From time to time, most people will dream of cats. No matter whether you have a pet cat or a fear of cats, they are something that you will often encounter in day to day life, so it is unsurprising that they can also make their way into your dreams.
If you have ever dreamt about cats, then you might be wondering what these dreams mean.
Our dreams are often filled with symbolism, so you might be trying to decipher what a dream about a cat means.
There are lots of different types of dreams about cats that you can have.
In this guide, we’ll be taking a look at 37 types, along with their interpretations to help you figure out the meaning behind your dream. So keep on reading to find out more!
What Is The General Meaning Behind A Dream About Cats?
Cats can appear in your dreams in a variety of different ways. Most of the time, things that appear in your dreams happen because of things that you are ignoring, or not engaging with, in your normal day-to-day life.
Cats are powerful symbols, so if they appear in your dreams, this could mean a wide variety of things.
Cats are strong and emotional figures, so if these domestic animals appear in your dream, they can be interpreted in a wide variety of ways.
It all depends on how the cats appear, so we will look at a number of different scenarios shortly.
But, let’s take a quick look at the general meanings associated with cats in dreams.
Anybody who owns a cat will tell you that these creatures are incredibly affectionate.
Cats can symbolize love and care simply because these creatures show that they love you.
Cats don’t need their owners so any affection that is shown is pure and from your cat’s heart.
This is why cats appearing in dreams could be a reminder of your loved ones, and a sign that you should reach out and spend more time with them.
Cats in your dreams can also symbolize feminine energy. So a woman dreaming of cats could interpret this dream to mean that she should nurture her inner talents or trust her own wisdom.
In contrast, if a man is dreaming of cats, this could be a sign that he should nurture his feminine qualities, be more creative and embrace his emotions.
By nature, cats are independent creatures. They don’t need their humans to live, and they can happily thrive on their own.
So, if you are dreaming of cats, this could be a sign that you should embrace your own independence and become more self-sufficient.
Also by nature, cats are incredibly intuitive. So a cat appearing in your dreams could be a sign that you are ignoring your own intuition, and that you should embrace them more frequently.
Pay attention to that inner voice and your inner call. Don’t ignore it.
In some cultures, cats are seen as lucky. Likewise, in certain dream themes, cats appearing could be a sign of good luck and fortune.
This dream could be telling you that good things are coming your way.
Alternatively, it could be a reassurance of good luck for tough things that are coming your way.
Hard work always pays off, so a cat appearing in your dreams could be a sign that you need to keep at the grind and carry on working towards your dreams.
Abuse And Inner Healing
Not all dreams of cats are pleasant. You might dream of a cat that has been hurt or abused, and this could be a reflection of your own personal life.
If you have experienced abuse or trauma in your own life, then this can display itself in your dreams.
A cat appearing in your dreams could be a sign that you need to acknowledge that trauma and start healing from the inside out.
Cheating And Deceit
Finally, one of the other general meanings of cats in dreams centers around deceit and cheating.
Cats can be a bad symbol as well as a good one, so if a cat appears in your dreams in a certain way, it could be a sign that there are people in your life who are being dishonest.
It could be a sign that you need to be vigilant in day to day life because your subconscious has spotted people who are out to harm you.
37 Types Of Dreams About Cats
Now that we have taken a look at some of the general meanings behind dreams about cats, let’s take a look at some specific scenarios in which a cat might appear in your dream, and what they might mean.
1. Dreaming Of A Cat With Kittens
The first dream in which you might encounter a cat is when you see a cat that has recently had kittens in your dream.
While this might paint a pretty picture, this dream actually tends to have negative meanings behind it.
A dream where a cat appears with kittens can be a sign of impending doom in your personal life.
It could be a sign that friends or family could betray you, or that there might be cheating going on in your relationship.
If the cat and kittens in the dream are fighting, then this is a sign that there is negative energy preventing you from reaching your personal goals.
If you are in a place of restlessness, and don’t seem to be progressing to your goals, then this could be why cats and kittens appear in your dream.
2. Dreaming Of Kittens
However, if kittens appear in your dreams on their own, then the dream could have a completely different meaning.
