How to interpret a dream involving cats

Cats are one of the most iconic dream symbols that connect the dreamer towards their creativity, feminine, unconscious emotions, sexuality and independence.

Depending on your own understanding of these hidden traits the cat is known to attack the dreamer until they become aware of them. Cats are enigmatic symbols that contain both good and bad characteristics that often remains unconscious to the dreamer.

They have the ability to bring us towards spiritual enlightenment, creativity, balance, independence and intuition; as well as shadow side, neurotic behaviors, or a feminine threat. Cats are commonly known to appear in our dreams when you are being provoked by a catty individual.

Furthermore the meaning may alter depending if you are a male or female, or cat or dog lover. According to Carl Jung cats represent the Anima or his inner feminine, symbolizing how well a man relates to women in his life, as well as his intuition. A women however might dream of a cat as a reflection of her unconscious behaviors.

Cats are known to bring wisdom to the dreamer encouraging them to explore the unknown side to their mysterious personality. Whether if it a symbol that represents your spirit or to become less timid this powerful omen contains a lot of value.

Why Cats Attack In Our Dreams

Dreaming of a cat attack is a warning of either self sabotaging behaviors, ignoring instincts, or relates to an unprovoked feminine altercation. These so called attacks are often verbal, passive aggressive or emotionally directed attacks. Usually in your dream you will be provided with enough clues to help guide you to the threat.

A man who dreams of a cat attacking connects to a distortion belonging to his unconscious feminine side or anima. Within his own psyche, the anima functions as his soul, influencing his ideas, attitudes and emotions. A poor relationship with his inner feminine will result in the cat attacking.

  • unconscious neurotic behaviors
  • Dominance
  • Impulsiveness
  • Agreeableness
  • Timid Behaviors

Dreaming Of Injured Cat

Sick or injured cats implies that their might be an imbalance between the intellect, the feminine and the intuition. This might suggest that the dreamer may is experiencing difficulty remaining grounded in their authentic self, or perhaps an imbalance between the masculine and feminine energy – yin and yang. A symbol that might want you to examine your relationship with the mother.

Because cats are known to be extremely intuitive a sick cat might suggest you are neglecting or rejecting these innate qualities. This is a symbol that may require the dreamer to tap into this energy field to become more aware of their surroundings.

Black Cat Dream Meaning

A black cat represents fears in using in your intuition and trusting your senses. Sometimes people associate black cats with evil, destruction, and bad luck (see shadow) Alternatively, they appear to be symbols of ignoring your feminine power within.

Kitten Dreams

Kittens are positive dreams hinting at new life and innocence – reflects love, joy and happiness these are great omens for positive things to come. On the flip side their constant need for nurturing brings your attention to immaturity or underdevelopment. Alternatively, noticing a litter of kittens might suggest a new stage in your life for future growth.

Killing A Cat Dream

As disturbing as these dreams might come across it brings your attention to overcoming weakness and killing off negative traits in your life. How did you kill it and why? What was your location? How did you feel when you did it? Sometimes killing is a sign of removing negative aspects that have know become conscious to the dreamer.

A dying cat brings your attention to parts of yourself that might be neglected, or have died off. Possibly linking to the divine feminine, creativity and intuition that might be disconnected. A symbol to bring investigate these areas and bring back life to the cat.

Common Cat Dreams

An angry cat in our dream represents fears or ignoring the feminine attributes. Possibly neglected or unconscious parts of the dreamer that needs attention. Noticing a cat in danger or distress in your dreams it will be hinting at the neglected side of the feminine. Rescuing the cat would be considered a good symbol.

If the cat enters your HOUSE in your dream it connects the dreamer to the mind and the unconscious feminine. Depending on the floor and how it approached you it can have a both negative or positive meaning. The cat has emerged for a specific reason that wants the dreamer to explore intuition, feminine conflict or sexuality.

To dream of both cats and dogs represents the YIN & YANG or feminine and masculine traits. This is the yin and yang, masculine and feminine energy; opposites that have come together. How was the relationship between the cats and dogs? The behaviour will determine if there is underlying conflict. The term ‘raining cats and dogs’ is said to describe particularly heavy rain, that might be connected to your emotional state of mind.

