A pet psychic, Nikki Vasconez, claims that pets choose the day that they pass, ‘the exact time, the exact way’. In the video below she claims a cat, Smokey, delayed his death to be present for his owner’s 15th wedding anniversary. It is a very bold statement. She says that her psychic communications with pets provide the proof. Of course, it all depends on whether you believe psychic communication is possible. Her claims are entirely dependent on them. This begs the question whether it is scientifically possible to have psychic conversations of any kind between people and between people and pets although science does not provide the answer to everything. If you believe her statement then you believe that pets can do something that humans can’t do (unless they commit suicide) which is predict the exact time and date of their death. I’m not sure that this is a reasonable idea.
Cynics, however, should be respectful an open-minded about psychic communication. One organisation, LifeLeap Institute, claims that many top American institutions, such as Princeton support the claims of psychic communicators through research. They do have many research papers on the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research webpage. A quick skim of one of those papers does not produce conclusive evidence. Here is a video from Princeton.
So, you have to believe that a person can have a psychic conversation with a pet if you want to believe that pets can decide the day they pass. What she has said is bound to catch the eye because the passing of a cat or dog companion is very painful for the human caregiver. What she says helps to deal with the challenges faced by people at those difficult times and she knows it. She is providing a professional counselling service it seems to me. The passing of a beloved cat or dog companion is one the most painful moments that people have to suffer.
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I tend to be cynical about these claims but a lot of people are not and they believe her. I totally respect their points of view. For example, on her Instagram page, from which this video is embedded, there are lots of comments which support what Nikki Vasconez says. For example:
“Oh man. This reminds me of when our kitty died a few years ago, my brother got down to her level and told her it was ok to go and she literally screamed like ive never heard before and took her last breathe!! 💔 Miss her so much. 😢” – Kira Lou
And here is another comment:
“They really do… My girl had been running around, never showed any signs of sickness.. Then one day, she couldn’t walk… Took her to the vet, and they said they’ll run some scans and for me to wait at home (in the middle of Covid). I hugged her, and she rested her head on my shoulder.. She walked to the pen and laid down. I thought I’d see her again… I got a call a few hours later saying the scans showed mass tumors throughout her kidneys and I needed to make the decision to do surgery, or let her pass…. I sat on the staircase and cried. I didn’t know what to do.. she was my baby and I was about to start searching for Vet loans when the phone rang again. The vet said she’d passed… She was laying there, wagging her tail and he turned around, looked back and shed gone… He said that he sees it a lot, that the pet will often choose to go while their owners aren’t there to save them having to see it. But all I think of is the fact I wasn’t there 😔”
In both comments the pet’s owner is interpreting the behaviour of their pet. It’s not factual and it is not scientific. That does not mean that they are incorrect. They might be but we should not call this information fact. It is about belief and faith.
However, despite my scientific bent, I am sensitive to the fact that humans are gradually learning that there is a lot more to animals than we previously thought. Every day science uncovers and reveals new and sometimes astonishing information about the intelligence, emotions and sentience of our animal companions and indeed wild animals.
These findings should encourage humankind to respect animals more and thereby improve animal welfare. Although there is a long way to go. One beneficial spin-off from Nikki Vasconez’s claims based upon her psychic powers is that it might improve the human-to-animal relationship.
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