Kittens on their own scream innocence, and it could be telling you that you need to get in touch with your child-like self.
A dream about kittens could be a sign that you need to get out of your comfort zone where you feel secure, and take a chance to choose your own path in life.
It could be your inner self telling you that you need to go out and explore. Keep yourself protected, but also take a chance in life.
Generally speaking kittens, especially miniature kittens, are a good sign in your dream. They tend to symbolize positive emotions of love, kindness, and innocence.
Dreaming of kittens is a sign that things could be going well in your personal life.
3. Dreaming Of Multiple Cats
In contrast, a dream about multiple adult cats could be a sign that something is going wrong in your waking life.
It can be a sign of impending doom and that danger is coming your way, however it is impossible to see where it is coming from.
They are a sign that your subconscious is sensing danger, even though it doesn’t know where it is coming from.
If you have a general feeling of unease in your waking life, then multiple cats might appear in your dream.
They may remain there until you address what is causing this feeling in your waking life.
4. Dreaming Of Cats In Your Home
Sometimes it is possible to have symbolic dreams which are dreams where you realize they aren’t real.
If you are somebody who doesn’t own any pet cats, then dreaming of cats in your home could be a perfect example of this.
Dreaming about cats in your home could be a sign that you are living in a haze in your waking life.
If you find yourself constantly living on autopilot, doing things without realizing, and not really working towards your goals and dreams.
When you live a busy life, it is easy to find yourself stuck in a rut. If you haven’t realized this, then a dream about cats in your home could be a sign of this.
A dream about cats in your home could also be a sign to get your head out of the clouds, and to come back to the real world.
5. Dreaming Of A Stray Cat
Sometimes cats might appear in your dreams without being the sole focus of that dream.
This is what often happens when you dream about a stray cat.
Often, a stray cat appearing in your dream can be a nod to your lonely self, so a stray cat might appear in your dream if you are feeling down.
If you are feeling alone, or feeling self-pity, then a stray cat might appear in your dreams.
But the way in which you interact with the stray cat can alter the meaning of the dream.
If you feed the cat, then it could be a nod to chaos in your intimate relationships.
Alternatively, if you are attacked by the stray cat, then you could lack financial security. Generally though, a stray cat is a nod to loneliness.
6. Dreaming Of A Playful Cat
Cats are generally rather playful, so it is fairly common to encounter a playful cat in your dreams.
Playful cats symbolize a light hearted attitude, and could be a suggestion that you need to take life less seriously.
There are times to be serious, and there are times to have fun, a playful cat in your dream could be telling you to tap into your playful side.
Generally, playful cats appear at times when you are being incredibly conscious about things that are going on in your life.
They may also appear at times when you are getting stressed and worked up about what is going on in your waking life.
A playful cat is a sign for you to take a step back and enjoy the process rather than getting worked up about the end goal.
7. Dreaming Of A Screaming Cat
Screaming is never a good sign, and the same principle applies to screaming cats in your dreams.
A screaming cat in your dream is a warning sign of deceit/harm coming from a friend or known person.
Wickedness is coming your way from somebody that you love or trust, and the screaming cat in your dream is warning you of this.
In particular, a screaming cat in a dream should be a concern to mothers who are expecting a child.
Screaming cats can be a warning of hidden issues going on in your personal life, or that an accident or harm is coming your way.
So, if you are expecting a baby, it could be a warning that you need to get a check-up on the baby.
8. Dreaming Of A Meowing Cat
Cats meow frequently, so it is common for this behavior to cross over into your dreams.
A meowing cat can be a sign of misfortune coming your way. In particular, it can signify misfortune coming your way at the hand of those around you.
This doesn’t necessarily need to be malicious. A lot of the time this can be done accidentally through carelessness, but this doesn’t make the misfortune any less harmful. So if a cat meows in your dreams, be wary in your waking life.
9. Dreaming Of A Wild Cat
Wild cats have a completely different meaning to domestic cats.
You might expect wild cats to be a bad sign in your dreams, but this isn’t actually the case. In fact, a wild cat in your dream is usually a good sign.
Wild cats have all sorts of positive meanings, from strength to conviction and courage.
