Stop reaching for your daily horoscope to figure out what’s going own in your life. All you have to do is analyze your pet’s behaviour to get a good, hard look at who you are, or at least how you appear to others. Here’s what your pet’s behaviour says about you…
Hyper & Easily Distracted Pets
Does your cat jump on the counter in pursuit of a fly only to start drinking water from the dripping tap before mauling a dish towel that may or may not resemble a small rabbit? Your kitty’s erratic, unfocused behaviour might say a lot about your own ability to follow through in life. Ditto for dog owners. Everyone on the sidewalk feels a deep sense of embarrassment for the kind of person whose dog goes from barking at a squirrel to lunging at a child’s ice-cream cone in a split second. If your pet can’t keep his cool in the face of distractions, it’s easy to assume that you’re the kind of person who has a lot of unfinished projects.
Well-Behaved & Calm Pets
Are you able to sleep through the night without your cat tapping you with its claws or knocking your keys off your dresser? Does your dog sit patiently in the living room only to rise calmly the moment you’re wearing your jogging gear, signifying it’s time for your afternoon run together? Congratulations, you and your pet not only have great communication with one another, you also have a schedule you clearly stick to that keeps your four-legged friend worry-free. Well-behaved pets often have owners who are organized, reliable and balanced. Your authoritative demeanour instills obedience in your pet, but you lead by example, making you a natural born leader.
If you throw a ball or a stick in your dog’s direction and he lifts his head just to watch it hit the ground, chances are you aren’t at the peak of physical fitness either. If you shine a laser in your cat’s direction and it doesn’t go batsh*t crazy like a 90’s raver at a light show, you’ve failed miserably because cats love lasers. Lazy pets give off the impression that their owners consider grocery shopping a form of exercise and think Cheetos qualify as dairy. If you and your pet recreate Life of Pi on your couch every evening to watch five hours of back-to-back Storage Wars, then you’ve created a four-legged slacker. Now turn on a Kevin Smith movie and pass the bag of chips.
Reserved & Shy Pets
Even pets can be introverts. If your cat takes off for the bedroom whenever you have a guest over or if your dog avoids interacting with other pups at the dog park, you probably keep quietly to yourself the majority of the time too. Not everyone has to warm up to strangers with ease, and both you and your pet prefer the serenity of solitude to extreme social activity. If you got a pet with the hopes it would make you more social, you unfortunately created another wallflower to keep you company instead.
Affectionate & Cuddly Pets
If your pet is waiting by the door for you when you get home and follows you to bed every night for an epic snuggle fest then you’re likely the kind of person who enjoys affection in all forms, from group hugs at work to holding hands with your significant other. Sure, you might get a little jealous when your pet saddles up to one of your friends hoping for a little attention from someone new, but you’re likely the kind of person who spoons with one-night stands. Your pet’s just following by example.
Aggressive & Loud Pets
Do Saturday mornings usually involve piecing together what happened the night before based on how many empty beer bottles are scattered around the living room and whether or not you have a black eye? Have you ever thrown a chair at the TV because Dr. Phil made you angry? If you lead a reckless and wild life, chances are your pet is equally inclined to lash out and throw random fits. An aggressive pet suggests the owner in question has some serious unresolved teen angst to deal with… or an anarchist sensibility that probably shouldn’t involve pet care.
For more self-analyzing: What Your Dog Says About You
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