Using Feng Shui principles to allow any of us or our companion animals to live a more harmonious and natural existence is inherent in this ancient health system. Domestic cats, for example, are highly visually-oriented predators (note the forward-looking eyes that increase stereoscopic vision and depth perception) that seem to appreciate a good overview of their local area. They are also quite small compared to humans and enjoy direct visual contact as well as rubbing their facial scent glands on their human companions. In order to facilitate both of these behaviors our companion cats benefit from an elevated area of their home on which they may perch, greet and visually survey their world. Some cat caretakers restrict their companion's access to such things as counter-tops. Although each human must decide for themselves which elevated surfaces are to be used by cats or by off-limits, some such surface should be available to our companion cats to allow them to actualize themselves in their world of domesticity.
Cats are also expert at conserving their energy and extracting useful energy from their immediate environments. They have evolved with “natural” heat sources such as the sun and the laps of their human companions. Unfortunately, cats that choose to absorb the heat from a just-used automobile are at great risk for fan-belt injury when the vehicle is re-started. Cats have no evolved system of understanding this potential danger since they did not evolve with cars. Similarly, many of our modern electric appliances emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which may be warming. Cats that seek and enjoy the warmth from such EMFs may also suffer the consequences of perturbed immune system function and cancers due to chronic exposure to these EMFs. Thus the astute companion animal caretaker will use Feng Shui principles to protect both their animals and themselves from EMFs while still offering cats a warm and comfortable area to rest and enjoy a safe heat source.
There are three primary categories for the use of Feng Shui in companion animal veterinary medical applications. They are as follows: 1) Feng Shui principles may be used to create a companion animal's relatively normal environment in which to express its natural behaviors, 2) Feng Shui principles as preventative measures to ensure health and longevity and 3) Feng Shui principles as an adjunct to Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to treat health disharmonies and disease.
Lastly, companion animals that have become ill and are under the healing supervision of a qualified veterinarian may benefit from the application of Feng Shui principles. One of the principles uses the laws of the Five Phases (Wu Xing) to influence health and healing. For example, a cat in kidney failure has injury to the Water Phase (kidney/bladder) and will benefit from bedding of the Water Phase color (Blue or Black) or the preceding tonifying Metal Phase (White). This relationship can add subtle healing energies while to color of the Wood Phase (Green) may subtly drain or injure the weak kidneys.
In these three ways the application of Feng Shui principles may benefit the health and longevity of our companion animals.
Feng Shui For Companion Animals