Dreaming of Cats: What Do Cat Dreams Mean?

Dreaming of Cats: What Do Cat Dreams Mean?

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As passionate animal lovers, our animals often penetrate our subconscious. They not only inhabit much of our day in real life, but they also infiltrate our night, working their way into our dreams. 

So, does it mean something? Obviously, we are not experts in dream analysis – we know how to prepare food full of goodness for healthy cats and kittens.  Also, dream interpretation is very subjective. There is no one answer or “one size fits all” interpretation. Dream symbols can mean different things in different cultures; symbols can also mean different things depending upon how you feel about them. Adding to the difficulty is that dream symbols can have multiple supposed meanings. Whose interpretation is correct? Impossible to say. Join us as we delve into some interesting interpretations about felines in dreams, mostly for your entertainment.  To find out more about us and why "goodness" is our business, read our story.

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Cat symbolism in dreams

One popular interpretation of dreaming of cats is that cats in dreams are a symbol of your intuition and that the health of the cat indicates whether you are heeding or ignoring your intuition. A dream about a sick cat, then, might mean you need to listen to your intuition more and rely less on intellect.

Other interpretations claim cats in dreams symbolize femininity, softness, an independent spirit, creativity, power, misfortune, vulnerability, bad luck, deceit and falseness.

An aggressive cat might suggest difficulty with the feminine aspect of yourself. Being afraid of the dream cat implies there is some fear associated with your femininity. A dream feline may be a symbol for someone in your life who is “catty” or malicious. Being scratched by a cat in a dream suggests you feel threatened.

Dreaming that you cannot find your cat is believed to be a metaphor for your independent spirit, and that you feel someone or something is holding you back. Saving a dream cat’s life suggests you are reclaiming your independence and power.

To see a frisky cat playing in your dream suggests a need to be more carefree and playful in your own life. Cats in your dream can reflect your need to feel loved, or your fear that you’re being untrue to others to make them love you. A house full of cats in a dream represents excessive illusions or things that you believe to be untrue.

Dreams about a wild cat may indicate that a neighbor could be dangerous or that you will have some sort of dispute with them. Dreaming about experiencing a cat attack could be a warning that you’ll be robbed or cheated in some way, whereas cuddling with a cat in a dream suggests your enemies can be “tamed.” A cat biting you in a dream symbolizes the loss of something, typically relating to those closest to you.

While you may interpret dreaming about a dead cat as a bad omen, don’t despair. Apparently, a dead cat in a dream has a positive interpretation. Dreaming of a departed feline can indicate the absence of threat from ill-wishers or the disappearance of an unpleasant person from your life.

What do dreams about kittens represent?

Although adult cats are usually associated with independence and self-reliance, kittens are seen as helpless beings. Dreaming about a fluffy kitten, then, could indicate that you are feeling vulnerable, scared or need help. If you dream of a black and white kitten, in particular, this could indicate that you will have some source of sadness or regret in the near future.

If you experience a dream of kittens fighting with each other, it is said to signify that you have hidden enemies. They might involve activities that sabotage your reputation. 

Dreams about black cats

Since ancient times, the dream meaning of black cats has been a bad omen, with many people still avoiding one every time they see it, however it is theorized by some that to see a black cat in your dream indicates that you are experiencing fear in using your psychic abilities and believing in your intuition. In particular, if the black cat is biting, clawing or attacking you, it is said that your dream could be telling you to acknowledge what your intuition is trying to tell you and to not be afraid to face the situation. Some believe t if you see a white cat that it is a sign of difficult times ahead.

Women and men dreaming of cats

When women dream about cats, the felines are thought to be a symbol of how she views herself. This includes not only her physical body but also her intuition, independence, creativity and relationships with men. When a man dreams about cats, the felines are said to symbolize his attitude towards women, or how he thinks women perceive him. A purring cat means the man thinks women find him attractive and he feels comfortable around women.

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