The Meaning Behind Dreams About Cats

Updated on May 18, 2018
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Esme is a published writer who writes extensively on the subject of dream interpretation from the standpoint of Jungian psychology.

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What Does a Cat Symbolize in a Dream?

The meaning of a cat in a dream usually comes down to the interpretation of the cat as an animal by the dreamer—some people are drawn to cats while others are repulsed. Therefore, as with most symbolic representations, the cat can be seen in either a positive or negative light depending on the circumstances. The cat is most commonly linked to the representation of traits commonly linked to the feminine—vulnerability and intuition, for example—in both male and female dreamers. How a feline manifests in a dream can suggest how the dreamer experiences many things, both consciously and unconsciously, including:

  • The Self, the Shadow, and the Anima of Jungian psychology
  • Vulnerability
  • Intuition
  • Independence and confidence
  • Dynamics with the opposite sex

While reading, you should allow your own ideas about cats to help you interpret the meaning of your dreams. Use this guide as a starting point and not as the final word.

Jungian Psychology in Dreams: The Self, the Shadow, and the Anima

When interpreting cats as dream symbols, it is important to rely on your own association with these animals because different people feel differently about them. In fact, few animals provoke more disparate emotions.

For example, the cat worshipped by the ancient Egyptians is the same one reviled by the Puritans as demonic heralds.

In addition to being symbolic of everyday concepts, like vulnerability, these common household pets can also represent some of the deeper concepts in Jungian psychology, such as:

  • The Self
  • Shadow
  • Anima

The Self

According to Carl Jung, the Self is that which is comprised of all elements of a person's psyche, including the ego, the personal subconscious, and the collective subconscious. In a healthy maturation process, a person establishes their own unique sense of Self, building upon the experiences and relationships they encounter throughout their lives. Animals are often used as expressions of the Self in dreams. They reveal parts of ourselves that may be hidden, such as visceral emotional responses or impulses that are unconscious, even if we are unaware of their presence in our waking life. As symbols of independence, femininity, and intuition, a cat in a dream can have many meanings as to how you view your inner Self.

Shadow

The "Shadow" in Jungian psychology is the dark opposite of the Self and is made up of the parts of ourselves that we hide away, ignore, and pretend don't exist, usually on an unconscious level. It is often comprised of desires and urges that we have learned (either from society or our families or ourselves) are unacceptable or negative. As symbols of our unconscious Shadow self in dreams, cats can be "shadow gold." This means that they can stand in for the parts of the self that you secretly prize and treasure, though you may feel guilty for liking these parts of yourself. Or, a cat may symbolize those elements of yourself that you hide and revile—it really depends on your opinion of cats in the real world.

Anima

The Anima, according to Jung, is the part of the male psyche that represents one's feminine nature. In opposition to the Anima is the Animus, which represents masculine nature in the female psyche. In dreams, cats represent the Anima, and can symbolize how well a man relates to women or his own intuition.

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Symbolic Representations of Your Intuition

Intuition is often understood as a mysterious and aloof feeling that comes and goes as it pleases, which sounds very much like the animal being analyzed here. Cats in dreams are sometimes symbols of the intuition—that "gut" feeling of inner knowing. You can ascertain whether the intuition is being heeded or ignored in your waking life by checking the appearance and health of the animal that appears in your dream.

Healthy Cat

Healthy cats could indicate a healthy intuitive nature in the dreamer. This means that you should continue to listen to your inner compass and make decisions from your wise mind.

Sick Cat

Sick or diseased cats could mean that there exists an imbalance between the intellect and the intuition. This means the dreamer may be struggling to remain grounded in their authentic self, or are unaware of what their authentic self even is. Operating from such a space is risky because you may be basing life decisions on what you intellectually believe everyone else thinks you should do, instead of what you intuitively know is best for you as a unique individual. If you experience a sick feline in one of your dreams, you would do well to start valuing intuition a little more because, just like a cat, intuition will come around the more it is valued.

What If I Dream About Kittens?

Cats are often prized for, and associated with, independence and self-sustainability. However, the image of a helpless kitten in a tree is also one that is firmly ingrained in the collective unconscious and can therefore manifest in our dreams as a representation of something amiss in our subconscious self.

What If I Dream About Newborn Kittens?

If you dream about kittens, especially newborn kittens, or about loudly mewing and unseen cats, it may be an indication that you feel vulnerable and unable to get help. If you experience this type of dream, you should look to your waking life and ascertain whether or not you are being heard. You can also take the time to identify if part of the problem is an inability for you to ask for assistance. Many times, those who are most independent are also those who are completely unaccustomed to asking for help.

