Meeting someone, falling in love, moving in together, and becoming pet parents. It's the modern day love story. If you're ready to take the plunge, then it's worth looking into what the
best first pets for you and your partner are based on your zodiac signs. Of course, before you decide to adopt a pet, consider that some animals live 20 years or more. Being a pet parent is a serious commitment, and before you make it, think through what will happen to Fluffy or Fido if the relationship ends. Personally, my ex and I have shared custody of our cats, so it's definitely possible to work it out.
It's not just dogs and cats: there are plenty of
pets you and your partner can adopt that are a little more unique and maybe better for you two as a couple. Rabbits, birds, turtles, hedgehogs, fish, and more also need good homes. In addition, you'll want to choose a pet that both you and your partner are compatible with. Homebody Cancers partnered with always-on-the go Aries zodiac signs will have to compromise for their first foray into pet parenthood. Signs who like everything just so — yes, Virgo, I'm talking to you — aren't likely to be down with a dog that sheds all over their fastidiously fluffed furniture. If you're looking to get a pet with your partner, here's what to consider based on your zodiac sign. Aries (March 21 – April 19) Shepadoodle Puppy Dog Shutterstock
Rams who never rest need a
pet that matches their lifestyle. If you plan to take primary responsibility for the pet you're getting with your partner, choose a small dog who wants to go everywhere with you. If your partner is a homebody who will chill with your pet while you're out conquering the world, a cozy lap cat is a perfect choice. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Tortoise on the hands of man (African spurred tortoise ),Cute portrait of baby tortoise ,Geochelone sulcata Shutterstock
Taurus, you need a chill pet that's not going to make you anxious. Slow-and-steady turtles are an ideal match for you. If your partner isn't into cleaning a turtle tank, a snuggly rabbit or a loyal dog are also great choices.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) A portrait of a pet parrot. Shutterstock
Gemini, the bird is the word. Aside from companionship, you need a pet that's going to keep you entertained and interested. A pet parrot is perfect for you. If your partner isn't buying into your feathered-friend fantasies, a super smart dog, like a German shepherd, is also a great choice.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Cancer, you need a pet to sit on your lap or smother your face with kisses. A small dog or a super friendly Persian cat are perfect pets for your nurturing nature. If your partner doesn't love these pets, don't worry. This means they might not be the right person for you, and you could end up
choosing your pet over your partner. It's actually really common, so you'll be in good company. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Russian Blue Cat lying on the floor Shutterstock
Look-at-me Leo, you need a pet that's as beautiful and charming as you are.
Russian Blue cats, known for their beauty and engaging personalities, are a perfect match for you. What's more, these cats tend to develop deep bonds with their humans. This means your little darling will give you all the love and attention you desire. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 23) Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Virgo, you want a clean, low-maintenance pet that won't challenge your position as queen of the castle. Getting a pet with a partner is a big deal for you, so it's best to start small. Hedgehogs are quiet and chill. They don't need tons of your attention, but they'll still listen to all of your problems when you need to vent.
Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Libra, while your balance-seeking nature might tempt you to get whatever pet your partner wants, you know you won't be happy if you settle. You need a pet that's both smart and beautiful — and as a Libra who has a beagle, I can attest that beagles make great pets. They're attentive and engaging, and they look like stuffed animals, which makes them super cute and cuddly.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) A little girl holds small ball python. The snake is looking at the camera. Shutterstock
Scorpio, if your partner is willing, a member of the reptile family will appeal to your seductive nature. Consider a pet snake or iguana. Reptiles are rough around the edges just like you, which means you and your snake will be two peas in a pod.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Goldfish swimming in glass jar with their friends. Shutterstock
Sagittarius, even the thought of committing to a person, let alone a pet, is enough to make you bolt. Your wandering nature means you need a pet that's largely self-sufficient. An aquarium of
easy-to-care-for fish is ideal for you. Once you set up your aquarium, you can enjoy your beautiful fish without having to get too involved. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) Children's hands petting two little wild kittens. The concept of respect for human animals. Shutterstock
Capricorn, you love animals. However, you're such a hard worker that you don't realistically have tons of time to care for pets. If you have a willing partner, consider adopting a bonded pair of cats who can keep each other company while you're out taking over the world. Check
Petfinder to find a pair of cats to share your home. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 19) Ferret in the hand of the man Shutterstock
Aquarius, you love to go your own way, and choosing a pet is no exception. If your partner wants a furry pet, suggest a non-traditional fur baby like a ferret or a guinea pig. These small pets will give you all the love, and they are ideal if you live in an apartment that doesn't allow cats or dogs.
Pisces (Feb. 20 – March 20) Abandoned cat behind the fence in animal shelter. Pet adoption. Playful tabby cat. Shutterstock
Pisces, you want your pet to choose you, and your partner understands this. Go to the shelter together and visit with a variety of pets to see which one opts to select you and your partner as its new pet parents.
The rewards of pet parenthood are many. But before you jump into anything, make sure you understand that having a pet is a big commitment. If you are your partner decide you're ready to take this step, pick a pet that complements your lifestyle and your relationship so you can both experience all the joy that comes with adopting a new friend.