This Is the Best Pet For You, According to Your Star Sign
We all know that the health benefits of caring for a pet are very real. As a dog person, it's difficult to imagine that there is any other animal more suited to me. The zodiac, however, would beg to differ. By looking at the traits of each zodiac sign, you are able to more accurately figure out which animal companion actually suits you best.
Important disclaimer: There's no need to rush out and adopt an exotic lizard based solely on this article—we are hopefully by now all very aware how wrong exotic animal breeding is. Plus, adopting a pet is a big decision and should be made after plenty of research and thought.
Instead, simply keep scrolling to find out your ideal animal friend and then hit follow on one of the many Instagram accounts that (ethically) celebrates that animal friend to live vicariously through them. Read on to find out which pet is the ideal pet for you according to your star sign.
Libra (24 Sep to 23 Oct)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Rat
You are a social creature at heart, so your pet should be too. Domesticated rats are super friendly and also easy to care for, which means you'll each have plenty of free time to hang out at home.
Scorpio (24 Oct to 22 Nov)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Snake
You are complex and intense, so will get along best with an animal just as mysterious.
Sagittarius (23 Nov to 21 Dec)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Maine Coone Cat
The most dog-like of all cat breeds, the Maine Coone is also beautiful, playful and independent—just like you.
Capricorn (22 Dec to 20 Jan)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Bearded Dragon
These docile, friendly, yet independent lizards make the perfect pet for you. They might not look cuddly, but they'll love catching some Zs in your lap while you watch TV.
Aquarius (21 Jan to 19 Feb)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Your Neighbour's Cat
You love your freedom too much to have your own pet, so just treat the cat next door from time to time and you'll have yourself the perfect sometimes animal friend.
Pisces (20 Feb to 20 Mar)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Sphynx Cat
You are endlessly compassionate and may often rely on your pet pal to cheer you up. The Sphynx cat is a bit of a jester and loves to play, with a unique and complex beauty that you will appreciate.
Aries (21 Mar to 20 Apr)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Golden Retriever
You are determined and full of energy, so you're best off with a highly social pet who will respond well to training. A golden retriever puppy is perfect for you.
Taurus (21 Apr to 21 May)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Guinea Pig
You are a bit of a chiller, which is the polite way of saying you can be a little bit lazy. A guinea pig is the perfect pet for you—low maintenance but cute as heck.
Gemini (22 May to 21 Jun)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Parrot
You are a Chatty Cathy who deserves a pet who is just as chatty. Parrots are famously chatty and also highly intelligent.
Cancer (22 Jun to 22 Jul)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Hedgehog
As a Cancer you are both highly emotional and incredibly nurturing. Hedgehogs love affection and their small size won't be too demanding on your time. (Hedgehogs are illegal in Australia so should you are serious about adopting one you will need to seriously relocate.)
Leo (23 July to 22 Aug)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Dog
There's only one room for a proud lioness in this house, and that's you. Therefore, your ideal pet is actually a fun-loving dog with a never-ending supply of love and enthusiasm.
Virgo (23 Aug to 23 Sep)
Your Ideal Animal Friend: Fish
Simple, elegant, and unlikely to drag mess all throughout your impeccable home—the best pet for you, dear Virgo, is a low-maintenance fish.