A wild cat in your dream could be a sign that you are committed and convicted to finish your resolution.
It is a reassurance that you should stick to your guns and keep working towards your goals.
10. Dreaming Of A Stolen Cat
As you would imagine, a dream about a stolen cat definitely isn’t a good sign.
Cats are part of the family, so a cat being stolen will generate feelings of loss.
When a cat is stolen in your dream, it is a sign from your subconscious about feelings that you may be ignoring.
If you are feeling fearful or insecure, a dream about a stolen cat could be your subconscious telling you to address these feelings.
Remember, dreams are often a depiction of thoughts and feelings we are ignoring during our waking time.
11. Dreaming Of A Sleeping Cat
Sleeping cats are a sign of peace and tranquility. Cats spend a lot of their lifetime fast asleep, and they always look totally relaxed.
So a sleeping cat in your dream can be a reflection of peace and serenity in your waking life.
If you are at a point in your life when things seem to be going well, where you are experiencing little stress, and generally things are good, then you might see a sleeping cat in your dream.
You are at peace and happy, and the sleeping cat in your dream is a reflection of this.
12. Dreaming Of An Aggressive Cat
While a sleeping cat could be a reflection of serenity in your waking life, an aggressive cat could be a reflection of turmoil in your waking life.
Most of the time, if there is a cat exhibiting aggressive behavior in your dreams, this is because you are feeling similar emotions in your waking life.
If you are in conflict with a friend who is taking advantage of your kind nature, or you are feeling trapped in your job, then an aggressive cat might appear in your dream.
Feelings of anger and frustration can easily be displayed through an aggressive cat appearing in your dreams.
13. Dreaming Of An Injured Cat
Likewise, if you are feeling down and dejected, then an injured cat might appear in your dreams.
As we discussed earlier, cats are usually a symbol of power, so if the cat in your dream is injured, it could be a sign that there is something in your life that is making you suffer.
Dreams of injured cats are common among those who are trapped in toxic relationships, no matter whether that be with a significant other, a friend, or an employer.
If you are lacking stability and happiness in your waking life, then your power will take a hit, and that is why an injured cat might feature in your dreams.
14. Dreaming Of A Dying Cat
No normal person likes to watch animals suffer, and if you are a cat lover, then dreaming of a dying cat can be particularly difficult.
If the cat in your dream is already dead, then it could be a symbol of your loss of personal freedom and independence.
It could also signify a loss in personal confidence, perhaps after a traumatic experience in your life.
If the cat in your dream is drowning, then this could be a reflection of you feeling trapped and confined.
This could be because you are unhappy with the direction that your life is heading in, and feel helpless to make any changes.
Take this sign to make the changes that you need to in your life to feel happy.
You may also dream of a cat that is dying because you killed it in self defense.
We’ll take a further look at what dreams of cat attacks and killing cats mean later on.
But a dream of killing a cat in self defense might mean that you have broken free of whatever was making you feel trapped in your waking life.
15. Dreaming Of Healthy And Sick Cats
Just like human beings, cats can become unhealthy and sick. It is possible to dream of both healthy and unhealthy cats simultaneously.
In these dreams, “sickness” is often a reflection of intellect and intuition, dreaming of a sick cat could be a sign that your intuition is off.
Sick cats can be a sign that your intuition balance is off and requires readjusting.
It could be a sign that your intuition is carrying you down a bad path, and that you should stop and take a moment before making any hasty decisions.
A dream of both healthy and sick cats generally denotes an imbalance in some aspect of your life.
16. Dreaming Of Saving A Cat
Everybody loves to be the hero. If you save a cat from danger or death in your dream, then that makes you the hero, but what does dreaming of saving a cat mean?
Dreaming of saving a cat can also be a reflection of saving yourself in your waking life.
If you have been going through a toxic situation in your life that has removed your power, but have taken steps to remove yourself from that situation, then you might dream of saving a cat. In saving the cat, you have saved yourself by removing yourself from that situation. You have regained your own power and that is something to be proud of.
17. Dreaming Of A Cat Giving Birth
Cats have kittens, this reproduction is common, so at some point in your life, you might dream about this. When a cat gives birth, new life is born.