Dreaming of a Litter of Kittens

What's even better than one kitten? Many! At least in waking life. If you dream of a litter of kittens, it could mean that you are feeling absolutely swamped and you need to invite more fun, enjoyment, and relaxation into your life. Perhaps you should...adopt a kitten!

Kittens Often Symbolize Vulnerability

Dreams of kittens might also mean that you have embarked on a new project or phase of life that is in a vulnerable state and needs nurturing. It is important to nurture yourself as much as you nurture others.

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What Is the Symbolic Meaning of a Black Cat in a Dream?

As most people know, a black cat is often superstitiously linked to bad luck or bad things to come. Due to this affiliation, black cats instill fear in some. If a dreamer stumbles across a black cat in a dream (and they carry this negative association with a cat of this color), it could mean that they are fearful of listening to their inner intuition or connecting to and owning their feminine power. On the flip side, if the dreamer has a positive association with black cats, then its manifestation in the dream could have a less negatively charged symbolic meaning.

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What Does a White Cat in a Dream Mean?

Once again, the meaning of a white cat materializing in your dream depends on your relationship with felines. However, often a white cat symbolizes hard or difficult times ahead. That said, if you love white cats, maybe it means something wonderful is about to happen!

What Does a Grey Cat Represent?

Grey is a neutral, calming color—therefore, it is unsurprising that seeing a grey cat in a dream is less symbolically volatile than seeing a black or white cat. Essentially, a grey cat in a dream means the dreamer should try to take stock of what is happening in the dream and try to ascertain whether or not there is a message arising from their subconscious that they should be tuned into. If so, the presence of the grey cat means that the dreamer should definitely follow the guidance found within the dream—after all, it may be your intuition speaking to you!

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What Does It Mean If I Dream About a Dead Cat?

Because a cat symbolizes your intuition and feminine power, dreaming of a dead cat can mean that you are disconnected from this part of yourself. The health of the feline in your dream is directly correlated to the health of your connection to the divine feminine. Additionally, a dead or dying cat can represent a lack of autonomy in your life; this is unsurprising as failing to listen to your intuition often leads a person to rely on others for direction and guidance in life. As a result, one may feel dependent on others and frustrated as a result.

What Is a Dream?

Dreams are a form of communication that is 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 you wish to understand the communiqué. Just think of dreams as messages needing interpretation, similar to how a message written in a foreign language would need interpretation.

What Does It Mean If a Cat Jumps on Me in a Dream?

Since cats often symbolize our feminine nature, a hostile cat in a dream can represent to the dreamer that they are uncomfortable or struggling with that aspect of themselves. Perhaps the dreamer feels overly vulnerable or not vulnerable enough; or perhaps they feel incapable of connecting to their own intuition, sexuality, creativity, or independence. If the cat scratches you in the dream, it could mean that you actually feel afraid of, or intimidated by, your own femininity in some way.

What Does it Mean If I Dream About Multiple Cats?

If multiple cats show up in your dream at once, it could mean that you are confused about some aspect of your life. The various felines in your dream represent some form of chaos in your life that can lead to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety. If you are indeed feeling stressed and pulled in too many directions in your life, this dream could be your subconscious trying to help you pace yourself so that you don't get pulled too far off center.

What Do Cats Symbolize in Women's Dreams?

Self-Perception

The cat in women's dreams usually represents 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 and creativity. It also demonstrates how she sees herself in relation to men. Dreaming of healthy cats, for example, could indicate that a woman has a high level of self-confidence. This is different from arrogance. Self-confidence indicates a sense of comfort with one's self, meaning you feel completely comfortable in your own skin. Healthy cats could also indicate that a woman is comfortable with her personal power—she trusts her intuition and the decisions she makes based on that intuition.

On the flip side, dreaming of a sick or unhealthy feline could mean that a woman struggles with self-esteem and is ungrounded in regards to her sense of self-worth and validation. A woman who sees a sick cat in her dreams may subconsciously know that she is stifling her intuition in some aspect of her life, and that this is in some way leading her astray from the path that will allow her to fulfill her highest purpose.

Power

A cat showing up in a woman's dream can also represent her connection to her inner sense of power. Power is not the same thing as control—controlling people like to direct everything and everyone around them precisely because they feel like they have no power.

Power comes from trusting yourself and being confident that you can get results and effect change. As a woman, stepping into and manifesting one's own power may sound both challenging and terrifying in today's world. However, a cat showing up in a dream bodes well and could very well mean you're getting closer to recognizing and honoring your inner power. Just as the cat exudes confidence and prowess, so can you.

