Rockwell's kitty and Orgonite pyramid

Rockwell’s kitty and Orgonite pyramid

Today we’re going to discuss the different ways we might work with crystal to increase the vibration of our non-human family (and how they likewise might enjoy these interactions). We’ll talk about cats, dogs, fish, birds, plants and trees…

It was brought to my attention in the comments (thank you) and it bears mentioning, that anytime I refer to “crystal” in this article, I mean QUARTZ CRYSTAL. There are many other minerals (also called “crystal”) which are not safe for ingestion or when wet and many that are water soluble such as selenite. So, from this point onward, please note I’m referring only to quartz crystal.

addendum (also from comments received): somehow this blog post has been attached as the contact form for a company on Amazon ( I have gotten many comments about succulents ordered on Amazon from this company (which is also listed as an “Amazon brand”, and “Amazon’s Choice”) from people very dissatisfied with their order. It could not have happened by  mistake that the company has chosen to use this blog post (hidden behind a URL for reviews) to “dump” their dissatisfied customer’s comments. Was it in order to keep their online rating/reviews high?? I can only guess. If you are here to leave a comment of dissatisfaction for this company or your recent order, please contact Amazon directly. I haven’t had any luck in figuring out how to get my URL off their company page. I’m sorry you have been duped by Amazon. Big Tech. What can I say?

That being said, on to the actual blog post regarding our beloved pets:


Cats and dogs react to crystals in different ways. For example, my friend Renee has a bowl of crystals that her cat likes to touch. She said it uses its little paw and moves them gently here to there.

Many people to which I send crystals talk about their cats climbing into the box in which the crystal was shipped. This might not be such a big deal, considering cats and their propensity to sit in random boxes, but they say the cat seems more interested than usual in the crystal boxes. I’m sure they feel the shift in vibration the crystal has created in the space during their travel to their new home.

I have also heard stories from customers who have had their cats and dogs pick the crystal up in their mouths and carry them off after opening their crystal orders. I once visited a friend with a medium sized dog and when I showed him the crystal I had in my pocket, he nuzzled it in my open hand, then grabbed it and ran with it to his bed.

Ody the crystal digger

Ody the crystal digger

Crystals are also great to use for pet therapy for healing, protection and energy. I have rubbed my pets with a crystal, infusing them with both the crystalline energy and Reiki. To keep the energy flowing continuously, I have also sewn crystals onto the collar of my little Chihuahua friend, Ody (the crystal digger), pictured right.

Other than applying a crystal directly to your pet, you can also place crystals in and around pet beds; even in water bowls.

There are some (common sense) things to consider if you decide to use crystals around your beloved pets in their beds or in or near water dishes.

  • Make sure the crystal is large enough that your pet isn’t going to accidentally ingest it, especially larger pets with smaller crystals. Obviously small dogs aren’t as likely to lap up a larger crystal, but it still bears mentioning.
  • If you are using them in or near water bowls, make sure that the crystals are clean of any acid residue that may be present from the cleaning process. If you aren’t 100% sure how clean a crystal is, for safety’s sake, setting the crystal near rather than in the bowl is a better idea.
  • Ensure that the crystal you choose to work with your pet doesn’t have broken or sharp edges that might cut curious licking tongues, sniffing noses or tender paws! Remember pets explore their surroundings with noses and mouths.

Crystals and your plantsBesides working with our crystal friends in a pet’s water dish, consider these other options: What about crystal in our own drinking water, or in the water for our plants or even fish?

Crystals in flower beds

Crystals in flower beds


Both indoor and outdoor plants and trees benefit from crystal. Besides it being a beautiful addition, the increase in vibration helps plants grow and thrive.

You can put crystal into your watering container to charge the water you give your indoor plants.

We also have buried and placed crystal points and chunks around the soil of all our potted plants to help increase their growth and energy.


Clusters placed around the base of trees are helpful energetically; besides being beautiful to look at, the crystals may also draw fairies and elementals!

