The gift that animals bring is numerous and more of them are communicating directly through and with your thoughts. When you talk to an animal do it telepathically. Visualization is their preferred method. Then ask them if they are hungry, visualize a bowl of food etc....Excercise your thoughts and theirs by visualizing a ball etc...and seeing if they will tune in and go get the ball. This takes a bit of practice just like socializing with people you will cultivate a relationship that is a deep bond. Many animals will tell you what part of your body needs healing by laying near you or the affected area and gently sniffing. During one New Year I was alone and outside heard a cat that was crying. I never had one before and had no idea what to do with it. Often an animal chooses you and already knows and senses your connection. In the meantime it was the most healing New Year that I ever experienced. This cat taught me to play and trust...and offered itself to love. An essential part to building a broader base with nature and her inhabitants.