Horoscopes For Pets: Cat & Dog Star Signs Explained
February 24, 2020 6:00 AM ‐ Horoscopes
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Pet owners have revealed some of the weirdest things their furry companions have done - including sitting in the toilet bowl, trying to eat candles and walking backwards.
The study of 2,000 cat and dog owners, also found our four-legged friends have been caught barking at nothing, eating mud and even trying to 'dance'. Two-thirds surveyed said their cats and dogs have a 'sixth sense' when it comes to mood changes in the atmosphere.
Acting like a human, trying to do a forward roll, sleeping in an empty bathtub and even sucking on a baby's dummy were also among some of the unusual behaviours cited by the respondents polled by pet wellbeing specialist, ITCHpet.com.
But while animals acting up is seen as funny by many pet owners, psychic astrologer Jessica Adams believes their strange behaviour could be down to a timely astrological phenomenon known as Mercury in retrograde.
She said, "pets can do all sorts of unusual things and a lot of the time we, as humans, can find it thoroughly entertaining. It's what makes our pets so loveable." However, the astrologer believes that our pets quirky goings on might be down to more than just a 'funny five minutes', "it could be due to something called Mercury in retrograde."
Retrograde means that Mercury will appear to us as if it is going backward in its orbit, astronomers refer to this as "apparent retrograde motion," because it is an optical illusion. However, in astrology it's said to be very significant, especially for our pets. Jessica says, "Mercury is the planet that actually rules pets. When it appears to go backwards and forwards, moving in peculiar ways, so does life in general - according to your horoscope."
Jessica explained, "in 2020 we have Mercury Retrograde, and Mercury Petrograde, three times; February and March. June and July. October and November. So, if you think your pet's behaving strangely, the answer is in the stars - with astrology at play."
The study also found that a fifth of those polled agreed their pet's behaviour is unpredictable, with them doing something 'out of character' twice a week, on average. In fact, 23% have even noticed their furry friend acting more unusually than normal during certain times of the year, with 42% citing that snow sends them doolally.
More than a quarter said their cat or dog acts oddly on their OWN birthday - with an equal percentage saying they behave bizarrely on a human birthday. Nearly a third believe their four-legged friends have acted more strangely with age, although 32% believe it's actually all down to Mercury in retrograde.
Tiredness, hunger and stress are also among the factors pet owners believe are contributing to their animal's unusual antics, along with loneliness, excitement, spending time in different locations or even something they've eaten. Unsurprisingly, 23% have even taken their pet to the vets because of quirky behaviour.
Worryingly, just one in 10 believe fleas are a cause of animal antics which are out of the norm, and a third were unaware fleas and worms can affect their pet's behaviour.
Charlotte Harper, co-founder at pet wellbeing specialist, ITCHpet.com, says the odd behaviour could well be down to fleas, she recommends treating your pet for fleas every month. She said, "we love our pets regardless of their weird and wonderful behaviour and celebrate everything about them - from the good, the bad and the ugly, but whether unusual antics are in the stars or not, it's incredibly important to regularly check your pet for fleas and worms, as behavioural differences can also be down to their health and something they aren't able to tell you about."
Jessica Adams breaks down exactly how the Mercury Petrograde might affect your pet below...
Horoscopes For Cats
How Mercury Petrograde Affects Your Cat
The Aries Cat
Hunters who'll head-butt flies or chase dogs - or the postman. On Mercury Petrograde, though, the postman may well chase them.
The Taurus Cat
They are dribblers who love their breakfast and will lick empty food bowls. On Mercury Petrograde, they'll even lick the fridge.
The Gemini Cat
They imitate you, the radio or the dog. They sing along to songs, but usually get the words wrong on Mercury Petrograde.
The Cancer Cat
They miss you so much when you go shopping, they get in the bag. Don't let them sleep on your face on Mercury Petrograde.
The Leo Cat
They like gazing at themselves in mirrors, windows or glass doors. Make sure they don't walk into them on Mercury Petrograde.
The Virgo Cat
Fussy! They sniff food before they eat it. On Mercury Petrograde their tastes may change to the strangest things. Even mud.
The Libra Cat
Romantic Libra cats are enthusiastic bottom-sniffers. Best make sure it's not your bottom on Mercury Petrograde, though.
The Scorpio Cat
The bankers of the cat world. They line up dead mice they've caught. On Mercury Petrograde, the mice tend to line up them.
The Sagittarius Cat
Spiritual animals - but they have been known to eat the candles or incense. On Mercury Petrograde, they may even perform miracles.
The Capricorn Cat
They like to be on top and will scale any Christmas tree they see. On Mercury Petrograde, they've been known to get on the roof.
The Aquarius Cat
They like a gang and will form one with other cats, the dog, or the goldfish. On Mercury Petrograde, they'll even try your neighbours.
The Pisces Cat
They love pond-watching or goldfish bowl gazing. Washing machines, too. Don't let them climb in on Mercury Petrograde.
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Horoscopes For Dogs
How Mercury Petrograde Affects Your Dog
The Aries Dog
They'll bite everything, including your hair. They also like digging floorboards. Especially on Mercury Petrograde. Watch for holes.
The Taurus Dog
They do like chicken. And turkey. And trying to catch sparrows. If their tastes change to caviar, you can blame Mercury Petrograde.
The Gemini Dog
Barking at the TV? Jumping on it? You must have a Gemini dog. Try not to let them answer the phone on Mercury Petrograde.
The Cancer Dog
Home-loving Cancer dogs lick the radiators when it's cold. On Mercury Petrograde, they've been known to carry around logs.
The Leo Dog
Kings and Queens. They look good in Christmas cracker paper crowns. On Mercury Petrograde they may pinch your best hat.
The Virgo Dog
The Virgo dog loves routine and will stand on you five minutes before the alarm. On Mercury Petrograde, they'll be an hour out.
The Libra Dog
They form duets with other pets. On Mercury Petrograde, you might find them answering to their best friend's name instead.
The Scorpio Dog
Sexy! They hump footballs. They have relationships with armchairs. On Mercury Petrograde, their libido may go backwards.
The Sagittarius Dog
Great explorers, they are energetic doggy David Attenboroughs. On Mercury Petrograde, though, they tend to run backwards.
The Capricorn Dog
Organised Capricorn dogs pack their toys away like professionals. On Mercury Petrograde, they may pack your children's too. Oops.
The Aquarius Dog
Friendly Aquarius dogs love social media and won't get their paws off your phone. On Mercury Retrograde, they may start messaging.
The Pisces Dog
Biting hose water or sea waves is their hobby. Also barking at ghosts. On Mercury Petrograde, they may drink out of your mug.
Astrologer Jessica Adams writes about horoscopes for GQ, The Daily Express and Metro. Her cat astrology appears in the new Sunday Times bestseller, A Friend Called Alfie, by Rachel Wells (Avon). www.jessicaadams.com.
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