Cat Symbolism, Meaning, and Totem

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Cat Totem Message and Meaning:

Cat is one of the most mysterious and magical totem animals. If your totem is a cat spirit or if you have seen a cat cross your path recently, you will want to ask yourself these questions:

Are you hiding something, or is someone you know hiding something from you? Cat totem often has insights that others around them don’t. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, as cats can always be trusted to keep their secrets to themselves.

Are you taking necessary risks and opportunities in your life? Cats carry the symbol of 9 lives, so they can afford to take some occasional big risks. You may be avoiding something in your life out of fear of failing, but if you take the leap you might just find that you land easily on your feet, just like the totem animal.

Is your life changing in a big way, and are you reacting negatively to the change? This animal is a highly adaptable creature, and if you’ve found yourself in a place of drastic change in your life, cat totem spirit may be reminding you to go with the flow and open up to the change.

cat symbolism and totemCat Spirit People Are:

  • Perceptive
  • Intelligent
  • Protective
  • Self Assured
  • Sensual
  • Independent

Your Totem Animal – The Good:

Self-Sufficient and Independent

Cat totem people know how to make things happen for themselves, and they rarely need to ask other animal spirit people for help.

Cat people meaning and message

Confident and Self-Assured

You won’t ever have to worry about a cat totem person asking “Do I look fat?” Cat spirit people are confident in their own skin and enjoy their own company.

Intelligent and Observant
Cat totem people are highly intelligent, yet they usually sit back quietly more often than they voice their opinions loud and clear. This quiet time is spent observing the world around them, picking up on small signals like body language.

Your Totem Animal – The Not-So-Good:

Photo of cat symbolism and meaningIn Their Own World

Cat spirit can be so independent that they often get stuck in their own little world, and have trouble seeing through the eyes of another. Cat totem people need to be reminded to use their gifts to help others as well as themselves, and that sometimes working as a team can be more productive than working alone.


Cat spirit people have a wonderful confidence that surrounds them, but sometimes this confidence can go to their heads. They may quickly make assumptions or decisions without considering the feelings and opinions of others, and can be quite stubborn about changing their minds.

Manipulative and Cunning

Cat spirit people may occasionally use their heightened intelligence in order to get their way. Usually this totem animal is able to be so cunning that the person they are tricking will never even have the slightest suspicion that they have been manipulated.


Lessons From Cat Spirit:

message and meaning of the catNine Lives: Cats are said to have 9 lives, in part because of their magical spirit qualities and in part because of their agile animal form. This is a totem lesson and symbol in the importance of taking risks, but also to emphasize that risks cannot be taken irresponsibly without consequence.

Eyesight: A cat can see clearly in the dark because of their highly sensitive animal retinas. The symbol here is to look closely at what goes on around you, because there might be something “in the dark” that you are not currently seeing.

Sleeping Patterns: Cats enjoy their sleep, and humans should too. Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast. In order to work to our full potential, we must get the proper rest that we deserve. Take quiet time to yourself to recharge, but be careful not to overdo it.

Cat Symbol in Dreams:

cat dream meaning and symbolismSeeing a cat symbol in dreams often represents femininity, in either yourself or someone close to you. If the cat is flirtatious and playful, this may provide insight to how you are currently behaving in the sexual realm. If the animal seems aggressive toward you, it may either symbolize that you are struggling with your feminine side, or that you are experiencing difficulties in a relationship with a female.

If you see a cat that is being secretive or that seems suspicious, there is probably someone in your life who is lying to you or tricking you.

Because of the negative connotations you may be familiar with regarding black cats and the symbol of bad luck, seeing a black cat in your dream may symbol bad luck in the near future. If the black cat does not seem to threatening or scary, it may be a symbol of increased psychic or unconscious activity in your mind.

Cultural Symbol of Cat Totem:

cat cultural meaningThe cat symbol has been important in cultures all across the world, but they were especially honored by the ancient Egyptians, who believed that this spirit animal was magical and god-like. Cats were said to have magical powers and the ability to predict the weather and natural disasters. Killing of a cat was punished by the death penalty.

Domestication of the cat started in Egypt and the Mediterranean for the purpose of having a hunting companion, and were especially helpful when hunting in the darkness.

Cats, especially the black cat, were given the negative quality of “bad luck” by the Puritans when they came over to America from Europe. The Puritans believed that a witch that was executed could return to life as a black cat after 7 years of waiting, and thus came the popular superstition that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck.

However, in Europe and Australia, the black cat is especially revered as it is said to be good luck!


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One comment

  1. I went to see a psychic who told me I was going to get custody of my granddaughter and I was going to retire much sooner than planned. A few days later an all white cat showed up at my house and never left, so I’ve adopted her. She is a very gentle, young cat and I felt she was a good omen and that she had shown up in preparation of my granddaughter’s arrival. My granddaughter is also very gentle and young. I feel like I am at the cusp of receiving everything I’ve always wanted. It’s a good time to be alive.