Cat Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

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The cat totem wisdom tells us about timing in action and courage to explore the unknown. Those who have the cat as spirit animal may be encouraged to develop balance between independence and time of togetherness. Harmonious relationships between light and dark, action and observation are also attributes of cat spirit. Let’s follow this spirit animal and embark on a profound journey of self discovery.


Cat Symbolism

The cat carries many meanings revolving around the balance between seemingly opposites, such as inner and outer, action and rest, light and dark. It’s strongly symbolic of the connection with what usually hides in darkness or the unknown. The cat generally represents:

  • Patience, waiting for the right moment to act
  • Independence, yet enjoying social connections
  • Spirit of adventure, courage
  • Deep, relaxed connection with self
  • Healing from the inside out
  • Curiosity, exploration of the unknown or the unconscious

Let’s remember that the cat as we know it today mostly as a domestic animal was not a common animal for the American Indians. It was introduced by the European settlers and therefore is not part of the original totemic traditions. Nevertheless, cat symbolism has pervaded many ancient and modern cultures around the world. One of the most well-known is the worship of the cat in ancient Egypt. Nowadays, the cat is often part of our ordinary life and an inspiring animal totem for many of us.


Cats and exploration of the unknown

Cats tend to be active at night and are able to see in the dark thanks to their highly adaptable eyes. Because they can be seen roaming around at night, they are associated in several cultures with the realm of the darkness. By extension, the cat has been considered as a symbol or representative of witchcraft and dark magic arts, especially if its color is black!

Another way to see the meaning of the cat as a spirit animal or totem is to pay attention to its ability to see in the dark and be at ease when most other animals and humans are not. If the cat shows up in your life as a spirit guide or you have this animal as totem, you may be inclined to start exploring areas in your life or aspects or yourself that you do not know well yet.

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Cat totem wisdom: Acting when the time is right


The cat spirit animal is a good helper for those who need to find the courage to tackle lingering problems or concerns. The cat is known for being a great hunter using not just force, but a refined sense of timing in the moment of the attack. It seems to follow its prey and be able to patiently wait and position itself until it catches it.

By affinity with this feline, those who have the cat as a spirit animal may be able to tackle issues with patience, confidence, and a good sense of timing in their actions. The wisdom of the cat totem lies in the ability to remain quiet, observe, and then act when the time is right, so you’re better positioned to reach your goal and preserve your energy even in moments of tension and action.

Attributes of the cat spirit animal: Agility and flexibility

When we observe cats, we see that they are characterized by the flexibility and agility. No matter the circumstances, it will always manage to fall back on its feet. By affinity with the cat totem, you may be encouraged to develop your flexibility at many different levels, whether it is in your physical body, mind, emotions, or spirit.

The cat totem is a source of inspiration to renew your perspective and have the courage to act or integrate it into your life. If the cat spirit animal shows up in your life, it may be time to explore new ways to look at things.

The cat totem: A call for independence

The cat is emblematic of a lifestyle that combines times of fierce independence and moments that are more social and cuddly. Being inspired by the cat’s spirit, you may foster the balance between your personal need for freedom and time alone with the company of others and social activities.

You may be called to bring more balance between your social life, whether it’s in your family, work or school, and time alone. The cat spirit animal could also encourage you to find a way of exploring your inner truths, as well as mystical truths, without sacrificing the connections you have with the rest of your environment.

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244 Responses to Cat Spirit Animal

  • […] Due to my excessive run in with orange cats lately, I have begun to research its meaning. The cat generally represents:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Patience, waiting for the right moment to act Independence, yet enjoying social connections Spirit of adventure, courage Deep, relaxed connection with self Curiosity, exploration of the unknown or the unconscious                                                               The challenges I currently face due to my new atmosphere gives this credibility.       (Source: Cat Symbolism) […]

  • Britt

    I dreamed of a cat so small it was more like the size of a mole.  I picked up this little kitten and nursed it back to health.  I noticed that it was dwarfed even by a munchkin cat.  I finally realized that this little cat represented my confidence.  I also remembered that somebody pointed out that as far as cats are concerned, size doesn’t matter.  Munchkin, Tabby, or Main Coon, or even my little mole cat, they all were too worried about doing the things they had to do to worry about the size.  I learned something from that dream.  No matter what the size, confidence is still confidence.

  • Mystery cats

    Okay so, I’ve had many encounters with this phenomenon. I’ve always had a spiritual tendency but have steadily come to terms with it in the last three years. To my understanding, based on life experiences, I’ve found that cats symbolise where you are in the energetic spectrum. I used to masturbate a lot and of course, when you do it in excess it brings consequences such as draining your creative energy and your adaptability to your environment. During my process of giving up masturbation, in order to raise my frequency, I’ve seen black cats which almost telepathically gave me a sign that where I am (spiritually speaking) is nowhere too safe, albeit I’ve always asked for angelic protection.
    So as time went by and I ceased masturbating I’d see cats that had whiter fur making themselves present to let me know my energy is raising and I should keep going. This time around, I am in a very long streak and a few days ago as I was driving to work I saw a completely white cat by the sidewalk blocked by cars walking fast-paced. And that was the ultimate sign for me to do a bit research to see if this has happened to more people.

    After all, I have started to see the benefits of keeping my life-force energy inside of me and transmuting it into productive things. Now things seem to go my way and opportunities have started to spring up out of the blue which is quite impressive. I cannot wait to see how this will help me bring my life purpose to pass. But what I do want to know is whether I have any sort of affinity with animals. I took the quiz and I got an owl and the description was fairly accurate but I’m intrigued about the cats.

    Could anyone give any insights?

    Peace and Love.

  • Penelope

    I often see cats that are not there. Most of the time they are either black or white. Always solidbin color. They run both toward and away, it varies.

  • Anonymous

    Cool cats love me so I’m happy I got a cat as my spirit animal ??????

  • […] Common keywords for the domestic cat include (source): […]

  • Lets cover u in peanut butter and feed u to the racoons

    Okay so I had a dream that I was a cat, and in a meadow, hunting. I dreamed that I wen’t to my den, and then when the full moon came up, I dreamed that I was a black wolf, and padded out of my den and howled withe rest of my pack. And there was 2 wolves there that reminded me of my 2 crushes. In fact, a lot of people reminded me of people at school

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