I got my cat Muffin (in picture) as a rescue. She had been a feral cat so had trust issues initially. It took a while to get her to the place where she was comfortable with being approached but from day one, she was very very interested in everything and especially in me as the only human around. She would stare at me relentlessly, from a safe distance. I would lock eyes with her and talk to her but then, I realized, that is me sending to her, and she is trying to send to me, so I need to be quiet and see what she is sending.
That was the beginning of a very humbling connection with this big spirit in a small body. When she looks at me for long long periods of time, I feel like something is stirring me on my insides. I don't get messages from her, I get awareness. She opens me to (best I can tell) what it is like to be in her world. What I feel coming from her is unique to being looked at by her. Best I can describe it, it is like being in the center of a creature who finds the experience of life in a body to be utterly fascinating and who wants to learn as much as she can by closely observing anything and everything. I can always tell when our connection has clicked in properly. At that precise point, she gives me the slow blink acknowledging I am on board.
What does she make of me? I think I am very ok in her book. I know she sees the truth of me. She has moved past most of her skittishness and revels in body rubs, especially on her tummy, the vulnerable area. There is nothing sweeter than hard won trust.
Every cat, dog, horse, duck, fish, turtle, parakeet I have ever had has offered me a very special highway of communication that is unique to our particular relationship. To each ot these, I say a profound thank you. One thing is for sure, to get the teachings, we humans must come down off our pedestal of thinking we "know" what is going on within the animal. We don't "know" didley!