An appearance of a cat in a dream has a long and complex cultural history. In ancient Egypt, cats were considered royalty, but the Puritans linked them with the Devil and demons. The Egyptians had several goddesses with cat features, including Sekhet, the Moon goddess and wife of Ptah, the creative principle. She was associated with both the reunification and separation principles.
Cats symbolize the dreamer’s feelings as well. For example, a cat – especially a kitten – can represent vulnerability or a need for help. The dream cat may be telling you that independence is fine, but you should consider asking for help. It may also represent your feelings of emotional or sexual vulnerability.
Cats also represent independence, agility, luck, and stealth. Some cultures believe that a car in a dream always means bad luck, unless you chase it away before you wake up. Black cats have historically been linked with bad luck, but if you have a cat as a pet in your waking life, these negative cultural associations are not likely to apply to you. Some interpretations suggest that seeing a black cat in a dream always means impending danger, while a white cat represents your strong affection for a particular person.
A cat in a dream symbolizes your Self or an aspect of your Self. Cats are often considered to be mysterious and aloof, and as such, they may symbolize intuition in a dream. This dream indicates that you should rely more on your instincts and act on what you feel “in your gut.”
Cats also represent sexuality and women. When a woman dreams of a cat, it may symbolize her feelings of sexual power. For a man, the dream cat may symbolize his “feminine side,” which, in turn, may suggest either self-sabotage or a high level of awareness. If a man dreams of a being unable to get away from a cat, this has a negative connotation, but if he is feeding a cat in a dream, it indicates he has a positive relationship with his intuitive side. In terms of sexuality, a cat in a man’s dream can mean sexual fulfillment or that he believes himself to be attractive to women.
In the past, a dream cat was often considered to be a bad omen, predicting that the dreamer would be the target of black magic and dark powers. However, as people become more comfortable with mystical topics and disciplines, the dream cat’s associations with magic have more positive connotations. Cats in dreams linked to prosperity and power, love, loyalty, beauty, and the defense of important people in your life. The dream cat may indicate your pursuit of a strongly desired goal.
The activity associated with the cat you see in your dream is important to its meaning. If you kill a cat in your dream, you will receive deserved punishment. If you are scratched or bitten by a cat, someone you know has a negative effect on you. To be surrounded by cats in a dream indicates that you are in the company of false friends. If you see several cats in a dream, your romantic partner will be unfaithful to you. And if wild cats appear in a dream, it indicates a coming fight with the neighbors.