You may hang crystals in your trees for your own pleasure, to attract fairies and elementals and also for the tree spirit itself. I make mobiles out of wire-wrapped crystals, beads and driftwood and hang them in my trees.


Do you have pet fish?

Crystal can be a beautiful and healthy addition to a fish tank. You need to beware, however, that crystal is often cleaned with acid, making it pretty and rust free. So, if you’re putting crystal into drinking water or into a fish tank, be sure to use crystal that has been cleaned with water only (no acid). In a fish tank, I would even be wary of using soap. Please don’t drop a newly acquired crystal, or cluster, into your fish tank thinking you will be helping your fish with the healing properties of quartz (which would be a great idea) if you are using crystal which may have residual bits of acid on it (which would NOT be a great idea). The same goes for your own drinking water.

If it is a single point that doesn’t have a lot of crevasses, I would think that a crystal previously cleaned in acid would be safe to use if you cleansed it with a brush and rinsed it very well before putting it into your drinking water. However, a better alternative is to place the crystal near, but not into, the water. This is the safest bet, especially where our fish friends are concerned.

Placing a crystal in or near water, especially if you program that crystal for a specific intent, such as health, energy, etc., will help to raise the water’s vibration.

Daisy the Umbrella Cockatoo

Daisy the Umbrella Cockatoo


Misty the African Grey

Misty the African Grey

If you have birds, crystals can be placed on or near their cage to add calming, higher vibration energy to them.

My cockatoo, Daisy, who is especially high-strung, has a semi-permanent grid on top of her cage. A semi-permanent grid is one which stays in place but is easily moved or rearranged. As a reminder, here is a link to a post on crystal grids.

For Daisy’s grid, I used several different types of stones for various energies. I have some clear quartz chunks to increase vibrations, rose quartz for love, amethyst clusters for calm and polished selenite for angelic and calming energies.


Important to note in all of these crystal applications: Don’t forget to be sure to consider how your particular non-human friend interacts with their environment before introducing a new gemstone into their realm. For example, in Daisy’s crystal grid, I chose polished, rather than raw, selenite, because raw selenite is a very soft stone that chips, flakes and slivers easily. Daisy’s curious beak would be very interested in raw selenite and could be quite dangerous to her. Avoid potential tragedy by being mindful. When in doubt, err on the side of caution.


Remember what I said in previous posts about crystal broadcasting on many different channels in many different languages? It doesn’t just apply to the different ways humans communicate and understand, but also to other beings and how they interact with their world through vibration.

We have determined that crystals help us to access Spirit Guides, Angels and Elementals, as well as to connect with our animal and plant friends. I believe that crystal naturally speaks the language of each of these beings. Think of all the ways crystal might assist and interact with our non-human friends and share the love!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post about how we might work with crystals with our beloved pets. Do you have stories to share about your non-human family and how they interact with your Crystal Family? I’d love to hear them. Share your stories below! I’ll leave you with a collage of a few of my furry and feathered family members, past and present:

Beloved pets

Beloved pets

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About Genn

Genn John has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at, or her blog at To connect: email -, facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.


  1. Crystal bird lover says:

    Genn, can I ask your advice? I can’t find any other bird parents who love crystals. I have amethyst geodes , quartz, quarts geodes, aragonite, selenite, citrine geode, obsidian, fluorite, calcite, carnelian, rose quartz.

    I am an over protective bird mommy and my girls hang out with me out of cage a lot, so I ended up replacing all my plants with faux, just to be safe , so I don’t have to be paranoid about them ingesting soil etc.

    I miss my plants and thought I could raise the vibe by adding more crystals. These guys are in places my birds don’t really go / the tv, the bathtub, bathroom and kitchen shelving , bookcases, but a few are on my dresser and one on my desk.

    My girls have their own playstands and so much enrichment that they have never been interested in anything else, they know what is their stuff. They are a budgie and Linnie, so tiny non destructive beaks. They are not chewers at all actually. My budgie won’t eat fresh food unless it’s like the thinness of paper.

