a reply to: schuyler
Animals tend to know who cares about them, and who doesn't. Cats, especially, know who is safe and who isn't. And, of course one can talk to cats!!
Ours would be offended if we didn't talk to them. They know a lot of what we say, too.
How they know is the question, of course. "Paranormal"? I'd say, depends on one's definition. Living creatures emit EM fields. Sharks use these as
one means to track their prey, and I believe that other animals, and some people, can sense these to one degree or another as well. Changes in the
fields could occur with changing moods, and attitudes, as well, and if an animal can sense this, then that would mean they'd have a way to know more
about a person.
Then again, sometimes I think there is more to it. A couple of camping trips had me really wondering. One, I was tossing scrap bread crusts to
birds, and every day, more and more birds would arrive; far more than we'd seen in previous days. I joked that they'd sent out messengers, with a
"free food here" message. The other trip, I decided to feed a couple of raccoons that were around. They were really eyeballing the cookies we were
eating, so I shared a couple. Within no time, there were far ore raccoons, and by the last night, we had more than a dozen coming for cookies. And,
yeah, I know, not always a good plan, but I couldn't resist. One would actually come close and carefully pluck a cookie from my hand.
How did more birds and raccoon than were there initially know? I can't explain that. Can't explain why, either, when I visited an aunt, uncle, and
cousin, who had a big dog, and literally never, ever, saw a cat in their yard, cats would show up demanding I pet them. My aunt was seriously half
spooked by that one!
I wonder, in your case, if something about your location makes people more likely to dump there? Perhaps, if that' the case, animals that are left
behind come because you already care for animals, and they somehow know this?
Fun topic, in any case!