Most people associate pleasant thoughts with cats and especially. Cats can be fluffy, playful, and affectionate. However, other cats can be fiercely independent and shun human contact. So what does it mean when you dream about cats or kittens?
The meaning of the dream depends on its context as well as what is happening in your real life. While you might dream of cats or kittens because they were part of your day, dreams often have different layers and may hide a deeper meaning.
Curious to find out what the deeper meaning could be? Read on to find out how to interpret dreams about cats and kittens.
Symbolic Meaning of Cats
Before we focus on dream interpretations, it is useful to understand what cats symbolize. Cats have strong instincts and rely on their senses when hunting. They are symbolic of intellect and intuition. Often they are associated with magic and feminine power.
Felines are associated with mystery. While you can quickly tell a dog’s mood from its body language, cats a much harder to read. Even a domestic cat can disappear for hours on its adventures and return when it is ready. They are symbolic of a free spirit and being comfortable in your skin.
Questions to Ask When Interpreting Your Dream
When you interpret your dream, it is useful to ask yourself some questions first. Your answers will help you find the right interpretation.
- How do you feel about cats in real life? How did you feel about them in the dream?
- How would you describe the cat in the dream? What did it look like? How did it act?
- What are your waking life experiences with cats? Do you have cats or have you ever had one?
What Do Cat Dreams Symbolize?
While there are specific interpretations of cat dreams, for example, based on the color of the cat, sometimes we cannot remember the details of the dream. When that happens, it is useful to understand the common meanings of cat and kitten dreams.
Since cats are independent creatures, the dream may express your need to be more independent. You need to trust your instincts and not depend on or be influenced by other people’s opinions. They probably mean well, but only you know what is best for you.
A dream about cats may indicate that you are a strong person. You have a lot of inner strength and determination. However, perhaps you are hiding some of that strength, possibly because you don’t want to upset the balance in your life. If that is the case, you are not being true to yourself and that will lead to unhappiness.
Cats can be great companions and a cat dream may be a sign that you crave more love and affection in your life. Perhaps you feel you are not getting enough affection from your partner. Use your communication skills to tell them how you feel.
For others, the companionship you crave may be more friendship based. If that resonates with you more, then nurture your friendships and build a strong social network.
Cats are symbolic of grace, elegance, and feminine energy. A cat dream may mean that you need to nurture your talents more and step into your power. If a man dreams about cats, it may mean that they need to be more gentle and humble while a woman dreaming about cats needs to unleash their creativity to meet their life goals.
Cats are instinctive animals and your dream may be a sign that you are not listening to your intuition. This means that you might have ventured down the wrong path. But there is no need to despair. You can find your way back to the right path and meet your life goals, just learn to trust your gut feeling.
Cats are said to have nine lives, which means that your dream may be symbolic of survival. You may be facing some very tough times at the moment, but you will get through them. Persevere and focus on your goals.
7. A Desire For Passion And Intimacy
Because cats are associated with sexuality, your dream can be a sign that you need more intimacy in your life. If the passion has gone out of your relationship, find a way to reignite it as it will lead to an overall happier relationship.
8. Deception And Manipulation
Cats can be fickle so a dream about cats may also be a warning about a betrayal and that not everyone in your life has your best interest at heart. Be on your guard and stay away from people capable of deceit and lies.
9. Good Luck
If you felt very happy or excited in the dream, it could be a very good omen. Now is a good time to try new things. Step outside your comfort zone and take calculated risks. It is often said that fortune favors the brave, so dare to seize new opportunities.
More Specific Dream Meanings
If you can remember details about your dream, you can often gain an even deeper understanding of your dream. Below, you will find some common cat and kitten dream scenarios.
1. Dreaming of Kittens
If you dream about a litter of kittens, it can be a sign there is a part of your life that needs more attention and nurturing. This may be, for example, a talent or a skill, or a relationship. It may also be a sign of your vulnerability and need for tenderness.
Newborn kittens represent purity and innocence and your dream can mean you feel safe and comfortable in your current situation. They are also symbolic of new beginnings and untapped potential so now could be a great time to try new things.
2. An Aggressive Cat
A dream about a cat that is behaving aggressively means that someone in your life may betray you. It might be a sign that it is time to end a certain relationship. While this is not going to be easy, it will be for the best in the long run.
3. Neglected or Abandoned Cat
This dream is a sign that you have experience neglect in your life. This might have led to problems in forming or keeping relationships. The dream means it is time to heal and let go of the past hurts. When you do, you can form and commit to balanced relationships based on mutual trust and respect.
4. Black Cat
Even though black cats are associated with bad luck and misfortune, a dream about them is not a bad omen. Contrary to common superstitions about black cats, the dream can have positive connotations such as having the ability to face difficult situations. It can also be a sign of a spiritual journey that will lead to happiness and success.
5. White Cat
A dream about a white cat can be a metaphor for financial loss caused by your insecurity over your decisions or because someone misled you. Your subconscious mind is telling you to be careful about whose financial advice you can trust.
6. Grey Cat
When you dream about a grey cat, it is a sign you can overcome obstacles in your life as long as you stay focused and use your instincts. This will lead to a period of calmness and peace in your life.
7. Recurring Dreams About Cats
If you keep having dreams about cats, it is a sign that you need to make improvements in your life. Spend more time nurturing your inner self and working out your soul mission. Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help in clarifying your life goals.
What Do Lions or Tigers in a Dream Mean?
If the cat animal in your dream is a lion or a tiger, it can mean that you are being guided through a difficult situation or a confrontation. However, if they are dominating you in the dream, it can mean that you will face some failures. If that happens, remember failures are not bad but opportunities to learn and grow.
What Do Psychologists Say About Cat Dreams?
While Sigmund Freud connected dreams about cats to tension in your waking life, Carl Jung said cat dreams are an archetype. He also talked about the shadow meaning of dreams which relates to parts of ourselves we are repressing or ignoring.
Psychologically, cat dreams can mean that you need to free your mind so you can identify beliefs that are holding you back.
Because dreams are products of our subconscious minds, what cat dreams mean is always personal to the dreamer. When you read the interpretations in this article in the context of your own life, you can gain valuable insight and guidance.
Cat dreams can sometimes warn us about potential dangers in our lives such as toxic friendships or difficult situations. Other times, they guide us to focus on an aspect of our lives so we can improve and grow.
We hope you have found the answers you were looking for about dreams with cats and kittens. If you would like to ask us anything else about these dreams, you can write your questions in the comment box.