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    June 17, 2024 14 min read




    Animal guides provide insight, guidance, and protection, helping you navigate through life's challenges. Also known as spirit animals, totem animals, or spirit guides, they are an integral part of many cultures and spiritual traditions, particularly among Indigenous peoples of North America, where each animal is believed to embody certain traits and wisdom. These guides are often part of rituals, stories, and teachings and are believed to be spiritual companions that provide guidance, wisdom, and protection to those they encounter. 

    It is important to remember that any discussion about spirit animal guides needs to be approached with respect and reverence for the culture from which they originate.

    Each animal guide carries specific symbolism and traits. Animal guides can appear in various forms:

    • Dreams: Animals appearing in dreams may carry messages or guidance.

    • Physical Encounters: Repeated encounters with a particular animal in the physical world can be seen as a sign.

    • Meditation and Visualization: During meditative practices, one might connect with an animal guide for insight and direction.

    • Symbols and Imagery: Seeing images or symbols of an animal frequently can also be a form of guidance.

    There are several ways to discover your animal guide:

    • Reflection and Observation: Pay attention to the animals you feel drawn to or encounter frequently.

    • Meditation: Guided meditations specifically designed to connect you with your animal guide can be helpful.

    • Shamanic Journeying: In some traditions, a shamanic journey can help you find your spirit animal.

    When interpreting messages from your animal guide, consider the animal’s natural behaviors and traits. What qualities does this animal possess that might be relevant to your life? Reflect on how these traits can be applied to your current situation or personal growth.

    Once you’ve identified your animal guide, embrace its teachings and symbolism. Incorporate these lessons into your daily life, and let your animal guide inspire and support you on your spiritual journey. Animal guides offer a unique connection to the natural world, reminding us of the wisdom and traits inherent in all living creatures. Whether you encounter them in dreams, meditation, or real-life encounters, these spiritual companions can provide profound guidance and support.


    “If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”  - Mark Twain

    Are you independent, self reliant, confident, and capable of navigating your own path without relying excessively on others? Are you curious and open to new experiences? Are you intuitive? Flexible? And adaptable? Then you may exemplify the qualities of a cat. Cats roam freely and often on their own terms, symbolizing self-sufficiency and autonomy. 

    The phrase “curiosity killed the cat” highlights their inquisitive nature. Cats are naturally curious and love to explore their surroundings. If you find yourself being the same way, then you may have the spirit of the cat within you. 

    Do others call you mysterious? If so, then you may find yourself embodying cat energy. Cats' nocturnal habits and reflective eyes give them an air of mystery. 

    While there are 41 species of cats, broken down into two groups; Subfamily Pantherinae (Big Cats) and Subfamily Felinae (Smaller Cats) this article will be focusing on the domestic cat (Felis catus).

    Cats have long been revered and associated with various spiritual meanings and symbols across different cultures and eras. Their mysterious nature, graceful movements, and independent spirit make them fascinating creatures that often embody a range of mystical and symbolic meanings.

    Having the cat as your spirit guide can be a profound and enriching experience, as this animal embodies a range of powerful and positive qualities. Embracing the cat's independence and self-reliance can boost your confidence and empower you to take control of your life.

    Cats are known for their agility and ability to adapt to various environments. As a spirit guide, the cat teaches you to be flexible and adaptable, helping you gracefully navigate changes and overcome obstacles. Are you sensual? Or looking to tap more into your sensuality? Cats are known for their love of comfort and their sensual, graceful movements. They take pleasure in their surroundings and enjoy life’s luxuries.The cat spirit guide encourages you to be present in your body, appreciate the sensual aspects of life, and move through the world with elegance and poise.

    Cats are often associated with heightened intuition and the ability to perceive beyond the obvious. Cats can help you tap into your inner wisdom, trust your gut feelings, and recognize the deeper truths in situations. They invite you to embrace the mysteries of the world, encouraging you to explore the spiritual and magical aspects of existence.