A Cat Dream Can Mean Different Things in Different Religions!

In Hinduism, dreaming of a cat represents untrustworthy or malicious people in the dreamer's waking life and encourages caution.

What Do Cats Represent in Men's Dreams?

Cats appearing in men's dreams often relate to either the feminine side of his psyche (the Anima), or they reveal how the man thinks the opposite sex perceives him. It can also bring to light what his attitude toward the opposite sex is, whether it is an attitude grounded in consciousness or unconsciousness.

What Does It Mean If a Cat Is Purring or Climbing on a Man?

This could mean that the man thinks the opposite sex finds him attractive. It may also be a representation that he feels comfortable in his relationships with women.

What Does It Mean If a Cat Is Purring or Climbing on a Man?

This could mean that he feels rejected by women or that his current relationships with women are strained. He might also feel that the women in his life are hard to please, not to be trusted, overbearing, or just downright mean, in which case the dream may mean it is time to reassess his relationships.

Does a Litter Box Represent Anything?

Dreaming of a cat's litter box can indeed carry some of its own symbolism. Because the cat can represent various aspects of our subconsciousness (i.e. the shadow self), dreaming of the space where they eliminate waste could show a dreamer that they are experiencing shame about some aspect of their life, be it an external situation or circumstance, or a subliminal thought or feeling. Alternatively, the litter box could also represent a dreamer's underlying feeling that they are putting up with too much in life and are getting burnt out.

The Meaning of a Cat in a Dream Depends on the Dreamer

Cats in dreams are as complex as they are in real life—these animals can symbolize everything from a strong connection to your intuition to your subconscious perception of the opposite sex. Anytime a symbol comes with a rich mythological history, it is a sure sign that it likely has great meaning in dreams and is potentially an important source of valuable information.

Ultimately, the information that felines bring to the dream world can assist a dreamer in various aspects of in their waking life. As such, dream cats (just like their real-life counterparts), demand and deserve attention when they show up in your nocturnal visions.

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      Etta 3 days ago

      I dream I was at my old house and cats and a kitten showed up from nowhere

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      Sarah-jane Pearce 4 weeks ago

      I dreamt the other night that I gave birth to two kittens and I was breastfeeding them

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      Kaz 4 weeks ago

      Very interesting. I dreamt last night that cats were appearing out of my clothes and clinging on tightly with their claws. The more I pulled them off me, the more cats kept appearing. Two cats in particular stood out. They looked like big kittens I think Abysinnian breed because they had stripes like tigers. One had very bright blue eyes. I wonder what it means.

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      Jacob 4 weeks ago

      I had this dream that my old friend I used to talk to came into the house without knocking and then a few mins later he turned into a cat

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      janet chua 2 months ago

      would you mind if i ask bout my dream this early morning.. the cat jump in front of me and trying to grab my neck and i refuse to stop that black cat that is why the cat bite my two hands coz im trying to stop the cat for trying to bite my neck? what does it mean? please answer my dream cos im feeling confuse bout it!

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      Jane 2 months ago

      There was a dead yellow cat lying behind me. As I touched it it was alive. And there was free shards of sea glass everywhere. What does this mean?? I love yellow cats

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      Michelle 2 months ago

      I had a dream that there was a fat dark coloured cat with 2 tails either side of his bottom. He was half way under some sort of cupboard.

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      Matt 2 months ago

      I have had a repeating dream about a blackish grey cat with green eyes that I bring home from the pound as soon as i start to love it and give it the attention it needs it claws at me and hisses and screams so I put the cat into a closet and I lock it away now here's where it gets weird in the other re occurring dreams of this the cat dies but in this one I hadn't last night the cat lived and it was skinny and week but as soon as it saw me she jumped up and clawed at me and hurt me then I tried to feed her but all she did was eat my feet and legs it's a weird dream I know but after reading this I can understand because in every relationship I've ever been in I get mistreated and hurt so it makes sense that this is about the women in my life

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      Alicia 2 months ago

      I had a dream last night... that i found out i was pregnant and me and my partner was so excited but as i was in the car sitting while he stepped out to talk to his frends i saw what was running to me a deform/demon baby so i killed it and the blood splatter all over my legs which instantly made me lost the child... so as i was laying in the back seat with pain there my fiance was with a cat in his hands his eyes were rolled back like he was possessed or something and the cat in his hands keep scratching me on both of my hands n i kept screaming and begging him to stop... but the cat was trying to get to my face also but only had the chance to scratch me ob my hands... eventually i woke up... but my hands had no marks only it was paining... can someone explained to me wtf it actually means

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      jeff 3 months ago

      i dreamt i peed on kittens ...not joking..than i woke up and fund out i pissed the bed....smh..not kool

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      Maya 4 months ago

      My dreams have been becoming more and more vivid, when i wake up im beginning to have a hard time determining which is a dream and which is a memory. I know this was a dream. I had a black cat she laid next to me and started to give birth to a litter. There were no sounds just the cat giving birth next to me, next thing i know the entire litter had died, disappeared and she was giving birth again. This happened 3 times before i woke up. All the kittens seem healthy and then they all die. Just gone.

