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 remain 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 we are provoked by a “catty” individual.
The meaning of a cat dream may change, 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 woman however might dream of a cat as a reflection of her unconscious behaviors.
Cats are known to bring wisdom to the dreamer and encourage them to explore the unknown side of their personality. Cats, both as a symbol that represents your spirit, or an inspiration to be less timid, are powerful omens that contain 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 unprovoked feminine altercations. These feline attacks are often verbal, passive-aggressive, or emotionally directed. 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
- Timid Behaviors
Dreaming of Injured Cats
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.
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 are, they bring your attention to weaknesses that you must overcome, and lead to “killing off” negative traits. 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 of yourself that 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. 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 or opposites that have come together. How was the relationship between the cats and dogs? Their behavior 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
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.
Spiritual Meaning Of Cats
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.