy in bed. Within 5 minutes I feel the other cat jump on the bed. My new cat is able to sense it is there, she pounces on hte areas that I am able to feel that cat. So I am justicefied know I know everything is true. Why do you think that I am having this ability to be able to have this sence to feel a invisable cat? Is it good or bad? Am I in trouble? Am I in danger? Or is this a protector? Please help. I am 44 female I am 90% disabled, and in a wheelchair..

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