Even though feng shui originated in China, its successful modern application involves more than just the knowledge of Classical feng shui concepts or traditional feng shui cures.
A good feng shui home combines the classical concepts with the modern ones, and this applies as much to the design of the home as to the selection of feng shui cures.
The Lucky Cat
The use of the lucky cat can be compared to the use of Ganesh in feng shui. Both symbols are from non-Chinese cultures -- the Lucky Cat is from Japan and Ganesh is from Indian culture; both symbols have become quite popular with many feng shui practitioners and enthusiasts.
You have to be sure, though, that you want to bring the lucky cat home because you like its energy, and not because you were told that it is good in feng shui. Each feng shui cure can be substituted with at least several other cures, so bring home only what you really like!
Unless you absolutely love the look and feel of a specific feng shui cure, the first question to ask is the following: "What is this cure for? Why do I need it in my home?"
Uses of the Lucky Cat
The Japanese name for the Lucky cat is Maneki Neko, which translates as the Beckoning Cat. The name obviously comes from its posture, as the lucky cat sculpture is always depicted with an upright paw, sometimes still, and sometimes moving (if battery operated).
The lucky cat is most commonly used in businesses, such as retail stores, restaurants, offices open to the public; and less so in the home. The lucky cat is also often called the fortune cat and the money cat, so as you can guess it is mainly used as a wealth and prosperity cure, as well as, of course, a good luck cure.
Look at it as a more friendly version of fu dogs in a slightly different application. Yes, the cat is soft and welcoming, it is beckoning you to come inside, but it also serves as protection. It has the freshness of white and red colors accentuated by some black and gold, and a paw raised high that is beckoning but can also be a gesture of protection.
Traditionally, the lucky cat is holding either a round gold coin or an ancient Japanese coin with a slightly rectangular shape.
It also has golden bells or other adornments, such as a red neck scarf. Gold and red are considered celebratory colors in Asian cultures, which combined with the freshness of white give the lucky cat a special energy people feel drawn to.
The fact that the lucky cat is mostly used in businesses does not mean you cannot use it in your home if you so desire. As this is a money cure, the logical place for it would be the Wealth & Money area of your bagua (Southeast) or your home office.
If you really like the energy of the lucky cat, you have the option of carrying it with you, as there are numerous items on the market with the lucky cat image -- from t-shirts to key chains. Still, its best feng shui placement is at the business entrance in order to entice wealth and good customers for a prosperous business.