Pet Zodiac Signs

Kelli Fox

Humans aren’t the only ones on Earth affected by the planets’ movements. Just as you have a distinct personality, so does your beloved dog or cat — and just as your personality is affected by the position of the Sun at the moment of your birth, so is Fido’s or Tiger’s. Like their human counterparts, animals express their personality traits through the energy of the Sun, as filtered through the Signs of the Zodiac.

Read your pet’s Sign to discover how the Zodiac has influenced his or her personality. If you aren’t sure of your pet’s exact birth date, read through each Sign profile to find the one that fits your furry friend to a T. Chances are good that your pet was born when the fiery Sun was passing through that Sign.

Aries (March 20th - April 19th)

If you could translate an Aries animal’s barks or meows, you might find they’re saying, “Go, go, go!” Brave, impulsive and demanding — that’s the Aries pet, in a nutshell. When an Aries dog or cat sees what she wants, she pursues it, no matter what obstacles might stand in the way. Needless to say, this leap-first, look-later approach to life can lead to plenty of trouble. Be patient when housetraining, and accept that your pet’s impulsivity could lead him to joyfully tear up your favorite bedroom slippers again and again before the rules of the house are finally learned. Also, be especially vigilant about your Aries pet when she is out of the house or off-leash; an Aries dog might dash across a busy street to chase a squirrel, or an Aries cat may charge up a tree, forgetting he can’t find his way down again. Aries pets need lots of exercise to work off their boundless energy, so it’s a good idea to invest in a kitty play tower or a dog walker if you work long hours. Otherwise, that wonderful, high-spirited Aries energy can turn depressed, angry or destructive. Finally, don’t fight against your Aries pet’s independence. You may have thought you were adopting a sweet, cuddly kitten or puppy, but don’t be surprised if your kitty’s claws come out fast, or your puppy prefers a good romp to soft caresses.

Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)

Good food, plenty of love, and a warm, soft place to sleep at night — these are all a Taurus pet needs to live a good life. Oh, and perhaps a job. This sign is all about hard work and sensual pleasures. Taurus dogs are happiest when they can spend their days learning and practicing tricks, or better yet, working at an actual occupation, such as sheep herding or agility competitions. Your Taurus cat will also enjoy activities like climbing a kitty tower or working her claws on a scratching post. Most Taurus pets love being in nature, so if possible, allow your kitty or pup to explore the outdoors from time to time. As hardworking as they are, of course, Taurus pets still love to relax. On warm afternoons, you’re likely to find your pet sprawled out on the floor, enjoying the sunlight. In fact, many Taurus pets tend toward laziness, not to mention stubbornness — all the more reason to provide yours with activities to keep him occupied. Taurus pets also love to eat, and can quickly become overweight without plenty of exercise. Don’t be surprised if your Taurus dog or cat has an expensive palate. These food-lovers may turn up their noses at cheap kibble, preferring food with finer ingredients and more nuanced flavors. Finally, set aside time every day to enjoy a good cuddle with your furry friend. Taurus pets adore kisses, massages and the clear message that they are loved.

Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)

Communication is any Gemini’s strong point, which means life with your Gemini pet is pretty noisy! Yips and barks, hisses and meows, growls and yelps and purring: Your job as their human companion is to figure out what it all means. Gemini dogs and cats are a chatty, flirtatious bunch, and they tend to have great senses of humor. This is the puppy you’ll catch chasing his tail or the kitty who amuses herself batting at invisible flies. This sociable animal will love accompanying you on errands or visits with friends. Still, as friendly as Gemini animals are, they may not be much for cuddling. This pet is also pretty independent, so be vigilant about keeping yours indoors or on a leash if you don’t want them to wander. Gemini animals love being talked and sung to, so keep the conversation going if you want to keep your friend’s attention. Gemini animals can also have two distinct sides to their personalities; don’t be surprised if your pet tends to be a bit Jekyll-and-Hyde. One minute your Gemini cat is purring contentedly in your lap, and the next, the claws come out! Finally, be patient with your Gemini pet when trying to teach commands, housetraining or anything else. This animal is very bright and quick-witted, but is also energetic and distractible, so lessons may have to be repeated several times before they stick.

Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)

Where’s the favorite spot in the house for a Cancer cat or dog? Curled up someplace cozy. A warm, stable home environment is highly important for this sensitive and loving animal. Cancer dogs can really benefit from crate training, since they feel most secure when they have access to a safe, comfortable den that’s all their own. Since Cancer animals are quite emotionally sensitive, do your best not to fly off the handle if they have a housetraining accident or track mud into the house. Similarly, if your Cancer pet repeatedly displays bad behavior, take it as communication — a message that all is not right in your furry friend’s world. Be as patient and loving as possible, especially if you adopted your Cancer pet as a rescue animal. This animal thrives on security and stability, and it can take time to build trust. Once that bond is forged, however, you’ll have a loyal and devoted companion for life. Cancer pets are also quite protective of their humans, which can make it tricky when new friends, pets or family members are introduced to the household. Again, practice patience. A firm, loving and nurturing approach works best with Cancer animals. The positive side of that protective nature is a faithful friend who will stand by his human family no matter what.

Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)

The award for Best in Show should rightfully go to your Leo dog or cat — even if there is no show! In a Leo animal’s mind, all the world’s a stage. Give your Leo pet plenty of opportunities to show off her many skills and you’ll have a happy animal indeed. This furry friend loves being cooed at, stroked, having his fur brushed until it gleams — anything that makes him feel pampered and adored. After all, every Leo pet is confident that he’s the sun around which the whole family revolves. And Leo animals give as good as they get. They make loving, generous and devoted pets, and are often great with children. Since they love to perform for an audience, they tend to be quick at learning new tricks and commands. Just be demonstrative in your affection by giving out plenty of treats, caresses and compliments. A Leo dog or cat that doesn’t feel properly adored, or worse, that feels unfairly criticized, can quickly become grumpy and depressed. Do your best to stay even-tempered, even when your Leo pet breaks the rules (or that expensive heirloom vase). Leo animals tend to have lots of energy, so make sure yours gets plenty of exercise. An agility class for dogs or a good kitty tower is a great investment for this natural performer.

Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)

Shy around strangers but devoted to loved ones — that’s the Virgo cat or dog. When new human friends visit, your furry friend might make himself scarce; Virgo animals aren’t known for their gregariousness with unfamiliar people and pets. But when it’s just the family alone together, this pet’s true affection comes out. Virgo pets can make excellent service animals, and Virgo dogs love performing tasks like fetching your newspaper or slippers. These animals thrive on routine, so do your best to schedule feeding times and daily walks at the same intervals every day. If that routine is thrown off, the Virgo pet suffers. For example, if life gets unpredictable due to a move, a divorce or a new relationship in his human companion’s life, this sensitive animal can become quite anxious. Virgo animals can tend toward obsessive or compulsive behavior, especially scratching, licking and chewing. Keep an eye out for these behaviors, as they are likely indicators that your pet is feeling stressed. Virgo animals also prefer a clean, orderly and healthy environment, so make sure their bedding is cleaned regularly. Your pet will also appreciate regular baths, having her fur brushed thoroughly, and being fed a nutritious diet. With a patient and consistent touch, you can help your Virgo cat or dog blossom into a confident, happy companion.

Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)

Harmony and affection — these are a Libra dog or cat’s idea of a wonderful life. This animal thrives in a household full of love, in which everyone gets along well together. Fighting and discord, on the other hand, can really cause this peace-loving animal to feel stressed, and that goes for discord between the humans in the house or between the animals. A noisy argument between two people will either have this kitty or pup acting as peacemaker or send him running to a safe hiding place. Once harmony is restored, all is well once again in the Libra pet’s world. Since partnership is a way of life for this animal, it’s a great idea to adopt another dog or cat for your furry Libra friend to play with. Just be sure to intervene when spats break out between two animals competing for your attention. Also, be as fair as possible in doling out treats, affection and discipline; your Libra pet is sure to notice any imbalances. If your Libra animal is an only pet, he’s likely to see you as his partner; he will stick close by your side and do everything possible to please you. For that reason, Libra pets can be highly trainable and obedient companions. They make wonderful family pets due to their sweet and sociable natures and their eagerness to oblige the humans they adore.

Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

As sweet, tame and domesticated as they might seem, Scorpio dogs and cats have a wild side, and their human companions should be aware! You might find your Scorpio dog howling at the full moon or your Scorpio cat hissing as she stalks an unknown prey. These animals are complex, emotional and full of secrets. If you find that small items from your household keep disappearing, check your Scorpio pet’s favorite hiding places — you just might find a stash of pet toys alongside your own lost possessions. Scorpio animals also have a jealous streak, and for this reason, they may be happiest as your one and only furry companion. Life can get a little too complicated for a Scorpio dog or cat if there are other pets around, competing for your attention. Your Scorpio animal loves to have a sense of power and control; you might find him leading you on walks rather than the other way around. It is important to guide these pets with loving yet firm discipline. Otherwise, if a Scorpio animal is allowed to dominate the household, behavior may result that is destructive not only to your shoes or furniture but to the relationships among everyone living there. As long as the humans in the house emphasize training, consistency and, above all, an affectionate bond, the Scorpio dog or cat will thrive.

Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)

The most important thing for you to know about your Sagittarius animal is that he prizes his freedom. Keep your Sagittarius kitty restricted indoors or your dog chained up in the yard, and you’ll create a very unhappy animal indeed. But if you can find ways to let your furry friend roam — within safe, reasonable limits, of course — you will nurture her sense of independence as well as her self-confidence. It’s a good idea to microchip these animals, in case they roam so far that they actually get lost. Sagittarius pets are extremely gregarious, so take them on outings whenever possible to satisfy their social needs. Sagittarius dogs make excellent travelling, hiking and camping companions (and your kitty might surprise you on that level, too!). These animals are very high-spirited and energetic, so be sure to provide them with lots of opportunities to exercise. And finally, try not to take it too personally if your Sagittarius pet isn’t quite as devoted to you as you might prefer. These animals have an easy-come, easy-go approach to life, and that can include their human companions. You might find out your Sagittarius cat has two or three other households that consider her their own! If so, take it as a testament to this animal’s friendly, free and loving spirit.

Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)

Hardworking and trustworthy — that’s the Capricorn dog or cat. These pets thrive when given a trick to learn or a task to perform, so training is both important and effective with these animals. Be sure to reward good behavior, as Capricorn dogs will work hard for a treat. Routine is also big in a Capricorn animal’s life; these pets need a sense of security, so try to schedule walks or other exercise and feedings at the same times every day. That sense of regularity will help your Capricorn pet feel safe and confident, and in return, he will gift you with unrivaled devotion. Trust is important with Capricorn pets, so be patient if you adopted yours as a full-grown dog or cat. It may take her some time to start feeling secure enough to be affectionate with her new human companion. Even when you’ve lived with your Capricorn pet for a long time, however, don’t be surprised if he is still occasionally aloof, preferring solitude to company. This usually isn’t a sign of depression or disconnection; these animals simply need more alone time than other dogs and cats. Capricorn animals tend to make excellent family pets since they can be relied upon to follow the rules and protect the humans they love.

Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)

Aquarius animals march to the beat of their very own drummers, that much is certain. Your Aquarius dog or cat is likely to have a unique, distinctive personality — that’s why you love him so! These are very friendly animals, but they can also seem somewhat aloof. Your Aquarius kitty might prefer hunting imaginary mice behind the couch to curling up in your lap, and your Aquarius dog may spend more time out in the yard than in the house with his human companions. Still, these animals are capable of great devotion to the humans they love. Once you forge an affectionate bond, your Aquarius pet will be your loyal friend forever. Give your Aquarius dog or cat as much independence as possible, within the limits of safety; you might consider microchipping your pet, in case he wriggles out of his collar or wanders far from home. Aquarius animals thrive on new and exciting experiences, so if possible, bring yours along when you travel or go hiking or camping. Finally, Aquarius animals tend to have a rebellious streak, so be patient with housetraining and other rules of the house. Your Aquarius dog or cat is highly intelligent but might rebel against an overly disciplinarian approach. Stay calm, firm and loving, and you’ll have a happy and devoted furry friend for life.

Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)

Your Pisces dog or cat is a sensitive and deeply feeling animal, and you may find that he’s quite attuned to your emotions. When you’re happy, your Pisces pet is ecstatic. When you’re sad, she’s in your lap, licking your face or rubbing her furry body against you, doing her best to provide any comfort she can. That’s one of the best things about having a Pisces animal in your life — the unconditional devotion he gives you. Your job as his human companion is to return that devotion in kind. Pisces animals’ emotional sensitivities can often translate to physical ones, so watch for signs of depression or anxiety, such as bald patches in the fur, glassy eyes, or compulsive scratching or licking. These are likely indications that your Pisces pet needs some attention, whether simple affection or an actual visit to the veterinary clinic. It can also be tough to tell whether your Pisces pet is simply relaxed or if she’s actually feeling lethargic, so keep track of her food and water intake to be sure she’s in good health. Some Pisces animals are escape artists, so if yours spends any part of the day outdoors, be sure the fence around your yard is secure. Finally, just give your Pisces pet lots and lots of affection. With their gentle, adoring natures, Pisces dogs and cats tend to make wonderful family pets.

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