Posted on September 03 2019
How to Incorporate Feng Shui for Your Pets
By Carmen Dexter
Ever heard of feng shui? It’s the ancient Chinese practice of using natural energy forces to help you harmonize with your surroundings. These days, our pets are getting in on the action, as well. The idea is to help them relax and improve their overall well-being.
Why Feng Shui?
That old saying, “You’re a product of your environment,” still holds true — for us and for our pets. If they’re cramped, uncomfortable, distressed, too cold, or too hot, they’re unhappy, even depressed. Feng shui focuses on earth, fire, wood, water, and metal to create balance in the environment. For instance, if you’re potty training your dog, use an earth element to boost its learning ability. Put some crystals (of the earth) in your home, use terra cotta planters or add a clay sculpture. The energy of a better environment creates better spaces for your pets.
What to Do
There are several ways to incorporate feng shui into your home to benefit your pet. Give your animal their own spot in your home, using a mat, rug, or pet bed. Keep the area clean and clutter-free. Place the bed against a solid wall, away from doors, in a corner if possible. Put this pet space in the eastern section of your home for a sense of community. Avoid white. Our pups belong to the earth element, so light browns, light yellows, and sand-colored items work best. Cats are of the wood element, so stay away from reds and focus on greens and browns.
Let your pets know who’s master. Create rules in the home. Don’t let them have free rein. Keep them off counters and tables. Don’t let them jump on visitors. Your animals will drain you of your energy if you don’t take control.
Keep your entire home — not just the pet space — clutter-free. Clutter can make dogs and cats anxious and disturbed. Clean your house, making it peaceful and tidy and giving your pet a relaxing and safe environment to live in. Keep the litter box clean and in a secluded area. Use stone or ceramic dishes for your dog’s food and water.
Your home needs good lighting, for both you and your pet. It can be natural light, lamps, or candles, but you need the brightness. Dim rooms are like living in a cave, and the lack of light suppresses the flow of energy. This can destroy a positive attitude for people and animals alike.
Outdoors, again, keep it clutter-free. Pick up dog waste and keep the lawn clean. Be sure your backyard landscape is made up of plants that are safe for animals. Some flowers and shrubs are toxic to dogs. You can’t have good feng shui if your pet is surrounded by these toxins.
And when the time comes, don’t bury your pet or scatter his ashes in the yard. This creates bad energy.
Our pets themselves are feng shui for us, as they bring positive energy into our lives. We can reward them with safe, clean spaces and good energy flow.
Carmen Dexter is a journalist, teacher and pet lover who owns two dogs and three cats. (Actually, they own her.) She enjoys growing her own organic food and recycling as much as possible. When her cat, Nelson, joins her for a glass a wine, he insists on drinking his Purrgundy out of a wine glass.