In another talk, Kristin Kirk speaks about an experience working with two cats. These are clearly exceptional cats with exceptional people. But the story is notable, including the difference between the two cats.
This isn’t as hard to accept if we understand that everything arises in and of consciousness. We’re in this together so as consciousness rises, everything rises with it. All animals feel and are aware. But some animals are pretty thick and absorbed in their local experience, just as some people are. And some animals have a lot more presence and naturally engage in life in a way that increases their clarity. There are some famous stories, like the cow coming to satsang, the crow who has lived through multiple creations, and the enlightened monkeys in the Ramayana. So clearly, enlightenment is possible with almost any vessel.
I would add there are also people who teach animal communication if it’s not coming on it’s own.