We all know that weird things appear in our dreams, including people, items, or places that we have never seen in our waking lives. But have you ever dreamed about cats? If you are a cat lover, chances are that your cat (whether from the past or present, alive or deceased) or a cat has appeared in at least one of your dreams. Cats may feature in non-cat-lovers’ dreams, too. How you feel about cats will usually affect how cats appear in your dreams (i.e., if you hate cats, that dream becomes a nightmare). Here, we will discuss dreams about cats and what they mean.
What Do Cat Dreams Mean?
If you have dreamt about a cat, the interpretation of that dream is very dependent upon how you feel about cats. Your own experiences, feelings and thoughts about cats will affect how your cat dream should be interpreted. Sigmund Freud said that cats represented erotic or sexual tension in dreams. Carl Jung, however, believed that cats were a source of inspiration and guidance in dreams. Jung once noted, “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Only by looking into your own heart can you truly discover what your cat dream means. There are some generalizations that we can make about certain types of cat dreams, however.
Dreaming of Cats May Be Associated with Self-Perception
When a woman dreams of cats, it is thought to be associated with her intuition and self-perception. It means that a woman is strongly connected to her femininity when she dreams of cats. Men dreaming of cats could be associated with their own intuition or with women in their lives. Cats in our dreams can be telling us to listen to and trust our own intuition.
If a cat meows in your dream – take notice, as this cat is telling you that you really must listen to your own intuition!
Going a bit deeper, the type of cat that you dream of can have a meaning too.
- If the cat in your dream is loving and healthy and wants to be with you, or is staring at or talking to you, this means that you should trust your intuition.
- But, if the cat in your dream is sick or unhealthy, this could be a warning that you are not listening to your own intuition. It may be a sign that you need to listen to what your own truth is trying to tell you.
- Interestingly, a cat that is missing its tail indicates that the dreamer feels no independence or sense of balance in their waking life.
Dreaming About Kittens May Signal That You Feel Vulnerable
Kittens are a symbol of protection and tenderness in dreams. If you dream about kittens, it might indicate that you feel overwhelmed or vulnerable. Kittens represent your innocent, childlike self. Dreaming of a cat giving birth to kittens means that you are unsure of a new relationship or project you are undertaking. Dreaming of multiple kittens or cats at once indicates that you are overwhelmed as well.
Dreaming of Cats May Indicate That You Are Being Deceived
Cats have long been associated with mystery and deception. Therefore, if you dream about cats, you might suspect that someone is deceiving you. Or, you might be deceiving yourself about something. Once again, you must look inside yourself to discover the dream’s true meaning.
Dreaming Of a Dead Cat Means You Need to Trust Yourself More
Similar to dreaming of a sick cat, dreaming of a dead cat means that you need to listen to your inner voice and trust yourself more. It might suggest that you are too reliant on others for support and advice and not making your own decisions.
Dreaming About a Missing Cat Could Mean That You are Trying to Believe in Yourself
If your dream features a missing or lost cat, it might indicate that you need to believe in and trust yourself more. You must put your own emotional needs above those of others. If you dream of a missing or lost cat who has been abused or neglected, think about your own relationships and examine them for codependency issues.
Dreaming About Wild Cats Can Suggest Independence or Loneliness
If you dream about wild cats, you might feel independent in your waking life, or you might feel lonely. Wild cats appearing in your dreams can also indicate that you are in a dangerous place but that you can overcome any difficulties that you might face.
Dreaming About a Cat’s Litter Box Might Mean That You Are Feeling Guilty
If litter boxes are featured in your dreams, poor you! You might feel guilty or ashamed of something in your waking life. You might also feel taken advantage of by other people. This could indicate that you need to remove something or someone who is toxic from your life.
Dreaming About Cats When You’re Allergic Might Indicate Negativity
If you are allergic to cats in your waking life yet you dream of them, this could mean that you feel negatively towards a relationship or situation in your waking life. You could also have a negative attitude that is preventing you from accomplishing something.
Dreaming Of a Cat Chasing a Mouse Might Be Telling You to Embrace Your Independence
Is the cat in your dream chasing a mouse or playing? This could be telling you to embrace your uniqueness and independence. It could also be telling you to “let your hair down” and reveal your own playful side in your waking life more often.
Dreaming of a Cat Killing and Eating a Bird
If your dream includes a cat killing and eating a bird, this means that you have missed opportunities in your waking life.
Dreaming Of a Cat Attacking You Represents Fear
If your dream features a cat attacking you, you are afraid of something or someone in your waking life. You might want to break free but feel conflicted. You might be having a disagreement with a loved one and are afraid of losing them.
- If a cat is biting you in your dream, this might mean that you are taking too much from others and giving little back to them in return. It may also represent villains in your waking life who are threatening you.
- A cat scratching you in a dream might mean that you are feeling threatened by something or someone in your life.
How you deal with the cat attack in your dream is key to overcoming the obstacle you face in your waking life. If you win over the cat, you will overcome the problem. If the cat wins, your fear and worries about the problem are overtaking you and your mental health and balanced well-being is at stake.
Dreaming About Cats in a House Represents Illusion
If your dream features cats in a house, you lack clarity in understanding the elements of your waking life. You are living in a hazy illusion without direction on what to do next. Cats in a house represent obscurity or fantasy in your real life.
Dreaming of a Cat Drinking Water or Milk Represents Feeling Overwhelmed
If your dream features a cat drinking water or milk, your emotions are overwhelming you. There may be toxic forces in your waking life and relationships.
Dreaming of Killing a Cat Represents Evil Motives of Others in Your Life
If you dream of killing a cat, the evil motives of others in your waking life are being discovered and defeated. This dream actually has a positive meaning, believe it or not.
Dreaming About a Cat with Two Heads Indicates Indecisiveness
If you dream of a cat with two heads, don’t worry — you’re not crazy. You might be indecisive, though. You could be having problems making an important decision in your waking life.
Dreaming About Catching a Cat Means a Wish Will Be Fulfilled
If you chase a cat in a dream and catch it, this indicates that your desires in your waking life may soon be fulfilled. You might even meet your soulmate.
Dreaming About Different Colored Cats May Suggest Different Things
Cat colors can indicate certain things in dreams:
- A white cat in your dreams might mean that you are facing difficulty, confusion or self-doubt in your waking life.
- If a white cat turns and runs away from you in your dream, it means that you have a dream you want to achieve in your waking life but are having problems doing so.
- If a white cat attacks you when you try to touch it in your dream, it means you are having problems achieving something but won’t stop fighting.
- A black cat in your dreams might mean that you have an unresolved fear about something, or that you aren’t trusting yourself enough.
- It can also indicate that you feel regret about something.
- An orange cat in your dreams indicates that you are very creative in your waking life.
- A grey cat in your dreams represents calmness and serenity.
- A dark brown cat symbolizes good news coming your way.
- A blue cat shows illusions and lack of clarity in your waking life.
I have never dreamed of other cats but my deceased cats coming back to me. What would that mean?