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      Sonia 5 months ago

      My mother expired five days back we were very attached to each other but on her last day I wasn't with her. Yesterday I had a dream that me an my husband sleeping and on black cat jumped on my bed and took support of my back and slept.what does it mean?

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      Hayden 5 months ago

      I had a dream one night the there was a black cat and a white cat fighting in my house and the mean aggressive black cat won the fight while the nice and pleasant white cat was dead.

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      Eleisha Newton 5 months ago

      I had a dream the other night where I saw several cats in an abandoned street. I wasn’t familiar with the street in the dream so I walked down it. There was this one cat who came up to me and I petted the cat. I did t feel scared in the dream so I’m guessing that’s a good sign.

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      Julia 5 months ago

      I had a dream where I saw my cat, who passed away last year. He was in our garage and he was sick. In the dream he passed away and a veterinarian appeared and took him away. I’m still wondering what that dream meant.

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      Lisa 5 months ago

      I had a dream about a black cat with eyes all over its body. The black cat also licked my face

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      Asieh 5 months ago

      I dreamed l went to the basement of an old building which was somehow dark, there was a hole there where two big gray talking birds lived, their eyes looked like cats eyes. There was also a sick gray and black kitten which was sleeping in the middle of the hole on a piece of newspaper. The birds said the kitten was dying and the worms were eating its lips. The kitten looked up , mewed weakly and l saw some small worms around its mouth. Suddenly it was asleep again. I felt deep pity for the kitten. Suddenly I saw fire under the hole, I worried about the cat and put out the fire. I took the kitten to see if it had gotten burned. I saw a dead white and brown rabbit gazing into my eyes.

      This dream really scared me and I felt really sad when I got up. It was really strange to me !!!!!

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      Millie 5 months ago

      Had a dream a multiple kittens and cats scratching me and refused to let me sleep or move off the bed.

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      Unknown 7 months ago

      I had a dream where I walked out of the bathroom

      And saw cats climbing through my older sister's window

      Kinda hit them with a pillow in my dream

      (Don't get me wrong but I love them (cats) )

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      Keeton 8 months ago

      Okey, so i just had one of the realist waking dreams in my entire life, i have always believed in dreams and the meaning behind them, but i really really need to figure this it freaking me out, I just had my old exs cat on my chest purring and when i tried to get up to get him off like i normally would way back when he did his clawing thing not aggressive by any means just like "hey dont move im comfortable". Thats when i woke up. The craziest part of this is i woke up freaked out about this went to the bathroom and looked where he had clawed me and i can actually see a small puncture mark where the claw was, if anyone please help me out here i could really use maybe a little interpretation or just something, please.

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      lynette 8 months ago

      I was carrying my cat and running to catch a plane and realising a woman pursuing me was dangerous and I kept going through a lot of doors -around an airport_good luck!

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      Funsayz 8 months ago

      I dreamed of a kitten on a box, the color is brown and just sitting there quietly. In my dream showed that i kind of forgot that the kitten was there because the kitten is too small.

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      Maribel 9 months ago

      I dreamed last night a white cat jumped on my lap in a restraurant.

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      Izza Janjua 9 months ago

      I dreamt of a white cat crossing my path I looked back to see the cat she was either sick or very sleepy because she payed down right there, I wanted to go back and help her but I couldn't go back.

      Also then I saw a healthy white cat in bed and playing with someone.

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      #bringbootshome 10 months ago

      Our family cat went missing when we moved to a new town, the third night he hadn't come home, I had a dream he was at my back door with a snow covered ground all around him. No paw prints, and snow flakes landing on his fur, also his fur looked wet! What does this mean? Did he pass on? Or was it an intuition about where he is? I haven't had a dream since! We miss our fur baby dearly! Looking forward to your answers..

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      Astrid Cat 12 months ago

      I repeatedly dream that I turn into a cat and escape from somewhere... What does that mean?

