Feng Shui... for Your Pet

Feng Shui Expert By Jayme Barrett
Feng Shui Expert
Jayme Barrett is a feng shui consulant, speaker, and best-selling author of Feng Shui Your Life. She has appeared on the The Today Show, E!, and HGTV.

Pets offer unconditional love, companionship, protection, and positive energy to the home. Their movement and individual sounds, barks, meows, and chirps help to circulate energy to every corner. People who have pets are said to be healthier, happier and live longer.

For good feng shui, your pet should be clean, smell terrific, and have its own place within the environment. Create a special space, thereby designating a home for your pet with a bed, mat or rug. It’s important to shake it out regularly and leave it outside in the sun to air out and refresh it with the sun’s natural energy. I recommend buying a new fresh bed for your dog every 1-2 years to keep bacteria to a minimum.

Do not allow your animal’s toys and paraphernalia to take over the house. Clutter is a big no-no in feng shui, especially when it lives on the floor. Scattered bones, toys and stuffed animals that litter the floor will bring the energy of the house down, create the possibility of tripping over them and make it feel messy.

You may want to pare down the number of toys and make sure to place them in a covered basket at the end of the day. Organization combined with beauty is good feng shui and creates harmony for everyone in the household. Buy new, colorful stuffed animals if they have seen better days!  

In the same way, leashes should not clutter the front entrance. They should also be placed in a cabinet, closet or basket. If the leash is old and tattered, treat your dog to a new one and a nice name tag… it gives others a good impression of you as you walk down the street! There are many colors and designs that add personality and uniqueness to you and your dog.  

You can buy matching and decorative food and water bowls and put them in the kitchen. Place a mat underneath the bowls to help keep the floor clean with inevitable spills. Also, make sure to upgrade to bigger bowls as your dog grows!

You’ll want to shampoo your dog regularly not only for its sake but also to keep the house clean. Take it to the vet for check-ups too! This will give you peace of mind, knowing that your animal is healthy and strong.

If you own a cat, make sure the litter is hooded and kept fresh. You can also drape a piece of silk fabric over the hood to insulate the energy of the kitty litter. Place it in the bathroom to keep the lingering smell to a minimum. In feng shui, it’s important to close bathroom doors to keep energy and money from escaping down the drains, so you may want to incorporate a small animal door so your cat can come and go as it pleases but the door can stay shut.

Before picking an animal, think about your personality and what type of animal will compliment you. If you need some vitality and spunk, pick an energetic dog that needs lots of play and walk time. Having a dog is a great way to stay in shape. You might be inspired to exercise more regularly in the company of your dog, not to mention meet new friends and possible love interests!  

On the other hand if you lead a hectic life, you may desire a mellow cat to calm you and cuddle with after a busy day!

Many times, the animal becomes a reflection of the owner. What is your pet saying about you?

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