    Nevertheless, I just learned about potential toxicity of crystals and I feel so dumb !!! I’m paranoid and wondering what to do with mine.
    Hang a higher display shelf that they can’t really get to?
    Put them in a glass cabinet ?

    Even though they ignore them…and are supervised OOC, as you know, birds can do weird stuff out of nowhere and…. They can be unpredictable.

    Any advice? I love having my crystals all around and would be sad to hide them away.
    I’ve thought about getting a glass wall cabinet and displaying them all safely inside.

    It would make me very sad to not have a crystal in every room

    But anything for my babies…

    Thank you so so much 🙏

    • Genn says:

      Hey There!! I completely understand your worry. However, not all crystals are toxic, only some. I would google “toxic crystals” and see if yours are on the list. I know quartz, citrine and amethyst are fine. I kept them on top of my bird cage always… Selenite might be a problem if it is natural (only because of the potential for slivers if chewed on) but polished I would think would be fine. Of the list you made, aragonite is the only one I am not sure of, the others I think are fine, but for peace of mind, google them individually just to be sure. Here’s what a quick Google search got me: check that one and see if yours are on the list. Honestly, if they aren’t big chewers and you mostly keep your eye on them, I would think they would be fine left where they are if they aren’t on the toxic list. The energies are certainly beneficial for both you and them. Best of luck and thanks for reaching out!! <3 (as a PS - some of these (amethyst, quartz etc) are on the list of toxic for silicosis, but that is for if you are cutting the stone. A little (or even BIG birdie doesn't have the beak strength to chip a quartz). Honestly, I think you're fine (if I had those stones and your birds I wouldn't be worried. I see aragonite has no known toxicity and that's the only one I wasn't sure of)

  2. alice says:

    I am sorry to say I just received two boxes of succulents from that are damaged. There is no packing slip in either box. The boxes were overcrowded and wet. The plants are damaged and though I will try to revive them, usually if succulents are overwatered, they die. There was no attempt at safe packaging; no protection against the cold, the boxes were ice cold(we are in Jersey and it is in the 20’s today),
    no information indicating there were live plants in the boxes and to open immediately. I have ordered from another vendor in San Diego and had a wonderful experience. I just wanted to share the orders with different vendors but I must say I am not happy with the result. I would like these replaced.

    • Genn says:

      Alice, I am posting your comment in case others come, also with bad experiences from Plants for Pets, an Amazon Brand, so they know they aren’t alone. As we discussed in email, I have had SEVERAL of these comments in the past, but I (wrongly) assumed it was some sort of spam or fluke so I simply deleted them from the queue since I obviously don’t deal in selling succulents on Amazon. After having had so many negative comments, you were the first to answer my query as to how you came to find me to leave this comment in the first place, so I figured I had better make this public. Thank you again for emailing the details of your experience. I hope you get satisfaction from Amazon about this order.

  3. Beleszove says:

    I am unable to view the previous comments so I don’t know if this has been mentioned already, but even so, deserves mentioning again– not all crystals are safe in water! some crystals, such as selenite disolve, while others release toxic qualities in water or if licked, even touched! I hope you will amend your original article to include this warning and maybe say which ones for sure are safe to be in water.

    • Genn says:

      Thanks so much for your insightful comment. I’m aware of the poisonous/toxic crystals and also the water solubility of selenite. I’ve since amended the post to be more clear that I am only referring to quartz crystal, not other crystals. Thanks so much for pointing out my vagueness. I appreciate it! 😀

  4. Erin M Davis says:

    I need help. My dog ate my selenite palm crystal. Is she in danger?

