It can often indicate the long suffering basic side of human nature, the which wakes, eats, works, eats again. Watches TV and has sex, without ever striving for anything except animal comforts. Sometimes depicts this side of self, the animal nature that is gradually transformed or left behind.
Cattle can also indicate the work scene where massive amount of people are used, milked and manipulated to be farmed by others.
Example: I felt anger and loathing for what I felt at the time were the cattle human beings were. At the time I despised and hated them. I also felt repugnance at the way people talked about sex or appeared to enjoy it.
Example: I see human beings was herded through the street like cattle. Not only that, for the most horrible thing about it was that those herded was walking with their knees and bare hands as if to say that they are four legged animals. They were led by three men and one of them at the rear to force them ahead if they hesitated to move due to long years of going through all sorts of ground surface, stony, rocky, etc. The friction they received was too much that their hands and feet was cut off or was on the point of doing so. Those that led them herded them through the streets, there was an alarm by the people at the approach of them. Some ran away to avoid seeing such unearthly sight. They came to a certain place and I saw two of those men that led them in a shade, in the market. But of the other man and those that were herded like cattle.