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Because a cat is often an easy source of physical contact and affection it can depict the need to be cared for and warm affection, even sexual love accompanied with intense warm feelings.

But cats live by their own wits and do not need an owner to walk of care for them, just food and comfort. So a cat can represent a form of street wisdom learned through stress.

You may have felt a lot of affection from a cat, and so associate it with sensual, or even sexual pleasure. It can also represent your need to care for someone or be cared for, to have close physical contact.

Example: ‘I went to the fridge to get out some mincemeat to feed the cat. It came in. As it fed I had a strong urge to touch it, such strong feelings of love were pouring out of me. The animal looked up at my face as I wanted to kiss it. The lips had pink lipstick on. I kissed it, it’s paw came up around my arm, I could see the black claws. We were rolling around on the floor, it felt very sexual.’ Monica.

A male cat can represent male sex drive.

For some women cats are a substitute baby, it is therefore used in many dreams to represent a woman’s urge or need to care for someone, or directly her need to reproduce, or be involved in sex. Therefore it is often used to signify a woman’s creativity, which is a very real part of a woman’s makeup. It is obviously linked with sexuality as that is a woman’s creative process, but it doesn’t have to be sexual as it can flow in any direction she chooses. So it can flow into creating a real or dream baby, or become a creative project or business idea.

The cat can therefore also link with refined female sexuality or ruttiness unless the cat is markedly a tom. See A Woman’s Creative Power

The term ‘catty’ refers to a spiteful woman, showing one’s ‘claws’, jealousy, anger or vindictiveness in a relationship. In this aspect it might refer to ones mother; independence; stealth; fertility. So if the cat in your dream is angry it might depict yourself if female, or feelings about a female friend.

Because cats are independent and often alone, they may represent the secret part of yourself, or independence. See: Kitten; Animal;

In a man’s dream it may refer to a woman or to the female, intuitive side of his nature. The cat can be your intuition and feelings, perhaps warning you, through its sensitivity to moods, or unseen dangers. In some dreams it indicates cattiness – showing one’s ‘claws’, jealousy, anger or vindictiveness in a relationship. It might refer to your mother, independence, stealth, or fertility.

In some dreams the cat definitely represents the fear of bad news or general fears, especially if it is a black cat.

If you have bred cats it may well represent your own, perhaps unconscious, desires to have a baby.

Jungians see the cat as representing a deep psychological secret, a hidden side of ones nature, the shadowy less obvious or outwardly displayed side of your nature. This is most likely because cats go about their business without any attempt to explain themselves or to accommodate us poor humans. Also they are creatures of the night very often, and live a dark life. Prior to the custom of neutering a cat and, in the US, removing its claws, this dark life was often very noisy and obviously sexual and aggressive. Left to itself the cat is a master predator

The cat is thought to have first been domesticated in Egypt about 2000 BC, and all modern cats are said to be descendents of them. They are desert creatures and so do not pant in the heat as dogs do, and are also easy with freezing desert nights. They do not like rain though. The Egyptian name for cat was ‘miu’ or he or she who mews. Although the cat never became a fully acknowledged god figure as the jackal and hippo did, it was perhaps the most popular. She was known as Bastet or Bast, and a household goddess, the protector of women, children and domestic cats. She was also known as the goddess of sunrise, music, dance, pleasure, as well as family, fertility and birth.

But there was a negative side known as Sekhmet the goddess of war and pestilence, though later tamed by Ra to become the protector of humans.

EXAMPLE: My husband died over a year ago, and I live alone, no pets. Yet I dreamt I opened my front door and there was a cat waiting to be let in. It was my cat, and I knew I hadn’t fed it for ages or looked after it. I felt awful that I had neglected it for so long. The strange thing was that the next day as I walked around the supermarket, I kept wanting to go to the cat-food section to buy food. – Winnie P. – Exeter

In losing her husband Winnie has lost her source of given and receiving affection.

EXAMPLE: I was with a young boy and went to his house. I believe his mother was there and a cat. The vivid part was that the cat spoke to me. It spoke in a rather female voice, very clearly. As it spoke I felt great amazement. I had lots of thoughts about how it had learned language – that it could speak because of human language – what did language do to its psyche – and so on. I didn’t reach any conclusions. I noticed as it spoke that it had tiny lips, but they were perfectly formed like a woman’s. They had lipstick on – or at least were red and attractive. Ben.

Ben’s dream has a mixture of sexual attraction, femininity and the ability to express in it.

EXAMPLE: I am sitting in the hotel staff room eating lunch at a large dining table. One by one I am joined by perhaps a dozen women. The atmosphere is pleasant, easy and light hearted. I enjoy the feeling of being the only male among a dozen attractive women. Then I notice a strange thing. One by one all the girls around me turn into cats, but carry on laughing and talking as if nothing is happening. I find this interesting and not alarming. I am aware each girl turns into the sort of cat that is right for her – a vivacious redhead becomes a purring orange tabby; an aloof, slightly superior lady becomes a Siamese; the only ex-girlfriend of mine present becomes a black witches familiar.

