Dreaming about Cats.
Psychological Meaning: Animals represent the instinctive side of your nature. A cat express feminine qualities and may represent the positive, creative and sensuous aspects of femininity. If the cat in your dream is aggressive, this may show that you are having problems with the feminine side of yourself. You may be taking a ‘catty’ attitude or have a negative view of women in general.
Mystical Meaning: In mythology, cats were associated with the old pagan fertility gods. They were a symbol of the Earth Mother and represented the power and wisdom of Nature. Cats were sacred to the Egyptians as custodians of the souls of the dead. Only with the advent of Christianity were they deemed to be the evil familiar of witches. Because of this, most dream books consider it unlucky to dream about cats.
NIGHTMARE ABOUT FLATTENED KITTENS
I dreamed I saw three different-colored kittens (tabby, black and white, cream) which had been flattened and stacked on top of each other. At first, I thought they must surely be dead. However, as I drew closer to them, I could detect faint breathing. I knew they were very close to death, but that if I could get them inside my house, I might be able to save them. It was with a great sense of urgency that I approached my front door and started to turn the key in the lock in order to open it. To my dismay, before I could get the door open, the key broke in half as I turned it in the lock. The emotional impact of this actually awoke me from the dream.
CRAIG’S REPLY: This dream is about a series of troubles you have had to confront in waking life. Cats are associated with femininity and independence. In a woman’s dream they can be a symbol of how you view yourself. Kittens suggest vulnerability and the symbolism may point to your own youth and childhood.
The dream suggests that at some time in your life you were faced with a number of soul-crushing problems stacked one on top of the other – like the flattened cats of assorted colours in the dream.
At the time you felt that you were emotionally dying. Think about what are the three most similar, upsetting issues you have encountered in the past: for example three dead kittens could represent three deaths, three illnesses or three serious life problems.
The locked door represents the fact that you have repressed these emotions – you feel that these past problems have given you a feeling of being locked out from inner peace and happiness. The dream is trying to resolve these powerful emotions. You think that the key to resolution is to address the issues urgently but you continue to feel helpless and emotionally locked out.
My suggestion is that these personal issues are best approached with gentleness. You cannot force this door or – just like the key – you will snap. You have to gently and gradually resolve the emotional upsets and take some of the pressure off yourself.