Cat Dream Meanings
Dreaming of Cats?
Your nightly dream escapades have brought a myriad of cats into your dreams? Or maybe you've just dreamed one cat dream lately that you would like interpreted? I'm here to help with your cat dream interpretation. I am a big dreamer and believer in dreams. I am also an avid and natural lucid dreamer and have been studying my own dreams for at least seven years now. While I love interpreting dreams of others', I do have to remind you that the ultimate dream interpretation must be finalized by the dreamer. I can merely offer suggestions for your cat dream interpretation. With all of this in mind, let's explore cats and why these felines are entering your dreamworld!
Cats in Mythology
World mythology is soaked in legends and tales of cats, more specifically the domesticated cat has been found to date back to ancient Egypt! The Egyptians were the first people to take in cats as pets, inevitably domesticating them. In addition to taking care of cats, the Egyptians also worshiped them in some ways. The ancient Egyptians believed that cats were sacred to the cat goddess Bast, who was the goddess of the protection, fertility, and motherhood. Cats were praised for their ability to ward off rodents and snakes from the ancient Egyptians crops, as well as keeping rodents out of the ancient Egyptians' homes. In fact, some cats were even mummified as an offering to the Egyptian goddess Bast. There have been numerous tombs filled with mummy cats and kittens found in the past two hundred years.
In other more negative cat mythology is the myth of cats being witches' familiars. This distorted imagery of the domesticated cat originated during the infamous Burning Times (or witch trials) in Europe and the US Colonies. Though cats had been loved and worshiped in cultures all around the world for hundreds, if not thousands of years before, the Catholic and Christian people turned cats into an evil entity...a filthy creature with a need to aid the devil's work. This is obviously very far from the truth, and all cat lovers know this for a fact!
Now that we've briefly studied some cat mythology, we can delve into the world of cat dream interpretations.
Domesticated Cat Dream Interpretations
Depending on the environment/setting of your cat dream, cat dreams can be interpreted in many different ways.
If the environment or setting of your cat dream was calm and serene, with a calm and sleepy cat, one dream interpretation could be that your feminine side is content and fulfilled. This is especially a good sign for new mothers.
What about if your cat dream is sort of unsettling? Like if you are searching for a lost cat or maybe the cat jumps out at you from a dark place?
One could interpret these sorts of cat dreams to mean that your feminine side is missing or being stifled. For men, this doesn't necessarily mean that you have to be "girly", it just may mean that maybe you have lost a sense of sensitivity that is very critical in many experiences in life. Another dream interpretation for these cat dreams could be that you are sexually frustrated. The lost cat represents an important aspect of your life that you are trying to get back and the jumpy cat represents a frustrated side...both could be your sexuality (or lack thereof).
Some people have cat dreams that involve a wild cat that may even scratch or bite them. Though this may seem like a nightmare of sorts, the attacking cat is merely a message that your subconscious is trying to get over to your conscious mind. Why do cats attack in real life? Usually to defend themselves or in a playful way. Was the attacking cat in your dream vicious or merely trying to find a playmate? It could very well be that your subconscious is trying to tell you to have a little playtime...time to unwind from the daily pressures of life. If the cat was truly attacking you in your cat dream, maybe your subconscious is trying to tell you that you are making a decision that is threatening the well-being of your mentality or spirituality.
Hopefully I helped you figure out a possible cat dream interpretation. If I missed a major cat dream scenario, please let me know and I'll be glad to add it! Share your dreams with me.
Big Cat Dream Interpretations
What if you've having dreams of large cats, such as a tiger, lion, or panther?
These dreams could indicate totally different meanings to the dreams that involve your normal household cats. Why is this? Because the large cats are still wild by nature, they still hold their primal instinct and therefore are bound to bring a more "wild" message to you through your dreams.
If you are dreaming of a tiger in some aspect, here are some possible interpretations:
- the need for power
- the need to be aggressive in a situation where you feel out of control
- the desire for passion in your life or a new level of feminine sexuality
- if you're bitten or attacked by a tiger: you might be having repressed emotions that need to be freed/liberated
If you are dreaming of a lion, here are some possible dream interpretations:
- to dream of a lioness might mean you are on the "hunt" for a lover
- you might be coming into a situation that calls for courage and strength
- you feel powerful or have the need to feel powerful
- could be a warning that a threatening situation is about to take place
- you need to be a part of the "pride" in order to accomplish your goals, team-work is necessary at this time in your life
If you are dreaming of a panther or mountain lion of some kind, here are some possible interpretations:
- you have a need to connect to the Divine Feminine
- you are in need of a protector of some kind
- you are ready to reclaim your personal power
- you are coming into a new spiritual path of power
© 2011 Nicole Canfield