Reproduction is truly one of the great wonders of life, but it also brings about great change.
If you dream of a cat giving birth, it is usually because you are going through change.
A big change in your life may cause you to dream of a cat giving birth.
If you are changing jobs, going through a divorce, entering a new relationship, or even having children yourself, then a cat in your dreams may give birth to kittens.
18. Dreaming Of A Cat Drinking Milk Or Water
Alternatively, if you are feeling overwhelmed, then you may dream of a cat drinking milk or water.
If you are going through a time of intense emotion, then a cat might drink water or milk in your dream.
The milk/water symbolizes your feelings, and the cat drinking them symbolizes you.
Sometimes intense emotions can be good. But more often than not, they aren’t.
So if you dream of a cat drinking milk/water, it could be a sign of toxicity in your waking life that you need to address.
19. Dreaming Of A Cat And A Mouse
You only need to watch a snippet of Tom and Jerry to know that a cat chasing a mouse causes chaos.
So, if you dream of this, it is usually a reflection of chaotic things that are happening in your waking life.
Nobody’s personal life is perfect, and everybody goes through periods of turmoil.
So if you are experiencing upheaval in your personal life then you might see a cat chasing a mouse while you sleep.
20. Dreaming Of A Cat Chasing Something
In contrast, if you see a cat chasing something other than a mouse in your dreams, then this is usually a good sign.
In these dreams, the cat symbolizes you, and whatever it is chasing is your dreams.
So, if you have made a big step towards achieving one of your personal goals/dreams, you might dream of a cat chasing a creature or toy around.
21. Dreaming Of Selling A Cat
Quite often, dreams that involve money are not a good sign. The same principle applies to dreams of selling a cat.
If you sell a cat in your dream then this could mean that you are setting yourself up to lose money in your waking life. It could also be a nod to bad judgments that you have made in your waking life.
If you dream about selling a cat, then it could be the universe telling you to remain vigilant.
Double-check your options before you make any financial decisions, and remember if something seems too good to be true, it often is. So take caution with any financial choices following this dream.
22. Dreaming Of Being Surrounded By Cats
In your waking life, it might be a dream to be surrounded by cats, but in your dreams, being surrounded by cats isn’t necessarily a good thing.
If you dream of being surrounded by cats this is generally a bad omen that the people around you aren’t good for you and your well-being.
A dream about being surrounded by cats could symbolize that the people around you are holding grudges or feel discontentment towards you.
This dream is a warning that you should be cautious of any malicious actions that could come your way from the people around you.
23. Dreaming Of Being Scared Of A Cat
If you are scared of cats in your waking life, then it might not surprise you if you are scared of cats in your dreams too.
However, if you are somebody who normally loves cats, then being afraid of cats in your dreams might come as a shock.
If you feel fear towards a cat in your dream, then this is usually a reflection of false fears in your waking life.
If you are apprehensive about a task that you shouldn’t feel fear towards, then you may dream of being scared of a cat.
In your waking life, it is very easy to become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, even if the thing that you are fearful of isn’t scary.
So a dream of being scared of a cat could be a sign to take a moment, take a breath, and approach the task at hand without fear.
24. Dreaming Of A Cat Scratching You
As any cat owner will tell you, cats do scratch you. Even cats that love you will scratch you from time to time. But what does it mean if a cat scratches you in your dreams?
Cat scratching in dreams isn’t a good sign. Instead, it is a sign that there is unresolved business in your waking life.
If you have relationships in your waking life which are full of issues and unresolved conflict then this can spill over into your dreams, and leave you with cat scratches.
25. Dreaming Of A Cat Biting You
Some cats also bite. Cat bites are not always malicious, your cat might bite you playfully because this is how cats often play with one another.
However, cat bites can be aggressive and they can cause pain. So, as you may expect, dreaming of a cat biting you isn’t a good sign.
If you dream of a cat biting you, then it could be because there are people in your waking life plotting against you.
If you experience this dream, then you should proceed with caution in your waking life, and use this caution as your power against those who are out to harm you.
