My son can speak animal. I think all children can do this and most of us lose it in adulthood. When our cat is meowing (which is 80% of the time, he is a talker) I ask the him "What does he want?" and the answer will always be accurate. He'll say "food" and sure enough, the bowl will be empty. He'll say "poop" and sure enough the litter box needs scooping. Last night the cat was meowing in the kitchen but he had a full bowl of food, the litter box was sparkling fresh so I asked him, "What does kitty want?" and he said, "Mama." Sure enough the darn cat just wanted me to pet him.