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Pet Feng Shui: Top 10 Dos and Don'ts

Easy-to-follow tricks for a happier, healthier pet

by Stephanie Dempsey

Pets can generate wonderful Feng Shui, but did you also know they are affected by your home's environment? If you live with a furry, feathery, or fuzzy creature, read the following tips. They'll help you and your friend live in harmony.

Do

Get a pet if you feel tired, depressed, or stuck in a rut. Animals represent fire energy. Adding fire energy to your life will make you more passionate about life. If you travel a lot, you can always get a low-maintenance pet, like an African Dwarf Frog. These aquatic animals can live in a fish tank and are ideal for putting in your prosperity gua (the far left corner of your home), where their gentle movement will stimulate new income

Don't

Neglect your pets. When you don't feed, bathe and nurture your pet properly, your Feng Shui will suffer. A fish tank with dirty, stagnant water can result in financial loss. A dog with a matted coat may prompt you to get overlooked for a promotion. An overweight cat may drive away romance. You may not realize it, but the way you treat people, pets and plants has a great bearing on your own self-image. Adjust your behavior accordingly.

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Do

Give your pet a special area that's just for them. Whether it's a cage, bed or cushion, this will honor your pet in a way that benefits your whole household. Make sure your pet's area is always clean and well maintained. The best spots for an animal's perch are the near left corner or the center portion of the far wall of your home. When you designate a special spot for your animals, it will be easier to be recognized for your own talents and contributions.

Don't

Let your pets run wild. Giving your pets free range goes against the natural order of life. If you don't assume the master position in your household, people will constantly take advantage of you in other areas of life. Designate counters and tabletops as off limits. Don't allow you animals to maul visitors. Above all, never feed your animals scraps. They will become shameless beggars and sap your energy.

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Do

Put your cat's litter box in an optimal place. Feng Shui experts are always warning people against putting the cat box in the relationship and prosperity corners. So where should you put this necessary piece of equipment? Try the near right corner, which represents helpful people. By providing your cat with a clean litter box where he or she feels safe and protected by two surrounding walls, you'll win their undying devotion. Maintaining a well-kept litter box will also prompt others to be more compassionate toward you.

Don't

Let your pets sleep on your bed. This can put a real damper on your love life and create intimacy problems for you. Many animal lovers drive romance from their doors by putting their pets first in all circumstances. When it comes to relationships, people should come before pets. That doesn't mean you should get rid of your cat or dog if you meet someone who dislikes animals. But it does mean that you shouldn't treat your pet like a substitute lover or child.

Do

Integrate photos of your animal throughout your home. Putting pictures of your animal in the center right portion of your home will make them feel like one of the family. This can be especially helpful when you're introducing a new animal into your home. Display these pictures in natural wood frames so that you will boost your pet's natural fire energy.

Don't

Go overboard with pets. Assess your living space before adding more animals. Having tons of cats in a tiny apartment isn't good for you or the animals. Too many pets can be symbolic of a person who is avoiding human relationships. This can cause real problems spiritually, physically and emotionally. If you really want to devote yourself to animal welfare, keep a reasonable amount of pets and volunteer at your local shelter.

Do

Make allowances for your pet's idiosyncrasies. All animals -- humans included -- have strange quirks. Some cats prefer drinking out of a faucet rather than a water bowl. A dog can develop passionate attachment for a particular toy. In cases like these, there will come a time when you have to decide whether it's worth breaking the animal's spirit. Leaving the faucet dripping or stocking up on a hefty supply of Blue Pro Penn racquetballs may be preferable than forcing a change.

Don't

Be afraid to let animals into your life. Often, people who lost a pet as a child avoid getting another. The fact is that animals are a tremendous source of joy. By adopting one, you'll make a loving connection with another living being. There's no better way to experience good Feng Shui. So do some research into your ideal animal, talk to a responsible pet owner about the pros and cons, and adopt a friend from your animal shelter. You won't regret it.

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