Phillip Mlynar likes to
consider himself the world’s
foremost expert on rapper’s
cats. When not chronicling
the antics of his rescue,
Mimosa, for Catster.com,
his musings on music can be found at Red
Bull Music Academy, the Village Voice and
NYLON. He’s won a number of awards at
the Cat Writers’ Association Communication
Contests, some of which are proudly on display at his local dive bar.
involves sending the communicator
a picture of the feline before the
session, which often takes place via
phone or internet video. “It’s the
physical body that dies with animals
and people,” Sonya explains. “I can
still see the world as the animal sees
it.” (Sonya says there is no difference
in sensation when speaking with
living versus deceased cats.) Most
times, Sue adds, “Someone simply
wants to know how their cat is doing.
Everyone wants to know if their animal is happy.”
HOW TO BOOK IT
The animaltalk.net website
contains a registry of communicators and lets you search by area. It
also tells you whether the communicator does in-person or phone
sessions and whether they deal
with cats who have passed away.
✔ Get prepared. Send over a
picture ahead of time, and
think about questions you’d
like to ask.
✔ Keep an open mind and stay
✔ Be patient. The communicator
will often pause while talking
to your cat.
✔ Be aware of your time, and
don’t let the session run out
before you’ve asked the big
✔ Write down key information
you’re told during the session,
much like you’d do when
talking to a vet on the phone.