    To understand what cats symbolize for you personally, consider the following:

    • Your Personal Experiences: Reflect on your own experiences and interactions with cats. How do they make you feel? What traits do you admire in them?
    • Current Life Situations: Think about any situations or challenges in your life that might relate to the themes of independence, intuition, or adaptability.
    • Cultural Influences: Consider the cultural and spiritual contexts you resonate with. How do different traditions view cats, and which interpretations speak to you?

    Once you know what cats mean to you, then you can call upon them and learn to incorporate their symbolism into your life. 

    How to Connect with Your Cat Spirit Guide

    • Meditation and Visualization: Spend time in quiet meditation, visualizing a cat appearing as your guide. Pay attention to the messages or feelings that arise during this process.
    • Dream Interpretation: Cats appearing in your dreams can carry significant messages. Keep a dream journal and reflect on the symbolism and emotions connected to the cat in your dream.
    • Nature and Observation: Spend time observing cats, whether domestic or wild. Notice their behavior, movements, and interactions, and consider what lessons you can learn from them.
    • Intuition and Reflection: Trust your intuition and reflect on the qualities you share with the cat. How can you incorporate more independence, curiosity, sensuality, relaxation, or adaptability into your life?

    Cats symbolize a rich tapestry of qualities. Their presence in various cultural and spiritual traditions highlights their significance as powerful symbols. Whether as mystical guardians, symbols of freedom, or embodiments of intuition, cats continue to inspire and captivate us with their unique and enigmatic nature.


    Cats are more than just pets; they are profound guides for personal transformation. Their independence, intuition, adaptability, and mysterious nature offer valuable lessons that can inspire and support your journey of self-discovery and growth. By embracing the wisdom of cats, you can navigate life’s challenges with greater confidence, resilience, and grace.

    Spend time observing cats, whether your own pets or those in your environment. Reflect on their behaviors and consider how you can integrate similar traits into your life. The cat's independence is often misunderstood and mistaken for standoffish behavior. But if you have a feline companion you know that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cats are friendly and extremely social and love to cuddle up with the ones they love, just like their larger feline relatives, lions and tigers. 

    Cats are proud, self confident, and self reliant. They rely on their natural instincts and abilities. By observing and emulating these traits, you can cultivate your own self-confidence and trust in your capabilities. They are highly intuitive animals and trust their own instincts implicitly, whether it’s through hunting or navigating their own environment. Observing the cat may help give you the faith in yourself to be more autonomous and to make independent decisions, take charge of your life, and establish healthy boundaries in relationships.

    The mysterious nature of cats invites you to explore the deeper aspects of your psyche. They encourage introspection and self-reflection, helping you uncover hidden truths and gain a better understanding of yourself. Cats are incredibly adaptable creatures. They adjust to new environments and situations with ease. This adaptability teaches you to embrace change, remain flexible, and see opportunities for growth in new circumstances. Known for their ability to land on their feet, cats symbolize resilience. They show you how to recover from setbacks and challenges, encouraging you to view obstacles as opportunities for growth and learning. 

    Cats have a natural ability to be present and fully engaged in their surroundings. By adopting this mindful approach, you can enhance your awareness, enjoy the present moment, and reduce stress. They have an enigmatic presence that can inspire creativity and imagination. By embracing their mysterious nature, you can tap into your creative potential and express yourself more freely.

    Historically, cats have been regarded as protectors. In Ancient Egypt, they were believed to ward off evil spirits and safeguard the home. Their presence is often associated with a protective energy, creating a safe and secure environment. They bring peace and tranquility to any space they occupy. In fact some psychics say that cats have the ability to actually absorb negative energy and turn it into positive energy in just the same way a tree absorbs CO2 and converts it into oxygen. 

    The soothing sound of a cat’s purr brings comfort and relaxation and has been proven to lower stress levels in humans and in cats as well. The low frequency vibrations have a calming effect and can actually reduce anxiety and blood pressure in humans. No wonder cat owners have a 40% less risk of having a heart attack. And frequencies of 25 to 50 hertz (a cat’s purr) can improve bone density. The purring can also increase fracture healing, simulate bone fracture repair, and build bone strength. 

    But it doesn’t stop there…

    A cat’s purr can help fight infections, reduce pain and swelling, and promote muscle growth and repair. At 100 hertz, a cat’s purr can ease breathing in patients with chronic respiratory disease. And frequencies between 100 and 200 Hz are thought to promote the healing of soft tissues.