26. Dreaming Of A Cat Attacking You
In a similar scenario, you may also dream of a cat attacking you.
Domestic cats generally do not attack humans, so this dream isn’t a foreboding notice that a cat is going to attack you at some point in the future.
Instead, these dreams are often a reflection of your fears and apprehensions in your waking life.
If you are in a situation in your waking life where you are feeling fearful of something that is due to happen, then this will be reflected in your dreams.
Likewise, if you are in a place of conflict in your waking life, and risk losing something if the conflict doesn’t resolve, then you may dream of being attacked by a cat.
27. Dreaming Of Being Jumped On By A Cat
A cat jumping on you is a hostile action. So, if you dream of being jumped on by a cat then this could be a reflection of hostility that is occurring in your waking life.
If you are at a crossroads in your life, or are struggling with a certain aspect of your life, then you may experience this dream.
Most of the time, dreams of being jumped on by a cat are a reflection of you failing to come to a good decision in your life.
If you are at a crossroads, and remain at that crossroads for a lengthy period, then this dream may become recurring until you make a change that will alter your circumstances.
28. Dreaming Of Cats Fighting
Cats fight for all manner of reasons. They play fight and they experience real fights too, so dreaming of cats fighting isn’t that strange.
You might expect cats fighting to be a bad omen, but this dream is actually associated with positive things.
A dream of cats fighting can represent a victory that has happened in your waking life.
Most of the time, you have to work hard for that victory, and this is reflected by the cats fighting.
You have come out of a tricky situation victorious, just as one of the cats will when the fight comes to an end.
29. Dreaming Of Beating A Cat
Animal abuse is completely unacceptable, so you might be alarmed if you dream of yourself beating a cat.
This dream often means that you are too trustful of people in your waking life, and that you should be a little more wary about the people around you.
This dream could also mean that you have beaten conspiracies about you, and that you have correct peoples incorrect assumptions about you.
You have proven their opinions wrong, and beat them apart. This is reflected by you beating the cat in your dream.
30. Dreaming Of Killing A Cat
We have already briefly spoken about dreams of killing a cat. If you have dreamt of killing a cat in self defense, then check out number 14 “dreaming of a dying cat” (You might also want to check out The Meaning Of The Angel Number 1414).
If you have dreamed of killing a cat unprovoked, then keep on reading.
Generally, if you kill a cat in your dream it is because you are noticing the evil motives of the people around you.
In your dream, these evil motives are represented by the cat. So by killing the cat, you are removing these evil motives from your life, allowing you to be happy.
This dream is a sign that you should remove those with evil motives from your life.
31. Dreaming Of Cat Eyes
Finally, you may dream of cat eyes. Many cat owners will have awoken in the middle of the night to a cat standing on their chest, and cat eyes peering into theirs. But what does it mean if you dream of cat eyes?
Dreams of cat eyes almost always symbolize focus and self-confidence.
If you remember a dream about cat eyes, this is a sign that you should knuckle down and focus on reaching your goals.
You should use your own intuition to get there and have the confidence in yourself to trust that you will achieve anything that you want to.
Cats Of Different Colors
The actions of the cat in your dream and the interactions that you have with it will affect what the dream means, but this isn’t the only thing that can alter your dream’s meaning.
The color of the cat in your dream can also affect its meaning, so let’s take a quick look at this.
32. Dreaming Of Ginger/Orange Cats
Orange, or ginger, cats tend to have huge personalities in the waking world. In the dream world, these brightly colored cats also tend to mean positive things.
Dreams about orange cats could signify new starts or good luck. So, dreaming about an orange cat is usually a good thing.
33. Dreaming Of Brown Cats
Likewise, dreaming of a brown cat also tends to be a good thing. Just like orange cats, brown cats symbolize good luck and fortune.
Dreaming of these cats has also been associated with gaining clarity, and a sign that you should let go of old habits and embrace change.
34. Dreaming Of Black Cats
Black cats have become unpopular in society because many people falsely associate them with bad luck.
However, in dreams, black cats are also a symbol of good luck.
A black cat in your dream could be a sign that you should trust your own intuition and the path that you are on.
