Today, I’d like to do something a little bit different. You know when everything hit with Ichiro and the Woman wasn’t sleeping more than a few hours a night and getting cranky, Merlin’s person stepped in and offered some advice. She asked some questions the Woman hasn’t been asked in the course of Pet Communication before and both she and our vet were intrigued.
I hopped over to Merlin’s to chat with him more about his human. After sniffing the air and having a few snacks, we decided we’d talk while touring the garden. I felt all Barbara Walterish as we chatted. I was a little worried that as I channeled my inner Barbara that I might make Merlin cry but we had no major scenes.
We got the preliminaries over with. Merlin’s human talks to pets. And she tells their humans what we tell her (so be careful what you say, no matter what she tells you the interview you have with her is NOT confidential!).
“So Merlin, what do people most want to know about?”
“According to my mom, Layla’s experience…What the humans most want to know re: their pets is 1) Health (physical/emotional) 2) Relationship/bonding dynamic with the pet and other pets or the pet(s) and one of more people.”
“No one asked me if I wanted to talk to your Mom. Do cats resent this interference?” I ask, pulling no punches, just like Barbara.
” It depends. Cats usually like when quality of their life improves but some are more grateful than others. Some don’t like any new changes. Like their human counterparts; there are aways those who resist change. Cat do like the fuss and attention of their humans seeking professional help. Everyone whether you have two or four legs likes being appreciated,” Merlin said.
“My human was really intrigued with the Feng Shui questions your human asked us. Can you tell us more?”
“Layla suggests all humans get down close to the ground for a cat’s view of their space. See what we see: the dust balls under the bed, bits of debris behind the sofa, stinky toilet bowls, moldy dark corners, dirty laundry. It’s not a pretty picture. No wonder we like jumping on to clean table tops and counters! We have such sensitive noses we can smell everything. We don’t like artificially scented things, chemical household cleaning products or even vinyl and some plastics.”
“Clutter is another big feng shui no no. Whether it’s our cat toys or your mess, keep them clean and organized. Cats naturally know how to go with the flow. Having a clean organized space allows for more positive ch’i or life force to flow. Many of the principles of feng shui follow common sense and not woo woo magic,” Merlin explained.
“So she does this to help humans get in tune with the cats world?” I ask.
“Cats are naturally in tune with nature and crave connection with the outdoors. It’s why indoor only cats sit at the window eager to catch the sun’s rays or window whiffies. We’re lucky that we get to go outside in our large garden but wish those humans wouldn’t snoopervise us so much! Nothing beats rolling on (and nibbling) fresh organic grass, soaking up the sun, scratching claws on tree roots and the ultimate treat: sniffing every bush, tree, crevice, rock and the earth of mother nature.” Merlin said.
Unlike some cat people, my human has also studied Feng Shui as an acupuncture student. She got some elective credit. The style she is most familiar with is different from that of Merlin’s human. My human recently read a book that about creating soul spaces. Although no Feng Shui cures or terminology is used, the spirit of the book is in harmony with Feng Shui basics and it is a good introduction to the sorts of changes Feng Shui seeks to make.
“So can you give me an example of when working with Feng Shui helped a pet?”
“Most involve correcting the placement of the three most important objects for a cat: food/water bowl, cat litter and their bed or place that they sleep. Surprisingly common, is the error of placing a litter box too close to the feeding station. Ideally they should be in separate rooms or at least opposite ends. The worst situation I’ve corrected was a cat bed positioned next to a mirrored wall with two poison arrows from abutting columns. Sleeping opposite any mirror does not promote restful sleep and it’s no wonder this cat refused to sleep in her very expensive bed. Once the bed was relocated and soft drapery camouflaging the columns and mirror, the energy radically shifted and the cat was happy.”
“You know, I myself feel that I am a Feng Shui correction.”
“Chey, is of course correct about improving the feng shui of any room by her mere presence. As the old English saying goes, “A house without a cat is not a home.” Cats can neutralize bad chi and love geopathic stress. Gris Gris loves squeezing into our antique Chinese armoire outfitted with TV etc. and gazillion wires and electrical mayhem!”
“I knew it.”
So it is Cat Appreciation Month. Perhaps you should show your cat how much you appreciate them by having Merlin’s person tell them? Or at least get you to see things your cat’s way and realize they’re right and you’re not listening.