Cat Colors & Meaning:

  • White & Black – The opposites; Yin and Yang
  • Black – Bad luck, negative feminine or shadow
  • White: Pure, spirit and higher consciousness
  • Ginger – Anger or passion
  • Blue / Grey – Intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism
  • Brown – Mother earth, grounding
  • Cinnamon – Wealth
  • Orange – Ambition, vitality, getting rid of bad habits
  • Yellow – Stability, practicality, repression, frustration

Spiritual Meaning Of Cats

Ancient Egypt

Bastet is the Egyptian goddess worshiped as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BCE). She played a very significant role from protecting the home from bad eye, evil spirits and sickness, especially diseases connected with women and children. Bastet was the daughter of the sun god Ra and is affiliated with the concept of the Eye of Ra (the all-seeing eye) and the Distant Goddess linking to transformation.


The ancient Persian religion that may have originated as early as 4,000 years ago had their own theory on cats. The cat Gurbag claims to have been created by the Evil Spirit, and in the Pahlavi texts it is classed in the much despised “wolf species”.


The Cat Sìth is a fairy creature from Celtic mythology, said to resemble a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. Legend has it that the spectral cat haunts the Scottish Highlands was not a fairy, but a witch that could transform into a cat nine times.

Dreaming Of Cats: Dreams are often times a way for the subconscious to pass valuable information to the conscious mind.

Understanding the messages in the dream would be very helpful in the waking life, however, interpretation of the dream messages is usually the difficult part.

Dream symbols mean different things to different people; for a man dreaming of cats might represent a different meaning to that of a woman dreaming of cats.

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Cats In Dreams

It has been said that cats are a symbol of someone’s intuition and that the health status of the cat in your dream will tell if you are taking note of your intuition or neglecting it.

Some interpretations say the presence of cats in your dream is a symbol of femininity, creativity, deceit, power and many other things depending on the dream scenario.

Why You Have Cat Dreams

There are various reasons why you would have cat dreams and they are as follows:-

You Are Ignoring Your Intuition

Your intuition could be telling you things that you don’t want to accept. However, those things could be the ruin of your life. Start paying close attention to your intuition as much as it is telling you things that you don’t like.

It could be time to heed what your intuition is asking and rely less on your own intellect which might seem so stable in your eyes.

If your intuition is telling you that it is wrong to go into business with your long-time trusted friend, or telling you that you should wait a while longer before marrying your new found love then, by all means, heed it.

You might have seen signs of unpleasant things in certain situations but your mind refuses to accept them and take note hence the cat dreams.

Achieved Independence

Since cats are usually self-sufficient, your dreaming of cats might be a symbol of your attained independence.

You might have recently stopped depending on someone or something and instead found your own way of sustaining yourself. If that is the case then do not be surprised if cats show up in your dream.

Deceit In Your Life

Sometimes the presence of a cat in your dreams might be a symbol of deceit. Some people might not be entirely honest with you. You might be living in circumstances that are shrouded in deceit.

The deceit might be coming from you or from those close to you and you are clueless. It might be time to start examining aspects of your life and not just take everything at face value.

You Are A Lover Of Cats and Have them in your Home

Are you a lover of cats? Do you have a couple of cats in your home? Or is your bedroom and living room plastered on the walls with images of cats and that you own many cat T-shirts and Cat-branded bags?

If that is the case then do not be surprised if you dream of them as well. It might just be your minds way of showing you the things that are often on your mind and in this case, it is the cats.

Common Cats Dream Scenarios

There are various common cats dream scenarios and they are as follows:-

Dream About Kittens

Full grown adult cats are often associated with stability and self-reliance but kittens, on the other hand, are helpless. When you dream of kittens then this could be an indication of your feelings of vulnerability or helplessness.

Dreaming Of Angry Cats

It is a common belief that cats are a symbol of femininity or womanhood. When you see angry cats in your dream and if they are especially angry at you then it could be an indication that you could be having issues with the female people in your life or simply facing issues related to your feminine identity.

If the angry cats in your dream are attacking and biting you then that could also be an indication of your fear or frustration because things could not be going as you planned.