I remember turning to my left and asking: “Tell me Rebecca, how did you do this?” The Rebecca cat giggles with a human voice and says: “He doesn’t have a clue, does he?” As I look at the Rebecca cat I realise she still has her human eyes. This I realise is true of all the cats, they have human eyes in feline faces. As I realise this one says: “I think he’s beginning to understand now” and laughs. Paul C. Teletext.

This graphic dream so well illustrates how our human personality exists within our animal drives and urges.

Example: I was with a young boy and went to his house. I believe his mother was there and a cat. The vivid part was that the cat spoke to me. It spoke in a rather female voice, very clearly. As it spoke I felt great amazement. I had lots of thoughts about how it had learned language – that it could speak because of human language – what did language do to it – and so on. I didn’t reach any conclusions. I noticed as it spoke that it had tiny lips, but they were perfectly formed like a woman’s. They had lipstick on – or at least were red and attractive. Ben.

Ben’s dream has a mixture of sexual attraction, femininity and the ability to express in it.

The next example illustrates how we might not be caring for the natural and instinctive side of us.

Example: ‘I am given an animal to look after, usually somebody’s pet while they are away on holiday. I then completely forget the animal, go away and when I return the animal is either dead or very dried up or has been got at by another animal and is in the throws of dying. When I wake from the dream I feel most dreadful and it is only when I am fully awake and realise it is not true do I feel better.’ Lynda E

Example: Recently a neighbor brought a newborn kitten to my home hoping we would care for it. My daughter, Sydney, cleaned the blood off and put her In a box.  Meanwhile, I left work at five armed with doll bottles and powdered milk.  One evening after feeding her, I was wondering if she would live beyond her current three days old. Before I was fully asleep that night, I saw a picture of her at about seven weeks old, running and playing. She stopped, looked at me and said, “Of course I’m going to live!” Her name is Betsy and she has developed into a big, beautiful kitty that we all adore. Martha Folin

Alley cat:: Sexuality; promiscuity; down on luck.

Black cat: Depends what dreamer associates with it – so may be good luck or bad luck and evil – i.e. events working for or against one; anxiety. The belief of a black cat being evil is a throwback to times when people persecuted women accused of being witches. Their cats were also seen to be evil. Of course if you believe that cats are bad luck, then it may symbolise that for you.

Black cats are invisible in darkness and can apparently appear mysteriously. So they often represent something that arises from the unknown or unconscious. It can therefore indicate a woman’s creativity, which is a very real part of a woman’s makeup. It is obviously linked with sexuality as that is a woman’s creative process – and the black cat therefore suggest her creative potential is emerging from an area she did not known about previously. See Woman’s Creative Power

Bobcats: Bobcats, like other wild animals that are adaptable and can live on the outskirts of human territory, are very ‘street wise’ or capable of surviving despite heavy human hunting.

So in your dream it can depict your survival instinct, and your ability to fight back with real cat zeal. It represents intelligence and patience. Like most cats it is not a pack animal and so is solitary in its habits – and also brings up it ‘kittens’ alone. See cats.

Cat’s claws: Spitefulness; desire to hurt; hidden aggression; clinging, or ‘getting ones claws in someone’.

Cat having kittens: Desire for or feelings about babies or ones own babyhood; fertility.

Cat Cattery: If it is a cattery for breeding it could refer to your feelings about having a baby – or if you breed cats then look at Easy Dream Interpretation. In general it suggest you are having a rest from, or not taking responsibility for your female qualities.

Cat catching mouse: A problem solving activity in you; cat and mouse situation in work or relationship.

Cat’s tail: The tail is a very expressive part of a cat; a very visible and active part, so represent the expression of your instinctive feelings.

Fear of cat: Fear of the female in oneself; fear of females; difficulty in meeting feelings and intuition; sense of danger. See: Animal phobias at the end of the animal section.

Group of cats: Group of women; relating to the different moods or feelings.

If allergic to cats: If you are allergic and dream of a cat it would signify a negative and threatening reaction to a situation or relationship.

Kitten: Feelings about vulnerability or babyhood; feelings about caring for someone or something vulnerable; parental urges, perhaps protectiveness.

Neighbouring cat and kitten:  It could be that you have developed a link with a child that is not your own. If the cat and kitten were not from the same family as yourself, it may show you are making a relationsnhip with a new partner and their child.

Speaking cat: Ability to express feminine feelings, intuition or sexuality; a realisation of feelings of physical hunger or emotional or sexual attraction. See last example below.

White cat: Can represent your feminine intuition and a link with the natural beauty in you.

Wild cat: Stealth, ferocity, intelligence, cunning, ability to survive. Like most cats it is not a pack animal, so suggests living and bringing up children alone.