    So, if you’re looking to create relaxing energy in your life and promote healing in your body, consider getting a cat as a beloved companion. It may be exactly what the Doctor ordered!


    In various cultures and spiritual practices, animal totems are symbols that carry significant meanings and messages. The cat totem, in particular, is rich with symbolism, embodying a range of traits and qualities that can guide and inspire those who identify with it. If you feel a strong connection to the cat totem, it might indicate that you share some of its traits or that you could benefit from embracing its qualities in your life. The cat totem is a powerful symbol of independence, curiosity, mystery, adaptability, sensuality, and protection. Embracing the qualities of the cat can help you navigate life with a sense of freedom, grace, and resilience. Whether you see the cat totem in your dreams, feel its presence in your life, or simply admire the qualities it embodies, let it inspire you to explore your inner strength and embrace the magic within and around you. 

    Draw on the cat to help you when you’re struggling to relax or when you need to navigate through a difficult situation. The cat will show you that it’s okay to slow down, calm your nervous system and to relish in nap time. And that sometimes the best thing to do is give yourself a luxurious bath, take a much needed stretch, and then go to sleep. 


    Cats have been fascinating humans for centuries, leaving their mark on folklore around the world. These enigmatic creatures are often associated with mysticism, superstition, and divine symbolism. 

    Ancient Egypt: Divine Protectors

    In Ancient Egypt, cats were considered sacred animals. The goddess Bastet, depicted with the head of a lioness or domestic cat, symbolized home, fertility, and protection. Egyptians believed that cats possessed protective qualities, warding off evil spirits and bringing good fortune to their homes. Killing a cat, even accidentally, was considered a grave offense, often punishable by death. 

    Celtic Tradition: Guardians and Guides

    In Celtic mythology, cats were seen as guardians of the Otherworld and were believed to have protective qualities. They were thought to guard treasures and secrets, acting as gatekeepers to other realms. The Celts also believed that cats had the ability to see spirits and guide souls on their journey to the afterlife. In Celtic folklore, the Cat síth is a fairy creature resembling a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. It was believed to haunt the Scottish Highlands. These mystical cats were thought to be able to steal souls, so the Celtic people took precautions during funerals to prevent the Cat síth from approaching the deceased.

    Eastern Beliefs: Luck and Prosperity

    In Japanese culture, the Maneki-neko, or "beckoning cat," is a common talisman believed to bring good luck and fortune to its owner. These cat figurines are often seen with one paw raised, beckoning prosperity and happiness into homes and businesses. Cats also appear in various Japanese folklore tales, sometimes as shape-shifting spirits called Bakeneko or Nekomata, which could bring either good fortune or mischief. In China, cats are also considered symbols of good fortune and are believed to bring wealth, prosperity, and positive energy.

    Native American Spirituality: Mystery and Independence

    While domestic cats were not part of Native American folklore, wild cats like cougars, lynxes, and bobcats played significant roles in various tribes' mythologies. Many Native American tribes held varying views on cats, some saw them as symbols of mystery, independence, and intuition. The ability of cats to move silently and their keen night vision made them symbols of the unseen and the unknown and strong connectors to the spiritual world. They were often associated with the moon and nocturnal energies, embodying the balance between light and dark, and the conscious and subconscious. 

    Norse Myths and Witchcraft

    Norse mythology features the cat as a companion to Freyja, the goddess of love and fertility. Her chariot was said to be drawn by two large cats. In medieval Europe, however, cats (especially black ones), were often linked to witchcraft. They were believed to be witches’ familiars, assisting them in their magical practices.

    Modern Storytelling

    Cats continue to inspire stories and legends in modern times. From the mischievous Cheshire Cat in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" to the magical cats in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, to Jim Davis’ sarcastic, lazy, and gluttonous animated character, “Garfield.” 


    When interpreting dreams it is important to pay attention to how you felt in the dream. Were you experiencing joy? Anxiety? Fear? Sadness? When we understand what emotions we were feeling during the dream, we can tap into the meaning of the dream and how we can apply it to our lives. And by paying attention to the context of the dream and your own associations with cats, you can gain deeper insights into what your subconscious is trying to communicate.

