The Cat as Spirit Animal

symbolism, meaning, dreams, message


The cat’s animal mascot teaches us patience, the art of timing for action, and the courage to explore the unknown with confidence. Those who have the cat as a power animal or totem can be encouraged to develop their balance between independence and sociability. 

The harmony between shadow and light, time for action and time for observation are also attributes of the cat totem. Let us follow this animal on a deep journey of self-discovery.


The symbolism of the Cat

The cat has several meanings which are articulated around the notion of subtle balance between opposites such as inside and outside, action and rest, light and dark. This animal mascot is strongly symbolic of the connection with what is usually hidden or the mystery of the unknown.

Generally, the cat represents:

  • Patience, waiting for the right moment to act
  • Spirit of independence and at the same time, appreciation of social ties
  • Spirit of adventure, courage
  • Deep connection, relaxed, with oneself
  • Curiosity, exploration of the unknown or the unconscious

Recall that the cat that we know today mainly as a domestic animal was not a common animal for the American Indians. It is therefore rare to see it as a totem animal in Native American tradition. It was introduced to America by European settlers and therefore is not part of the original totemic traditions.

Nevertheless, the symbolism of the cat is present in many ancient as well as modern cultures all over the world. One of the most famous symbols is the cult of the cat in ancient Egypt. Today, the cat is often part of our daily life and it represents an inspiring totem animal for many of us.


The Cat as Spirit Animal : Meaning

Here are the most striking features of the cat (as spirit animal) to inspire you.

The cat as spirit animal and the exploration of the unknown

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

Another way to interpret this characteristic of the cat totem pole is to pay attention to its ability to see in the dark and to be comfortable there when most other animals and humans are not. If the cat comes into your life as a protective animal or if you have this animal as a totem pole, you may be tempted to start exploring areas of your life or some aspect of yourself that you are not yet familiar with.

The wisdom of the cat as spirit animal: act when you choose

The Cat Totem Spirit is of great help to those who need to muster the courage to tackle lingering issues or concerns in their lives. The cat is known to be a good hunter who uses not only strength but a keen sense of timing of attack. It appears to follow its prey and to be able to patiently wait and position itself until it catches it.

By affinity with this animal mascot, you may be able to tackle everyday problems with patience, confidence, and a good sense of timing in your actions. The wisdom of the cat totem lies in the ability to remain calm, to observe and then to act when the time is right. Thus, you are in a better position to achieve your goal and preserve your energy, even in times of intense tension and action.