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      Zoey 2 years ago

      I dreamt that i was looking for my daughter and when i found her she was in a dark lane. I called her to come to me but by this time i realised she was a cat she hesitated at first cause she seemed scared after she ran and jumped in my chest

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      dafirst 2 years ago

      I had a dream in the evening when taking a nap. I was holding a black cat and when i got to the subway, someone told me i won't be allowed in. So i went back to take a different route and i found myself home without the cat

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      Diane 3 years ago

      Thanks for this hub - this week I have had two cat dreams - one a neighbor brings brown paper bag over saying he doesn't want this anymore and when I look inside I see with delight it is a male silver Persian cat like my female Fancy and I am happy to "let the cat out of the bag" this morning I dreamt that I found a playful black and white kitten in my purse and was having fun knowing it was around

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      SAM 3 years ago

      I had a dream of a grey kitten last night. Out of nowhere. Kinda wondering what it means.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      once i dreamt that my black and white cat was caught by a witch. sure enough, he was hit and run by a bike

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      Katharine L Sparrow 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Cool! I don't remember dreaming about cats, which is odd since I am a cat person! This hub is a fascinating read, though, and I will refer back to it if I ever do have a cat dream! Well done!

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      erika 3 years ago

      I'M not sure what my dream meant.. I remember a whole lot of cats all hungry, I kept going from here to there giving them pieces of food I carried in my hands..

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is absolutely fascinating. I have dreamt about cats before. The one I remember the most was a dream where the kittens were all sick and dying. I felt so inadequate, because they were not well. Based on the information you have provided, I can interpret that dream in a deeper way. Thanks so much for sharing. Great hub!

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      Karen101 4 years ago

      Lately my dreams have been crowded with cats or kittens, at times they are in good health other times perhaps flea flea ridden or appear under nourished. For example last night my dream included mr having to ask my daughters to go and count all the kittens in the back yard, all these cats were having their litters there and my yard was overrun with white kittens white black spots. Other dreams in the last few weeks have had a cat feature somewhere, never attacking just, well...there...I have been known to be called psychic or to get very clear profoubd messages in my dreams in the past, in day to day life my memory is shocking yet my dreams are always clear to me and have helped me and my friends in the past, yet this constsnt appearance of cats and kittens has me baffled. Some advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.Thank you.

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      islandgirl804 4 years ago

      I had a dream last night that I was sleeping in my bed. I felt a cat jump up on the bed by my right shoulder and it was rubbing against my neck. I immediately thought "where did this cat come from, we don't have a cat" but I wasn't afraid. I lifted my hand to pet the cat and go back to sleep. I was quite comforted by the cat. When my hand reached the cat, I felt my 19 year old daughters hair and heard her weeping. I immediately woke up and said "Victoria, are you okay"? She lives with me. She's safe, happy and healthy... what does my dream mean?

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      EsmeSanBona 4 years ago from Macon

      Hi Everyone! I have had some health issues and haven't been online in quite a while.Thanks to everyone for comments and questions. I doubt anyone is looking for a dream meaning from so long ago, but if so, please let me know. I hope to be here much more regularly!

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      elizford 4 years ago from Aurora, Colorado

      I dreamt that I was in a large grey house with grey shadows all around. The only colorful being was my childhood calico cat, Patches. I was petting her and noticed that she was newly pregnant showing pink nipples. There were three other grey cats with me in the shadows. A large white cat came walking down the hallway, but then it turned into a large white rat with a long pink tail. I looked around and there were giant white rats everywhere. I tried to call my mother on my black rotary phone, but the rats had eaten through the cord. Left the house with my four cats and somehow my mother managed to use her giant jar of grey potions to detonate the inside of the house. Shadow dream? Please advise!!! Thank you, Elizabeth

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      Amanda Boots 4 years ago

      I had a dream a weird dream i was looking out a window there is white snow everywhere in distancethere is two houses then a tornado comes and lifts houses up and destroys them then i turn towards meowing in a house i dont know and there is this sick very sick kitten i open a door and a momma cat is there with many kittens i hold the sick babu kitten it feels greasy and slimy then o open a bag of food and feed them

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      Cygnet Brown 4 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Last night I had a dream where friends came to visit and there were cats who kept trying to get into our house. Not a few cats, mind you, a lot of cats. Whenever someone came to the door they would stand at the door and they would leave the door open and a cat would come in. We don't have any cats at present although we have in the past had many cats. There were cats everywhere and no one else seemed to understand why I didn't want the cats in the house.

      As I started to leave that dream, I thought to myself, "I really have to find out what cats mean in dreams. So here I am.

