Very often depicts your feeling of responsibility or caring; your feelings of affection or need for affection, such as we might feel for a pet.
The pet can depict your natural drives such as procreation, desire to be ‘petted. These feelings may have been ‘house trained’ or caged, or not fed, depending on dream. Therefore the action in the dream will indicate what you are doing with this side of your nature.
The pet can suggest you are feeling like a pet – only being able to do what the person you are dependent upon wishes.
An unfed pet: Often has to do with feelings of responsibility toward caring for someone else, or caring for your own basic needs. Maybe the children have grown up and left, and there is no one to spend your caring and affection on. Or else you are so busy you forget your own needs.
Baby pets: If in a woman’s dream may signify her maternal drive, her desire for children; your own dependent self and feelings.
If we have kept a pet such as is dreamt about: What the pet in the dream depicts depends very much on what your relationship with the pet was. For instance a woman whose daughter kept a rat which was well liked, would have completely different associations and feeling responses in connection with rats than many people.
In the dream of a child: Usually refers to the child’s feelings of being dependent. A pet is a creature that depends on humans – like the child – to feed it and care for it. It cannot make any decisions of its own because it is imprisoned in a cage of some sort. So a child often uses the pet to depict its own condition of dependence and inability to make many of its own decisions. The dream may also be a way to child experiments with ways of developing independence. But pets are frequently sources of great love and affection, so it can represent this side of the child – its need for affection. See: Animals.
Example: My pet mouse had babies. I dreamt that the babies had opened their eyes and were running about. Q.C.
This is the dream of a young boy of five. We explored the dream and he said that a pet was something that couldn’t do anything for itself and needed looking after. When asked if he had any feelings about this he said that he sometimes felt like a pet, as he couldn’t do things for himself without his parents consent.
We looked at what it meant that the babies had opened their eyes, and Q. said that when baby mice open their eyes it means they are ready to be independent. This led him to realise that he wanted to be more independent. So from that time on he started doing more things for himself instead of depending upon his parents.