35. Dreaming Of Gray Cats
Unlike the other colors that we have looked at so far, gray cats do not symbolize good luck, instead they symbolize peace and calmness.
A gray cat may appear in your dream to remind you to stay focused, and help restore serenity so you can carry on working towards your goals.
36. Dreaming Of White Cats
In contrast, white cats are actually a bad omen. A white cat appearing in your dreams is a sign of confusion and doubt.
It could also symbolize ongoing issues in your life, and be a sign that you need to resolve these issues in order to be happy.
37. Dreaming Of Blue Cats
Finally, you may dream about a blue cat. Blue cats may appear in your dreams if you are in a period of uncertainty, and your life is missing clarity.
If you are following a line of false information in your waking life, then a blue cat may appear in your dreams to encourage you to question your path, and if it is the right choice for you.
What Does The Bible Say?
If you are a religious person, then you might be interested to hear what the religious texts say about dreams of cats.
According to the Bible, a dream about a cat is a representation of evil things in nature.
Cats, mainly big cats such as tigers and lions, are known predators in nature. So their presence in your dream could cause harm.
Many ancient scriptures teach that a dream about a cat symbolizes destruction.
It could also be a reflection of independence and authority in your waking life.
However the historic teachings for different cultures say different things.
For example, in Ancient Egypt, cats were worshiped. So, dreams about cats in this culture were associated with femininity, sexuality, and nurture.
What Is The Spiritual Meaning?
There are a wide range of spiritual meanings associated with dreams of cats.
Just as we discussed earlier, the situation in which the cat appears in your dreams will impact the dreams’ meaning.
For example, the spiritual meaning behind a dream where you cannot find your cat could mean that somebody is taking away your mental power.
You might have fears about your independence being taken away from you due to changes in your personal circumstances. In your dream, this might be reflected in your pet cat getting lost.
There are a number of general themes in which a cat might appear in your dream. Here are some of the spiritual meanings behind these themes:
- Communication With The Other Side – Cats are a species of animal that are thought to be associated with the world of spirits. So, a cat in your dream could be a deceased loved one communicating with you.
- Reflection Of Ego – Cats are independent. If you begin to dream of cats, then this could be a sign that you need to find the confidence to deal with obstacles in your life.
- Sexuality – In some ancient teachings, cats were worshiped as Gods. Due to this, cats are often associated with feminine sexuality and power in many cultures.
As we have established in this guide, there are all sorts of meanings associated with dreams of cats. The exact meaning will depend on the theme of your dream.
The Different Meanings In Different Cultures
We have taken a look at the meaning behind cats in Christianity and in Ancient Egyptian culture, so let’s take a quick look at the meaning behind dreams of cats in other cultures.
In Celtic culture, dreams of cats have been associated with fear and anxiety.
They were often associated with worries about the future, and signs of bad fortune. In Celtic culture, a dream about a cat is not a good thing.
Chinese And Japanese Culture
Dreams about cats in Chinese and Japanese culture also point towards bad things.
The cats themselves are not a bad thing, but in these cultures, cats are symbols of protection against evil forces.
So, if you start to dream of cats it could be a sign that there is danger in your waking life.
However, in contrast, some Japanese people associate dreams of cats with joy and prosperity.
In Islamic culture, dreams about cats are a positive thing. In this culture, cats represent pride, honor, and good luck.
Ask Yourself This
In order to decipher your dream about cats, there are a number of different things that you need to ask yourself.
Dreams about cats are common, even among those who aren’t cat lovers, but they can be quite alarming at times too. So, if you dream of cats, ask yourself the following questions:
- How often do you dream of cats?
- What was the cat doing in your dream?
- Are there any major changes going on in your life right now?
- Were you afraid in the dream?
- Do you like, or even love, cats? Do you have one as a pet?
- Could the dream be telling you something about your waking life?
- How would you analyze your dream?
Ask yourself these questions and then review the information that we have given you in this guide. From there, you should be able to decipher the meaning of the dream.
In short, dreams about cats can have a variety of different meanings.
This will be influenced by the culture that you are living in, the scenario in which the cats appear, and the color of the cat too. Thank you for reading!
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