Pet Friendly Feng Shui? Are we going too far?
Years ago some consultants started speaking of an environment that their PETS are comfortable in. While some thought the idea was ridiculous, I had to think that to me, my pets are part of my FAMILY. They're my other children I have running around and I'd spend hours looking for just the right bed or treats I knew they would really like. So what is wrong with trying to harmonize THEIR world?
I've had many pets through the years as I was the one always bringing home they stray I'd find wandering around or a puppy someone was giving away. My mother would SWEAR she wasn't going to keep another pet but we always did-she fell in love faster then we did.
Pets, in Feng Shui, add the element of FIRE. When they are well taken care of, they add activity and energy to a space. And they are more like humans then we might even think. They like to be cozy and warm, loved and feel secure. And like many of us, they need their alone time! Yep, Pets are People Too.
I was thrilled to see on AR many pet-friendly sites. With a staggering 85 % of all homeowners owning at least one pet, you can bet their shopping for a new home not only for themselves and their family but for Fido as well. The first thing I did upon purchasing this house was to put a fence up so my dogs could have the whole back yard to play in.
What DO your pets want? And what do they not want? Like children, they need to be raised with love AND discipline. That means, hopefully, they stay off the furniture and won't jump on your guests. When seeing how an animal sees their environment, get down to their eye level. Feel the energy. Is it cold or uninviting, or do they have a special place all their own to feel warm and embraced? Pet beds should be large enough for your animal to be comfortable in but not cramped, just cozy. In some homes there a multiple beds for a dog, perhaps one in a family room and one in a bedroom.
And what about cats? If you can fit it, they absolutely acclimate quickly to that new climb on addition so they can see higher or a window sill they can enjoy the warmth and catch some rays-who wouldn't? A good scratching post can save some of your best furniture. Too often I see drab colors and while there was some controversy over color blindness in pets, they do realize now that they CAN See color; not as vividly as humans, perhaps but they can see it and FEEL it. Have a nervous animal? Choose colors of soothing blues or greens to relax them.
As with anything, safety first. Check the quality of the toys that are brought into your home by others and make sure that the squeakers are secure as well as the plastic if you are going to use plastic at all. All natural bones for dogs are the best although they are not always preferred by your pet. And get them outside, even if it's just for a short time each day. They need to connect with nature as well. The energy of open windows and blinds or lights on if it is dark affects them a great deal.
Remember as well that pets are very intuitive. If your pets avoid a certain area of your home or yard, go there and take a look around-from Their perspective. See if you sense anything that FEELS uncomfortable or uninviting.
One other thing to mention is to always check the new plants you are bringing into your home to make sure they are not poisonous to animals. I have also heard countless stories of poor kitty getting into some pretty bad trouble with a Christmas tree and ornaments. Make sure your home is not only Feng Shui friendly for your pets, but safe as well. Your reward for taking such good care of them? Unconditional love.