      I think I know what these dream cats represent. A couple of years ago we moved here from a place where we had pets, and there was one cat who we didn't own, but came to visit a lot. I called him Henry. I don't know why, I just knew his name should be Henry. Henry had another home somewhere else because Henry always looked well kept. He was definitely not a feral cat. Anyway, Henry would come and meow that he wanted in, so I would let him in. He would go to the kitchen and I would give him water and food and then he would go into the living room and take a nap. He didn't stay long maybe a few hours and then he would go to the door and ask to leave.

      None of those cats in my dream were Henry, but I can see where I associate cats with the independence and autonomy. Obviously, I see them as being signs of intuitiveness as well, because as I came out of my dream I knew I had to learn the significance of the cats in my dream.

      Without going into detail, I know that the cats in my dream are telling me that I need to be more independent than I have been. I have been trying to keep my independent spirit from allowing me to do some of the things that I intuitively know I need to be doing. I know that I need to go forward with what I want to be doing and not let my family and friends try to talk me out of it.

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      Deb88 4 years ago

      I have had dreams of cats twice this week. A few days ago it was 3 cats. I got to pet them. I have been missing my babies lately, sweet feisty girl died 2.5 years ago and her brother 4 years before that. I had such a bond with them and never intended to get another pet after my sweet poodle died. The grief of loss of a pet is something I didn't think I would do again. And then, Marcus and Naomi showed up and I had so much joy, and so much laughter with them both. Cats respond to the attention they get. Mine would deliberately repeat an action if it made me laugh the first time. Anyway, it was wonderful to pet them in a dream and hear them purr. Last night it was a dream that started off with adult kitties, all different. I was caring for them. I went outside and heard some cats. It progressed until I was feeding them and letting them into the house. Then more, younger, cats started coming out of nowhere. Then kittens. At about 9 cats inside with more coming from the outside, I got worried. I was asking someone how to care for them all. I heard, "Yeah, we have a real problem with cats." The mewing was on an off in the dream. It made me wonder if some cats were outside my window and fighting or something. 30 minutes later after I awoke, I heard a cat fight. Another 15 minutes and heard another one. They were over quick. Maybe they had started it while I was dreaming. Not sure, but sure do love these beautiful, sensitive, affectionate, funny beings.

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      Basko22 5 years ago

      I dreamt about wife bringing a cat home without my knowledge. I saw her bringing it inside while i was in living, so i was surprised and woke up in my dream. Could someone tell me the meaning of this dream.

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      CrazyCatWoman 5 years ago

      1st off, to ienjoythis - I was bawling reading your story. I'm sooo sorry for your loss. My cats are not just "family" they are my kids!! Esme, you are sooo correct in some people being unsympathetic at the loss of a furry kid - one of my friends actually had the nerve to say to me "it's just a cat" & then he proceeded to argue with me that it's not my kid 'cuz I didn't give birth to it & when I said but I adopted them, took care of them just like a person does to a baby or child he then continued to argue with me saying we are 2 different species and I can't possibly be the cats mommy. He showed absolutely no empathy (let alone sympathy) for what I was going through. Worst part is, he was one of my closest friends.

      Now, having said all that I have a question for you. I just woke up from a nap and I had a dream that's slightly complicated. I'm hoping you can maybe help me shed some light on it. (Some background real quick... Up until 2 years ago I lived in my childhood home. I had to move because the conditions of the house got too expensive for me to repair any more. The cat in my dream I did have when I lived at home, but when he found me, he became an indoor only cat just like the rest of mine. One last thing also... shortly after I moved he pushed open the screen in one of the windows at the new place & got outside, thankfully none of my other ones did. I did find him & brought him back in. Unfortunately he died July 1st, 2012 - I came home from work and found him laying below the window and riggor had all ready set in.) Anyhow, the only part of the dream I remember is I was outside the back of my old house and had picked up from the yard (what I believe to be) a food bowl for the outside strays and suddenly I realized I had not seen Fancy in a while so I was looking for him & I think calling him and I suddenly got really scared 'cuz he was missing and I didn't know if he was okay. I woke up panicked and crying. Any chance you can explain to me what this dream means? If anything at all.

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      rebarr 5 years ago

      Hi, I had a dream last night where I dreamt I had a black cat and a white cat together lying on me, around me just doing what cats do. I haven't owned a cat in years but I do like them. Every site I've looked at do not interpret dreams with both colours together. What does this dream mean?

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      PJ'smom,

      Can you tell me what it is about these dreams that intrigue you? I ask because it sounds as if it is more the emotional quality rather than the imagery that resonates with you and this is always important. Anytime a dream's emotional content captures the mind this generally means that the dream is really hitting home.

