Cats are one of the most important domesticated animals in our lives and society, making them equally crucial as dream symbols. When you dream about animals, they often represent a deep and primitive aspect of your personality or a hidden desire. Because cats are such common dream symbols, interpreting them can be very difficult—you’ll need to think deeply about their meaning in your life.
What Does it Mean to Dream About Cats in Your House?
Cats can be either positive or negative symbols, depending on our personal relationship with them. Cats are thought to represent traits such as vulnerability, emotion and secretive desires. As aspects of the self, they can symbolize the parts we keep hidden or try to ignore.
Houses also have a deep meaning for us. Homes can represent safety or prisons in your waking life; they can reflect your feelings about how you view yourself. Many dream analysts view the house as a symbol of our complete self, where specific rooms have meanings.
If you think of a house as your person, then you can look at it this way:
- Attics or top rooms representing your intellect
- Basements represent the subconscious or the hidden.
- Different rooms represent different emotions; for example, a kitchen could represent nourishment and support, while a living room could symbolize how you present yourself publicly.
From this, we can see that cats in our house can be a way our mind is trying to highlight desires and emotions concerning an aspect of ourselves.
What Cats Symbolize in a Dream
Cats in dreams symbolize gentleness, cunning, curiosity, emotions, secret desires, and flexibility. Cats can be a positive or negative symbol depending on your personal and emotional feelings about cats.
Because they are vital to us and have been domesticated for many generations, cats and dogs are the two most common animals in dreams. In Ancient Egypt, cats were worshiped as representatives of gods, and in some cultures, they were seen as sacred.
Other cultures have had a less forgiving view of cats and considered them helpers of the devil or even demons themselves. We all know stories of how witches had cats as familiars! Cats also crop up in superstitions or in sayings:
- Black cats can symbolize good or bad luck
- “Curiosity killed the cat” is a well-known English saying, indicating that we see cats as representing curiosity and intuition.
How you interpret cats in your dream will depend on how you relate to them in the waking world and how your culture has shaped your responses.
If you come from a culture where cats are considered bad luck or dislike cats, seeing them in your dream could be a warning or show a secret desire that has negative consequences.
Other cultures could view cats as good omens or signs of financial luck.
You might love cats and relate to positive personality traits such as independence or curiosity.
When analyzing the meaning of cats in your dream, you’ll need to consider how you react emotionally to them and their cultural significance.
So Is It Good to See Cats in a Dream?
It can be good to see cats in dreams if you have good connotations regarding cats. Cats often represent a feminine aspect of humanity, and these connotations can be favorable or unfavorable.
In Chinese culture, for example, dreaming of cats is considered a good thing. It encourages you to be adaptive to changing situations in the coming days.
Different color cats can also have different meanings related to cultural symbols. In some cultures, black cats can mean an ill omen, while a white cat could symbolize coming sadness.
As with other aspects of dream interpretation, much of the meaning will be personal, so pay attention to your emotions when you see cats in your dreams. Your subconscious will communicate with you using symbols that have specific personal meanings.
Remember to analyze the dream in the context of your waking life. Often an emotionally charged event in your everyday life is responsible for the dream image of cats inside your house. Think about what cats mean for you, then see if it relates to your daily events.
Some Variations of This Dream
For Carl Jung, cats in dreams are symbols of the secretive side of a person’s nature. They also represent creativity and an independent spirit. But when you dream of a cat (or cats) in the context of a house, the meaning can be subtly transformed. Below are some typical examples that suggest what this might mean for you:
1. Dreams about Multiple Cats in your House
Since cats often represent our secret or hidden desires, we must consider what we try to hide from ourselves.
Cats are sometimes seen as representing sexual desire or fertility, so a woman dreaming of many cats in her house may secretly wish for a large family. Or, if the emotions are negative, they may privately find the idea of having many children or being promiscuous something they want to avoid.
Another interpretation of multiple cats is that you feel pulled in too many directions in the waking world. Think of these things and see if any resonate:
- Are you distracted by multiple needs or requirements on your time?
- Are you finding it difficult to focus on what is essential?
- Does your life feel chaotic and uncertain?
Many cats in your house could indicate that you need to step back and prioritize what is important in your life.
2. Dreams About Stray Cats in My House
Dreaming about stray cats in your house can also hold many different meanings.
- Do the stray cats indicate you wish to be more independent, to escape the constraints of your life?
- Are you trying to save the cats? Sometimes this could indicate you want to save other people in your life or prevent them from making bad decisions.
- A single stray cat in your home can indicate loneliness or isolation.
How did you feel about the stray cat, and how does this emotion relate to the circumstances in your present life?
3. Dream About Big Cats in House
While domestic cats symbolize our secret desires, dreaming about big cats such as lions or tigers can indicate a more primal and savage aspect of ourselves. Large cats like tigers, lions, or jaguars represent power, passion, action, and confidence.
This can be positive—perhaps your dream encourages you to take a stand for yourself. Or it can also be a warning that your actions will have destructive consequences.
Carl Jung said, “So the lion is the law-breaker. Just as to the primitive man, the lion is the lawbreaker, the great nuisance, dangerous to human beings and to animals, that breaks into the Kraal at night and fetches the bull out of the herd: he is the destructive instinct.”
Look at how the big cat behaves in your dream:
- Is it protecting you, or does it terrify you? If you feel threatened, you might want to consider what aspect of yourself is causing these adverse reactions.
- Is the wild cat causing damage to yourself, your home, or other people—what could this symbolize about your secret desires?
4. Dream about a House full of Dead Cats
If cats symbolize our innermost desires, then to dream of a dead cat can be somewhat scary and represent our secret fears.
Dead cats filling your house can be a sign that there are things that terrify you about yourself. Perhaps the actions you are taking in real life are causing distress that you are scared of facing.
Other interpretations can depend on what cats mean to you.
If cats symbolize your independence, then dead cats might indicate that you feel you have no freedom. Perhaps you fear losing your independence because you need to rely on others for help.
Dead cats can represent our fears about loss, especially our family or close friends.
What Does it Mean If You Dream About a Kitten in Your House
Kittens can trigger a protective instinct in us. They can represent nurturing and protective parts of ourselves. Our subconscious may be using kittens to show us vulnerability or represent innocence.
How we relate to this in our dreams will depend on what is going on in our waking lives.
If we feel vulnerable, kittens could show us we must protect and nurture ourselves. If we are sick or grieving, our mind could be letting us know we need to take the time to heal.
Sometimes we dream of cats giving birth to kittens, which could show that it’s time to act on our curiosity or hidden desires so that new things can begin.
As with all dream symbols, we need to note the emotions in our dreams and what our subconscious mind wishes to highlight. Draw parallels to what cats mean in the waking world and your culture, and use that to decipher the message your dreaming mind wants to impart.