    • Genn says:

      I would take her to the vet to be sure she is ok. Selenite is water soluble, but also breaks into shards. I would definitely take her to the vet to be checked

  5. Kathi Lewis says:

    I have a curious question. My sister’s cat, who is about 8, has started a nightly ritual. Now this is the most complacent, don’t care what you do to it, cat I have ever heard of. Nothing phases him. About a month ago, between 2 and 3 in the morning, this cat gets up, searches out her amethyst stones, she has two, and whacks them onto the floor. No matter where they are in the room. Just those two stones. She is an artist and the cat never messes with anything else in the house, (brushes, pencils, plants, etc). So it was suggested to look up the meaning. And to put the stones by her pillow at night. Well, she did. And the cat howled until she put them on the side table…so the cat could knock them off.She had also, because of family beliefs, made a basic medicine wheel with 4 stones representing all points on a compass. In the middle was the amethyst. The amethyst went flying after 2am. Nothing else…not the other stones…just those two. Now..she also had an intense feeling that she should give one of the stones to her boyfriend yesterday. And she did. It is a healing stone and they are both weeding out past hurts and moving forward. But last night, the cat howled all night. He basically threw all of her things across the room. I believe that there is an energy that we don’t know of reacting with her cat. She has cleansed her stones many times. She has removed any negative energies from her home. But, this has only gone on for the past month. Never before. So to appease the cat, she will get a flat amethyst crystal for her boyfriend and retrieve the other from him. And see what that does. The research we have done, has not revealed what this could be. I also know that amethyst is used to treat addictions. But there is none of that in the home. Just her, the cat, and her two old dogs. So nothing is different. I would be very much interested in your thoughts. By the way, the cat (Whiskers) is very healthy. So there is nothing there. We believe that when the time is right she will know what the meaning is and why this has been happening. Thank you! Especially if you have a clue…lol We have gone to many in the family that, let’s say, have quite the extensive knowledge of crystals, rocks, and the healing powers. This one is a conundrum. 🙂

    • Genn says:

      Hey Kathi! Wow! That is quite a story!! Unfortunately, like you, I am perplexed and really don’t have anything to add. It sounds like you guys have it pretty much covered there as far as research and trying to explain this behavior with logic (you’re using human logic, Whiskers is running on cat logic). Perhaps we’ll just have to wait until mellow Whiskers lets us know what he is doing with those amethyst! If you figure it out, please come back and comment. Inquiring minds want to know!! Maybe it is as simple as those amethyst are HIS and he’s telling your sister “I leave all of your other items alone, but these amethysts are mine! So, “hands off”, lady!” !?!

  6. Linda Thompson says:

    I would not advise people to put crystals in drinking water. Some crystal waters can be toxic depending on what is in them. Some have mercury, copper and other metals not good for consumption. Also some crystals will break down from water. Some will even form rust. You have to investigate the properties of the particular crystal before doing this otherwise you may just kill your pet or make it sick. I would think having a crystal nearby would be enough to charge the water. Please do your homework before trying this.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Linda! I agree completely. This article applies only to QUARTZ crystal. I was remiss in the writing of it and didn’t insert “quartz” in front of “crystal” (which in hindsight I should have done, for clarity). Thanks for pointing out this very important distinction!

      • Laurie Bodzas says:

        Hello Genn, I just got a kitten on Sunday who’s 10 weeks old. He parked himself on top of our 9″ Quartz and Hematite rock formation. Last night I caught him licking the quartz crystals. I would like to send you a picture of him on the formation. Please provide me with an email address I can send this photo to to see if we’ve done any harm to him. He’s been crying a lot and sleeping, when just yesterday he played all night long. HELP! Thank you in advance!