      In dreams, animals often represent parts of one's self, particularly parts that are more "wild" or undeveloped or unrecognized. You point out that you and the cats "recognize" each other. Is there perhaps a part of yourself that you previously felt was foreign that you are becoming more comfortable with? Is there a part even that perhaps you may have been afraid of that you are now learning to love or nurture?

      For example, (and this is just something coming off the top of my head--nothing based on the dream symbolism) a person who previously feared intuition might be learning to trust it and find it helpful. Or a person who thought expressing needs and desires was selfish might be discovering that doing so is simply a form of self-care.

      Does any of this help?

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      QueenMums,

      The best way to interpret dreams is with your own information so let me see if I can help you ask some questions about your dream that may help you do that.

      First, do you now or have you ever had a Sphinx? What do you think of when you think of that kind of cat? That breed is very specific, so you might want to think of that.

      The Sphinx is also an enigma from mythology who asks a riddle, much like your dream. Why do you think any animal would be happy caged?

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      PJ'smom 5 years ago

      I came to your website because of two interesting dreams I've had almost back to back. The first dream consisted of two completely black cats. I did not know these cats but came to know them to the point to stroking and petting them. We were very loving toward each other. I remember the energy being very good between us. the next night I had another dream that started with a single black cat. It was curled up by my upper torso and I was petting it. Again the energy was good but I remember sensing that the cat needed love. I looked over and saw the 2 cats from my previous dream. We recognized each other. They in turn jumped up in my bed very close to my head and I began to stroke them. I remember feeling happy that they recognized me. I don't remember feeling frightened or in any way in danger. Any ideas what this may mean.

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      QueenMums 5 years ago

      So, I recently started dating a guy I truly believe is my soulmate. He has introduced me to a whole new world of spiritual awakening and finding my true self. Anyway...since meeting him I have started documenting my dreams to help with interpretation and in self discovery. Last night I dreamed he was at my house and with my help put a Sphinx cat in a cage. The cat didn't fight, and actually seemed content sitting in the cage. Do you have any idea what this dream could mean???

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      Thank you so much for your comment--I'm glad it helped you!

      Your dream sounds amazing and beautiful.

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      ESLulu 5 years ago

      Thank you for the insight, woven in a dream I had this morning, I was in a community...vary quaint close together houses and low shrubbery...and every house had a cat. All the same variety, but I could not place the breed.

      In a large room I walked into, shelves lined the wall and they were full of cats....hundreds of them, and all very happy to be there. I instinctively knew they were female, and all the ones outside were male. All were healthy and absolutely beautiful. A certain number of them, both inside and outside had a silky gold tone to their coat.

      Anyhow, thank you so much for your write up, it really helped me :)

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      While researching, also take into account the emotions you feel in the dream.

      The theme I see in your answers is one of protection and keeping that which is vulnerable safe from attack. You might want to consider if there was anyone or any part of you that feels vulnerable when you have these dreams.

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      Tracy 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow you are great! Great questions. The cats in my dreams are big cats but what i mean is cats like a puma or tigers. I have seen pumas when i was a child they would come up to my house at night and hang around on my deck. I do not own any cats, but i do have pet chickens a rooster and 9 laying hens. I am a wildlife rehabilitator so i get crazy animals all the time, never any large cats, I wouldn't say that i am terrified of them i respect them and would never want to cross paths with them. the cats aren't chasing me, but in my dreams i feel like they would come after me, never have they attacked my chickens or myself in my dreams. I love cats especially the large wild cats, i am concerned that a lot of them are becoming endangered. In my dreams i am scared of them though. I have a few books on dreams and one on animals that are in your dreams, I have read some parts of the books but i am def going to read about cats! I loved your article too! I'm still not sure what to think of the dream and still going to research it a little more. Thank you!

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      I am so happy this hub encouraged you to do more investigation. That's what I hope all the hubs I write on dream interpretation do. I want people to be inspired to interpret their own dreams and try to kind of illustrate how one might go about doing that. You are the only person who can accurately interpret your dreams. Articles like this can point you in the right direction toward doing that, but are the ultimate authority.

      I usually go about asking lots and lots of questions about the dream symbol that shows up in my dream. Here are some questions I would ask if I were experiencing your recurrent dream.