Dream Of Saving Cats

When you dream of saving cats, this could be an indication that you are making efforts to earn your independence and power. This might also be an indication of your desire to help others join the right path in life.

Dream About Cats Playing

When you have this dream where cats are chasing each other and rolling around, then this could be an indication that you need to loosen up and allow some play into your life. Find a way to have fun and let all your playful nature out.

Forget work and the stresses of life for a while and go out there and fun good fun. It could be with your kids or with your friends and relatives, just let your inner child out to play.

Dream About A Large Group Of Cats

When you dream of a large group of cats, this could be an indication of your lack of focus in your life.

The large group of felines running around in your dream shows that there are a lot of things going on in your life, that you are losing sight of the important things that you should be focusing on.

Dream About Black Cats

When you dream about black cats, this could be an indication of your fears and the unpleasant things in your life.

If you believe that black cats are a symbol of bad luck or evil, then that could be the reason why black cats are showing up in your dream.

However, the widespread notion that black cats are a symbol of evil or bad luck is totally wrong and became widespread during the witch-hunt period.

This could be the reason why many black cats aren’t getting adopted in the shelters and why you dream about them because best represent what you believe.


Cats have lots of artistic and mythological symbolism that is attached to them. They are one of the most familiar sights in our daily lives which makes them the ideal dream fodder for the subconscious mind.

Remember as much as you can about your cat dream for a more accurate interpretation. Once you understand what the dream means, you will be in a better position to make good decisions concerning your life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article !

Dreaming of Cats: Sometimes people email me questions I might think are important to everybody else. I can a question about cat dream meaning, and I decided to publish it here because I thought it could be useful to other people.

The following is the question and answer about dreaming of cats and interpreting these feline dreams.

Question: “I’ve been dreaming of cats. I’m not sure about cat dream meaning. I did some research, and was a little disturbed. Dreaming of cats isn’t a very good thing according to my research. It can symbolize deceit or bad luck.

Avia, do you have any other information you can share about dreaming of cats? I read your page on the symbolism of cats (domestic), but urge you to offer a little bit more about cat dream meaning. Thank you!”

Avia’s Response to
“Dreaming of Cats and Cat Dream Meaning”

I believe that negative stuff comes from the fact that cats are wildly misunderstood. They are highly unpredictable, precocious, fickle and not easily pinned in a categorical behavior.

Consider…cats have been “domesticated” since ancient Egyptian times. But are the really domestic? Are they really tamed? Hardly. Cats do what they want to do. They simply do not respond the way a dog would. Most dogs want to please their masters. Cats…not-so-much.

Cats are their own masters. There are some exceptions, but most cats could care less about pleasing their owners. In fact, I rather think cats would shudder at the thought of being ‘owned’.

I think these observations might be a good root for symbolism for cats in dreams. Cats in dreams may imply an element of unpredictability in life. Dreaming of cats may suggest a time of wildness – a bit of chaos. You may simply be in a time where you can’t control your environment or situation. But that’s okay. Thankfully, the cat has 9 lives (so the myth goes). That means whatever unpredictable shenanigans going on in your life with even out eventually. Cats always land on their feet, and so will you.

The second level of symbolism is the cats refusal to be domesticated or tamed. In dreams, cats give a “free pass” at going wild. Being free. Allowing yourself to break from conformity and convention. In this light, cats in dreams encourage you to be your own boss, do your own thing, and be a little sassy about it.

No doubt…cats have attitude. Just because their behavior is often misunderstood, doesn’t mean they don’t have an agenda. I like to think cats do have an agenda…they thrive on being unique…being themselves….being free to do and act in ways that suits them.

Cats in dreams may ask you to take a look at what’s holding you back. Are you bound by convention? Are there influences in your life that are holding you back? The big take-away point here is this: Define what you “should” be doing versus what you want to do. Cats in dreams remind us that what we “should” do isn’t always what is healthiest.

If you eliminate your “should’s” consider the replacement “could’s” or “wants”. In other words, if you didn’t have to do what is expected of you, what would you do? I think that’s what cats in dreams represent.

Thank you for your email, and I hope this response offers you some clarity on your dream cats.

I’ve written more about cats in dreams, and cat meaning in general. Check out the links below for more information.

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