Virgos could be regarded as the most natural
of pet owners since, in the Great Wheel of the Zodiac, the
sign of Virgo rules all domestic pets - including cats, dogs,
mice and rabbits - while your ruling planet Mercury also rules
Your conscientious and caring nature
makes you ideally suited to looking after animals of all kinds
- although you won’t be over-demonstrative in your affections.
And since you are unlikely to take kindly to scratched furniture
or muddy carpets - your sign is closely linked to cleanliness
- you will happily go to whatever lengths are necessary to
train your pets properly and methodically.
You certainly won’t spoil them,
and will teach your dogs to be obedient and your cats not
to sharpen their claws on the armchairs. You will ensure that
they follow an appropriate diet, banning unsuitable snacks.
And you will be assiduous about both their physical and emotional
needs. Your naturally high expectations will bring out the
best in your animals, but you do need to be careful not to
expect more of them than they are able to deliver.
Choosing the right pet is vitally important for Virgos who
frequently lack balance in their lives. Your need for fresh
air and love of walking makes dogs an obvious choice.
The popular and gentle Shetland sheepdog,
otherwise known as the ‘Sheltie’, is very much
a Virgo dog. Its inherent shyness and lack of self-confidence
means that some Shelties need to be regularly taken out in
public from puppyhood, to acclimatize them to people and noise.
Shelties are highly intelligent, make noisy guard dogs and
go to anxious lengths to round up humans into a neat flock
when out walking.
Cat-loving Virgos should consider owning a tortoiseshell,
a retiring cat which loves being outdoors and is meticulous
about grooming itself. Quiet and frequently timid, tortoiseshells
are ideal for families without children.
Netherland dwarf rabbits are also suitable
for Virgos with gardens since they enjoy fresh air and need
space to exercise. These gentle rabbits are sociable once
they relax although they scamper speedily away from anything
which appears threatening. For that reason they are not ideal
with very young children. They are often kept as house pets
and can be house-trained.
A pet mouse is another option for Virgos
with limited space. Among the smallest of all pets, mice are
easily tamed. They are industrious, constantly in motion,
sociable and communicative with other mice - often in ultrasonic
squeaks. They are also easy to keep and breed.
The suggestions above are merely guidelines
and in no way suggest that there is only one breed or type
of pet which is suitable for any one Zodiac sign. And it is,
of course, essential to know everything there is to know about
buying and keeping any pet before taking it home.