      You state that the cats are large. Are they normal big or crazy dream big? Are they a specific color or is there a color more prominent than others in the dream? Are the cats stalking you or are they chasing you or your cats? What is your response to the cats? What are your experiences and associations with cats? Do you like cats? Do you hate them? Why? How do you feel about chickens? Are your chickens your pets? Are they laying hens? Think about the word chicken, the way in which it can be used--a person is a "chicken" when that person is a coward. Could cat be something trying to steal your bravery? What is going on in your life when you dream of cats?

      Think about those questions and let me know if any of that helped you decipher your dream.

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      Tracy 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you so much, this was very interesting i have dreams all the time about large cats and have always wondered what that meant. They are usually healthy cats, and most of the time they seem to want to come after me but never do or they want to eat my chickens. I'm still a little confused, which makes me happy to have read your hub, I really want to look into it more! Thank you!!

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      Thank you so much! I appreciate both the feedback and the support!

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      Hmmmmm... I've never dreamt of a cat yet, but this hub sure will find answers for me in case I dream of a feline being. Voted up and interesting.

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      You're welcome and it's all true. :-)

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      M Carnahan 5 years ago from Nevada

      That is beautiful... about putting down an animal in pain being the last act of love you show. By putting their feelings and pain first. Knowing that we did that for her makes it so much easier to come to terms with. Thank you so much, Esme.

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      That is such an awesome story. I always wonder why people get their pet names from and especially how kids choose names. Tic Tac just sounds cool.

      You are right about people sometimes being unsympathetic. What bothers me about the lack of sympathy is that I get that they don't get it, but why can't they get that someone else does? There are a lot of things that people are involved in that I either don't like, don't understand, find boring, etc. But I get that other people do like, do understand, and find those things exciting and wonderful and IMHO they should be allowed that. And when that which someone else gets involves love...well, love should be respected. I imagine you're still grieving...that's something else that people sometimes don't understand. When we initially suffer a loss, we're still in shock, we may cry and grieve, but we're still just trying to get used to the loss. There is no time limit on how to process things, but oftentimes, people who suffer a loss don't really grieve until the time that most people think they should be "over it." Love isn't something that just goes away. And even though it always stays, even though love is never wasted, it is only natural to miss the object of one's affection, to miss seeing them, holding them.

      I believe you did an honorable and loving thing for Tic Tac. I have read that letting an animal in pain that you love go is the last act of love you will ever show it. When the decision is made to put a beloved pet down--one that you'd gladly keep around a hundred more years--because you are putting her feelings and her pain first, I believe that is an act of true love because you know how bad you will hurt, but make your pain secondary.

      I do cherish my pets. I talk to them like they are three year olds (which I'm sure they probably find annoying) and tell them over and over again: "I love you all the ways and all the times!"

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      M Carnahan 5 years ago from Nevada

      When I was 4, my dad and I were driving somewhere and he asked me what I wanted to name the kitty I was about to get. And at that moment I had a bottle of orange Tic Tac mints in my hand...So I looked at my dad and said, "I want to name her Tic Tac." And the rest is history. She was everything to me. And people who do not like cats would never be able to understand that. When you are close to your kitty and "raise" it, they are family. She was a best friend growing up. When my dad told me that we had to put her down last year, I was devastated. She was beginning to have health problems that the Vet said would only progress and cause her pain. So because we loved her so much, we decided it was best to let her go - to spare her the pain. It broke my heart and even typing this is bringing tears to my eyes. She was the greatest kitty. I will never forget her. I'm glad you cherish your pets - they deserve so much love.

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      Yes indeed! That black and white kitty is all mine. He was just a wee baby when I took those snaps. And yep, you are absolutely correct, there call those black and white kids tuxedos. I read somewhere that they are meant to be "smarter" than other color cats, but I have no idea how that is meant to be measured or what coat color affects intelligence. But it must be true--I read it on the internet. LOL.

      Tic Tac is such a cute name--where did you get it?

      I'm so sorry about your loss. I have my kitty and my dog who is in my article on dog dreams. I dread the day I will lose them, dread it so much. I am connected at the heart with them. I try just being grateful for the time I'm having with them and being happy knowing that I'm giving them an excellent life. But wow, losing a pet is like losing a best friend. I think sometimes people don't allow others enough time to grieve for their pets. I treat it like a serious loss. I hope you are feeling better after losing yours.

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      M Carnahan 5 years ago from Nevada

      Good gracious! Is that black and white kitty yours? He looks just like my kitty - her name was Tic Tac. I had her from the time I was 4 until we had to put her down last year when I was 21. Tuxedo cats I believe is what they are called XD

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I don't remember my dreams but I found this subject very interesting.

      Well written.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is another fascinating hub. I read this one in particular, as I don't dream about cats at all usually. I just found the content very interesting indeed. I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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