The Meaning Behind Dreams About Cats
This guide to interpreting dream cats covers a few of the most common aspects of cats as dream symbols such as:
- Symbols of Self
- Mystery and Intuition
- Cats in Women's Dreams
- Male Sex Appeal
While reading, one should allow one's own ideas as to what one's cat dream meaning.
Use this guide as a starting point for finding meaning in cat dreams, not as the final word.
Cat Dreams are Rarely Black and White
Cats. If there is one thing to be said about them, it's said in French. They really do have that undefinable je ne sais quoi.
Anything so wonderful, where the only way to describe it is in a foreign language, makes it obvious that they'd be dream symbols.
Dreams themselves are communications that are typically foreign to the waking mind. The unconscious does not impart information in a verbal form like the conscious mind does. The unconscious mind communicates through symbols that must be interpreted if one wishes to understand the communique coming into consciousness from the unconscious.
Think of dreams as messages needing interpretation. Much like how one would need to interpret a message written in a foreign language.
The Self, Shadow, and Anima
When interpreting cats as dream symbols, it is important to rely on one's own associations with cats. Few animals provoke more disparate emotions.
For example, the animal worshipped by the ancients Egyptians is the same one reviled by the Puritans as demonic heralds.
Cats, in addition to being symbolic of more everyday concepts like vulnerability, can also represent some of the deeper concepts in Jungian psychology such as the:
Animals in particular are used as expressions of the Self in dreams. Especially the parts that are hidden, such as visceral emotional responses or impulses that are unconscious. Cats can symbolize those concepts, but they also make for shadow and anima symbols.
As hadow symbols, cats can be "shadow gold." This means that they can stand in for the parts of the self that one secretly prizes and treasures, or symbolize those elements of self one hides and reviles.
As anima symbols, cats represent the female side of the male psyche and how well a man relates to concepts like relating to the intuition.
Cats, more so than dogs, are often prized for and associated with independence and self-sustainability. However, the image of the helpless kitten in the tree is also one firmly ingrained in the collective unconscious.
If one dreams about kittens, especially newborn kittens, or loudly mewing and unseen cats, it may be an indication that the dreamer feels not only vulnerable, but unable to get help.
The dreamer should look to waking life and ascertain if he or she is not being heard, or if the problem is the inability to ask for assistance.
Many times, those who are most independent are also those completely unaccustomed to asking for help.
Dreams of kittens might also mean that the dreamer has embarked on a new project or phase of life that is in a vulnerable state and needs nurturing.
It is important to nuture one's self as much as one nurtures others.
When Women Dream of Cats
If a female dreams about a cat or cats, the cats are usually symbols of how the woman views herself. This personal perception includes not only how the woman thinks of herself physically, but also how she relates to her intuition, her creativity, and how she sees herself in relation to men.
Healthy cats in dreams can indicated that a woman has a high level of self-confidence.
Self-confidence is quite different from arrogance. Self-confidence indicates a sense of comfort with one's self. One feels completely comfortable in one's own skin. One trusts the intuition and the decisions made based on that intuition.
Dream cats in great condition can also mean that a woman is comfortable with her personal power.
Power is not synonymous with control. Controlling people attempt to keep tabs and direct everything and everyone around them precisely because they feel they have no power. Power is neutral, it is neither good nor evil.
Power is one's ability to affect change, not one's ability to boss others around, be a domineering control freak, or micromanage. Power comes from trusting one's self, from knowing one can get results, not obsessing over change.
Powerful people rarely need to tell anyone about their power. Just as the sun has no need to rise and announce its brilliance, the true power shines from a person on its own. It needs no herald announcing its presence.
Mystery and Intuition
Intuition is often seen as a mysterious and aloof feeling that comes and goes as it pleases. That sounds very much like the animal being analyzed here. Cats in dreams sometimes are simply symbols of the intuition. Whether the intuition is being heeded or ignored can be ascertained by checking the appearance and health of the cat.
- Healthy cats can indicate a healthy intuitive nature.
- Sick or diseased cats can mean that there exists an imbalance between the intellect and the intuition. Dreaming about sick cats can therefore mean that the dreamer would do well to start valuing intuition a little more. Because, just like a cat, it will come around more the more it is valued.
Male Sex Appeal
Cats appearing in men's dreams hold a meaning similar to that of a women's. However, the focus of the cat is more outward than inward.
Cats in men's dreams typically indicate how he views the opposite sex to perceive him, or what his attitudes toward the opposite sex are. While, as mentioned, a cat in a woman's dream often indicates how well she feels about herself and her own independence,
- If a cat is purring or climbing on the man, it can mean that he feels that the opposite sex finds him attractive and that he feels comfortable in his relationships with women.
- If the cat is hissing or scratching, it can mean that he feels rejected by women. Or, it could mean that his current relationships with women are strained. It could also indicate that he feels the women in his life are unable to be pleased, not to be trusted, overbearing, or just downright mean in which case the dream may mean it is time to reassess his relationships.
Cats in dreams are as complex as they are in life.
As previously explored in this article, cats can symbolize everything from independence to vulnerability. Anytime a symbol comes with a rich mythological history, it is a sure sign that the symbol has great meaning and is a potential source of valuable information. Given cats’ prominent role in mythology, they certainly qualify as important dream symbols.
The information they bring in the dream world can assist the dreamer in her waking life. Just like their waking life counterparts, dream cats demand and deserve attention when they show up in one's nocturnal visions.