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Talking to cats? The rise of the ‘pet communicator’

  • Permata Adinda

    Cikarang

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Cikarang   /   Thu, March 4 2021   /  01:00 am
Anggie, during a process of communicating with an animal.(Courtesy of Margiastoeti/Margiastoeti collection)

A post on social media sharing the testimonies of pet owners who had used an “animal communicator” recently caught my attention. The self-professed communicator seemed to have accurately described the pets' habits, the owners' activities and personalities and even details about the building they lived in—even though the communicator and the clients never met in person.  It felt suspicious, and I doubted its legitimacy. But, I thought, as a 25-year-old mother of four cats myself, why not give it a try? I reached out to Margiastoeti, who usually goes by Anggie and operates on Instagram as @dr_anggie_. She said she had been working as an animal communicator since 2018 and had also been a medical doctor for 25 years.   The 49-year-old said I could ask my pet three questions for Rp 150,000. She asked for a picture of my cat, its name, age and ...