See: First example under the general information at the end of the separate animal definitions.

Idioms: Copy cat; bell the cat; cat and mouse; cat’s whiskers; cat out of the bag; cat and dog life; cat on hot bricks; something the cat brought in; a cat’s paw; cat among the pigeons; while the cat’s away.

Useful questions are:

What is happening or what am I realising in my relationship with the dream cat(s), and how does that relate to my life?

If I take out the word ‘cat’ from my dream description, and replace it with what I feel about this cat, what would I write?

If there are elements of caring or love in this dream, am I looking after that side of my life?

If this is about a kitten, what are my feelings or desires about my childhood, or about a baby?

See Easy Dream Interpretation; Talking As; Processing Dreams



-Bee 2016-08-14 12:58:50

I had a dream last night about some cats that kept breaking into my house. I was confused because I couldn’t figure out how they continued to get in when I had all the doors and windows locked . Everytime I would open the door to let them out they get back in somehow. There was one fluffy cat that when I shooed it away it wouldn’t move at all. There was also a gray cat (like the cat in the movie cats eye) that kept walking around in the background like the leader.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-16 9:26:52

    Dear Bee – In your dream you become aware that you repress part of your feelings and/or desires; “I was confused because I couldn’t figure out how they continued to get in when I had all the doors and windows locked.”
    You also become aware that repression does not make the feeling or desire go away.
    It can make however that in your waking life you are not aware of it anymore, although it is still present in your mind.
    To help you explore your feelings and to feel more at ease with what lives in your inner world you could use “Being the cat”; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    Opening up in general could be a helpful approach too; http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/
    Anna :-)


-Shannon 2016-08-26 17:53:32

I had a dream about a white cat last night. It was in a big huge jail looking cage. It had a pulley connected to it by a harness. Someone had placed a bowl of food in front of it, and every time the cat would eat the food too voraciously, someone would pull the pulley and the cat would be raised into the air. I asked no one in particular why they were doing that to the cat. And I want to say that the cat telepathically told me that it was to train the cat to not eat too much. I was not upset, but felt bad for the cat. Is there a personal meaning to the dream, for me?


-Lainey 2016-09-01 4:11:00

I had a dream that my boyfriend and I bought a new apartment and we absolutely loved it and the small garden it came with. Then suddenly we had a cute little grey kitten who we were showering love and attention on. It got bigger through the dream and because it couldn’t go outside yet we clipped its claws and filed them. The cat was sitting on the floor infront of me as I filed them, she was staring at me and all of a sudden she picked the file up herself and started copying me on her other paws! Then she spoke to me and said “you’re doing it wrong, you dislocated my finger”. I felt absolutely terrible I had hurt her and was shocked it could talk but just went with it and said “sorry, I’ll take you to the vet” then she said “no it won’t be open”. The cat then stood up on hits hind legs and walked into the laundry where there was a pram with a snake in it and the cat jumped in and the snake spiraled around her and they fell asleep in the pram rocking back and forwards by itself. I had a fight with my boyfriend because I thought the cat hated me but loved him! Then the dream continued and the cat turned into a little human girl about 6 years old. She still slept in the laundry but she came into the other rooms of the house as I was decorating the rooms and would kind of taunt me and be mean – I followed her back into the laundry to see if she was alright and she had her back to me but I could see she had put a mask on her face and as I touched her shoulder to comfort her she turned around and shouted boo with the mask on trying to scare me. I could see her eyes through the mask and she was upset and angry that I wasn’t scared. Then my mum came over to see the new apartment and I pulled her into the study and told her our cat had turned into a little human girl overnight. My mum thought I was being crazy and I argued back saying I was completely sane but I knew I sounded like a lunatic when the little girl walked past us and smiled at me misvhievoously and sat crossed legged on the carpet. I made my mum turn around to look and she did but all she could see was a real cat and thought I was crazy! To prove her wrong and annoy the little girl I went over to her sitting on the carpet and pretended I couldn’t see her as a human and treated her like a cat again – I bent down and patted her head as if it was a cats back and pulled up her plait as if it was the cats tail and kept saying “oh you’re such a cute little cat” all the time the little girl was getting angrier and angrier and flinching and pulling away from me. Then I woke up!


-Martin 2016-10-25 15:34:03

Please Help!
I read everywhere that dreaming a cat is bad. In my dream I am sitting at the table when suddenly a fat gray cat starts scratching my leg and just before it bites me my sister appears with a broom and fights it off me.


-kathleen 2016-11-05 14:50:48

I dreamed about a a red cat coming up the stairs, after I had ran off a lot of snakes at the foyer. My mom was asleep at the top of stairs. It was a very confusing dream………..any suggestion as to what it might mean?


-Daphne 2016-11-19 15:39:10

I dream last night that my ex was holding a cat in his hands and all of sudden I heard a pop noise.
Then I saw that he split the head of the cat in 2 but no blood.


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