        • Genn says:

          Hey Laurie! Sorry to hear about curious kitty! Here’s my email address (… I’m happy to look at your picture! Unfortunately there isn’t really anything I can do to diagnose, since there is no way for me to know whether there might be a contaminant on the crystal. Quartz, in and of itself, in its natural state, will not make a kitty sick, but it is possible that where ever you got it from used an acid bath to clean and might not have cleaned it well or ????? Too many variables to list. My best suggestion (and what I would do if kitty were mine), would be to take him to the vet for a check up. Here’s why: #1 he might have gotten into something on the cluster (or elsewhere) that is causing him to feel ill or #2 (and the thought that keeps coming up for me) is that maybe there is something wrong with your kitty (that has nothing to do with the licking of the crystal?) and he instinctively went to the quartz/hematite to heal (felt the healing vibrations)… so that maybe the change in his activity/crying is due to some underlying problem? I would definitely take him to the doc, just to be safe, and to be sure there isn’t something wrong with him that isn’t immediately visible. I hope he feels better very soon! If you are concerned about the cluster, if it is feasible, you could rinse it well with water. A caveat: be CERTAIN that the temperature of the water is the same as the temperature of the crystal (cold water on cold crystal, room temp on room temp, warm water on warm crystal). You don’t want to shock your crystal thermally, it can break! I like to have one hand on my crystal and the other under the running tap water. when they feel about the same temperature, then I will introduce the crystal to the water. A really good flushing can help if there is some sort of residue on the crystal. If it is just quartz and hematite, it should be fine (a softer stone like selenite, however, would dissolve, so be careful with this if you have a different type of stone with your quartz). I look forward to seeing your picture. Best of health to your new kitty and thanks for your question!

  7. Marie says:

    I was in my livjngroom on my phone. My pup started barking at the corner of the ceiling then darted back and forth like someone wss playing with her. She then ran in to my bedroom (out of an abalone shell full of crystals next to my bed) and came out with my raw amethyst in her mouth and dropped it in the middle of the floor. After that there was no more barkjng, playing, she was calm. Following that, she never again behaved that way or grabbed any of my other crystals. What could this mean?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Marie! What a cool story! I imagine there are any number of speculations one might make on what happened and why, but your pup, the amethyst and whomever/whatever was in the corner are the only ones who know for certain, I suppose! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Marissa says:

    I recently bought a choker style necklace with a raw clear quartz crystal pendant. I had not cleaned or charged or set its intention until 1 night ago on the full moon. I removed past intention, set new intention letting the crystal sit over night in sea salted water in glass bowl. Next morning took out crystal and wore it all day. My cat cannot stay away from it. He climbs to me to sniiff it and even gave the necklace a nibble! Here he is again too. He came up just now from another room and climbed to me on the couch and is just captured by it. Its 5am here and quite dark still in our home. There are no light prisms bouncing to entice my pet cat. Just a curious pet kitty who seems to be attracted to my recently charged crystal quartz pendant. Pretty cool!

  9. Diana says:

    Hi Genn,
    I have a story to share about cats and crystals. Back in the late summer of 2007, I rescued 2 kittens off the street: brother (black domestic) and sister (yellow tabby domestic). The girl kitty, Mia, has always been interested in my crystals, moving them around, etc. Sometime in mid 2008, I noticed that my rose quartz crystal orb kept disappearing from my coffee table – I would find it anywhere in the living room. The floor was carpeted, but I was concerned that the orb would be damaged by dropping from the coffee table to the floor. I always talk to my cats, and after 3 or 4 “rearrangements”, I decided to just keep the orb on the floor. But I kept asking them what was so important that the orb had to be on the floor. So one night, I was watching TV and caught Mia approaching out of the corner of my eye. She made certain I was watching her and then laid down by the rose quartz orb, with the orb between her sets of legs by her tummy. She lifted her head and looked at me — she wanted me to see this. She then laid her head down on the floor and started moving the orb with her hind feet. When she got it spinning at the speed she wanted, she just let it spin between her legs. When the orb got too slow, she would start moving it again with her hind feet. It was quite a show and probably lasted for 10 or 15 minutes. When she was finished, she lifted her head and looked at me as if to say “THIS is why it is important for the orb to be kept on the floor.” She is now a wise old cat queen of 10 years and when we bring new crystals into the house, she definitely checks them out, but she isn’t spinning crystal orbs these days, or at least not while I’m around. Love and peace.

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