Cat Dream Meanings
Are You Dreaming of Cats?
Was your dream filled with a myriad of meowing cats? 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 the importance and meanings of dreams for over a decade. Dreams tell us many things about ourselves and about the world around us, plus give us the ability to explore other worlds in our minds and possibly on other planes of existence. To ancient people, dreams were a sacred, spiritual tool that could provide answers to pressing questions.
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 the meanings of your cat dream. With this in mind, let's explore cats and why these felines have come into your dreamworld.
Cats in Mythology
World mythology is soaked in legends and tales of cats. Did you know the first domesticated cat dates back to ancient Egypt? The Egyptians were the first people to take in cats as pets, inevitably turning them into the adorable, fluffy house-pets of today. In addition to taking care of cats, the Egyptians worshiped them in many ways. They believed cats were sacred to the cat goddess Bast (or Bastet), who was the goddess of the protection, fertility, and motherhood. Cats were praised for their ability to ward off rodents and snakes from eating crops, as well as keeping rodents out of the home. In fact, some cats were even mummified as an offering to the Egyptian goddess Bast. There have been numerous tombs filled with mummified cats and kittens found in the past two centuries.
In Medieval times and in the early modern period, cats were often thought to be witches' familiars or the shapeshifted version of the witch herself. 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 something evil...a devious creature with a drive to aid the devil's work. Some societies still see black cats in this way, hence the superstition in America if a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck. This is the opposite to places in Asia, where the black cat is considered very good luck.
Now that we've briefly studied some cat mythology, we can delve into the world of cat dream interpretations.
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 become insensitive or are stifling your emotional needs. Another dream interpretation for unsettling 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 scratch or bite them. Though this may seem like a nightmare, 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 dream, maybe your subconscious is trying to tell you that you're making a decision that is threatening the well-being of your mentality or spirituality. A bite from an animal in any dream is a call to action. The animal is trying to get your attention and quick!
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
Kitten Dream Interpretations
When kittens come into our dreams, we are lucky dreamers. Kittens are sweet, endearing, and curious. If you are dreaming of kittens, it was most likely an innocent, happy dream. Dreams of kittens playing or sleeping indicate a new idea or new inspiration in your life. You may be curious of a different path in life, in which this dream is encouraging you to go for it! You may also be releasing feminine energy that you've stifled, or coming into a phase in your life that will be satisfying and playful. If the kittens in your dream are drinking milk from a bowl or from their mother, this represents nourishment to your soul. You are at a time in your life when you need to feed your soul whatever makes you joyful.
Kittens that are hurt, stolen, or lost in your dream indicate how you are feeling internally. Perhaps you have an emotional issue with feeling abandoned or having your feelings hurt by someone close to you. Any time there's a negative situation involving a baby or young animal in your dream, it almost always represents your child-like side so interpret your kitten dream in this way.
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© 2011 Nicole Canfield