Aquarius (the water bearer): January 20 – February 18
Cardinal element: AIR
Ruling planets: URANUS, SATURN
Earth color: VIOLET
Astral colors: BLUE, PINK, NILE GREEN
Gems: AMETHYST, SAPPHIRE, OPAL, TURQUOISE
Mineral element: ZINC
This post is dedicated to my Aquarius Tonkinese Cat, Romeo to whom I also dedicated my fourth and latest cat book, The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, which I co-wrote with holistic veterinarian, Jean Hofve, DVM. There are several photos and stories in this book that feature Romeo and the lessons he taught me.
I am not sure if it was the fact that Romeo was an Aquarian (born January 29th) or whether he was just that one in a million cat that came into my life who seemed to understand every word I said, but he surely sounds like an Aquarius to me and fits the profile “purrfectly.”
Whether or not you believe in astrology, astrology for cats can be fun! You don’t need to know the exact birthday of your beloved felines – you can just peruse the personality traits here and see what fits or what doesn’t, simple as that.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus.
Aquarius is an air sign, with an elementary quality of wet heat.
This sign governs the legs, ankles, circulatory system, and blood.
Aquarius is one of the six masculine signs of the zodiac and is known to be strong, trusting, fearless, and courageous, but also sensitive. There are six masculine and six feminine signed that alternate around the zodiac circle. Think of this like yin and yang.
The Aquarian cat is incredibly psychic. To say he is deep is an understatement as he just seems to know things without knowing how or why he knows. There is nothing average about the Aquarius cat. He’s the most precocious cat or kitten in the entire house, and becomes top cat before you know it. He loves his freedom and is fiercely independent, but also extremely affectionate.
It doesn’t matter whether your Aquarius is actually male or female, neutered or spayed, because they love to dominate everyone and everything and just seem to naturally take command.
Aquarian cats will also talk to you incessantly, almost in whole sentences. Just one “meow” won’t do…they will utter a string of them and often howl at the top of their lungs! Once there was a tiny little garden snake in the house and Romeo yowled at the top of his lungs for me to come see his new friend and much to his chagrin I ushered this interloper back out to the garden.
Most Aquarian cats love people and tolerate other pets nicely, but they know you love them best and share that secret with you. They’ll ignore you sometimes when you call them, but they will ultimately come running when they’re ready to – but that is usually just a few minutes later than you might have liked. They will come when called but only on their terms, not yours.
They’re unpredictable and contradictory – one moment calm and docile and then suddenly wound up like a tornado!
They are great eaters and do very well on a species-specific feline carnivore diet. They are also very good athletes. Aquarian cats love to climb as high as they can and dive-bomb from the top of the shelves, drapes, or cat trees. They’ll spring up from the ground into the air and expect you to catch them. They’ll ride on your shoulders like a scarf. They often love to do somersaults and roll over on their backs, sometimes falling asleep in that position, a hilarious sight.
With this perpetual clown, you’ll never know what to expect. He can become best friends with a dog, a pot-bellied pig, or even a horse or a goat!
My fearless Aquarius cat Romeo loved our Collie and all the animals he had the pleasure of meeting. He even worked on some film gigs with me. One day on the set of a print modeling job, which had multiple animals on set, we were strolling around checking everyone and everything out. Romeo, on a leash, pulled ahead of me and marched right up to get a good sniff of a black leopard, who was lying down peacefully. When Romeo got close enough for his sniff, the leopard stood up and Romeo, as if to say “oops” started pulling me away from this huge cat over to where the slightly smaller Canadian Lynx was lounging on a chaise lounge. I donít think he thought anything of it as they had a little look at each other and then Romeo moved on to his next exploration which was a quick jump onto the lap of a fully clothed chimp, who was sitting in a directors chair. He actually seemed to adore that chimp and they groomed each other for quite some time.
One time in our movie behavior class, where we trained together for many weeks to learn how to work on set, he made friends with a huge Iguana and also became famous for taming the fiercest cat in class, a Maine Coon, whom our instructor had to block off from the rest of the group with yellow police tape! She wound it all around his corner of the classroom like a crime scene on Castle. This big “bruiser” of a cat would swat people who came near him with his claws unsheathed.
We all were using raw filet mignon to feed our cats as training treats after they performed their various operent behaviors. These bits of filet were stowed in our own little treat dishes at each of our assigned places in the classroom and after Romeo devoured everything on his little treat dish, he sauntered over to Bruiser and polished off his treats as well, much to the amazement of Bruiser’s companion. But Romeo could never do wrong as everyone and everything loved him everywhere we went together. He actually liked to travel and stay in hotels with me, travel in the car and, yes, walk on a leash!
Aquarians are so outgoing and fearless that these other creatures and gentle giants just seem to accept them as one of their very own. I guess you might say that it is confidence at work as it certainly seems to be the trait that can overcome the differences between many different species.
Aquarius just seems to have a capacity to love beyond that of any other sign in the zodiac. You might say I am a little prejudice in this regard towards Aquarians but really how can you help but love them back?
Portrait of Romeo by Nazim Artist