    Dreaming of cats can carry various meanings, often related to insight and awareness. A cat appearing in a dream might suggest that you need to trust your intuition or pay attention to the hidden aspects of a situation. It might be a reminder to trust your gut feelings about a particular situation or person.


    The behavior and color of the cat in the dream can also influence its interpretation. For instance, a black cat might represent mystery and the unknown, while a white cat could symbolize purity and clarity. 

    And seeing multiple cats in a dream can suggest feelings of being overwhelmed or scattered. It might indicate that you are juggling too many things at once or that you need to focus more on one aspect of your life. 

    Whereas, a stray cat might represent feelings of being lost or out of place. It may conjure up feelings of loneliness, abandonment, or lack of direction. It can also suggest a sense of neglect or abandonment, either from others or towards yourself. And show you that perhaps, you may be feeling a bit unsure about your path. And could be a call to seek support and find your way back to a sense of belonging.

    Dreaming of a kitten can symbolize innocence, purity, and new beginnings. The kitten may suggest that you are entering a new phase in your life or that you need to nurture your inner child. It can indicate that you are cultivating new ideas, projects, or aspects of yourself. Dreaming of kittens may encourage you to protect and develop these new parts of your life.

    An aggressive or hostile cat can indicate unresolved issues or conflicts in your life and may suggest that you are feeling threatened or are dealing with aggressive behavior from others in your waking life. This conflict could be internal as well, such as unresolved emotions. The dream might be highlighting areas where you need to address aggression or hostility.

    And a friendly cat might symbolize comfort, companionship, and positive relationships. It can represent a harmonious aspect of your life or a supportive person. It can also suggest that you are open to exploring new opportunities and experiences.

    Consider your own personal feelings about cats and what your relationship with them is. If you have a fondness for them, that could greatly influence the way you interpret the dream just as much as having a personal disdain for them would. 



    • Curiosity
    • Flexibility
    • Intuition
    • Mystery
    • Independence
    • Playfulness
    • Elegance
    • Mischief
    • Magic
    • Fertility
    • Protection


    Latin Name: Domestic Cat (Felis catus)

    Size: Length- The average length of an adult domestic cat, measured from the nose to the base of the tail, is about 18 inches (45 cm). The tail adds an additional 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) on average. And the average height is approximately 9 to 10 inches (23 to 25 cm).

    Weight: The average weight of an adult domestic cat typically ranges from 8 to 10 pounds (3.6 to 4.5 kg). With larger breeds weighing 13 to 18 pounds (5.9 to 8.2 kg) or even more. 

    Average Lifespan: 13 to 17 years. Possible Lifespan: Up to 20 years or more. Indoor cats tend to live longer due to a safer environment, regular meals, and consistent veterinary care. Some indoor cats have been known to live into their early twenties. Outdoor cats' average lifespan is 5-7 years.

    Estimated Population: While it is difficult to determine the exact global population of cats, estimates suggest there are between 400 million and 600 million domesticated cats worldwide, with an additional significant population of feral and stray cats. 

    Endangered Status: Least concern.

    (SCALE: Least Concern→ Near Threatened→ Vulnerable→ Endangered→ Critically Endangered→ Extinct in the Wild→ Extinct)


    Cats don't get cavities!

    Only 20% of orange cats are female.

    Cats were domesticated around 9,000 years ago in the Near East. They likely began living alongside humans to help control pests in agricultural societies.

    A cat’s whiskers are highly sensitive and can detect even the slightest changes in the environment. They are used to measure the width of openings and navigate in the dark.

    Cats walk on their toes, a trait known as digitigrade locomotion, which makes them silent hunters. This ability helps them sneak up on prey with remarkable stealth.

     Just like human fingerprints, each cat’s nose print is unique. No two cats have the same nose pattern, making it a potential identifier for them.

    Cats are incredibly agile and can jump up to six times their body length. This means that a typical house cat can jump about eight feet in a single bound. Their powerful hind legs and flexible spine contribute to their impressive leaping abilities. 

    Cats can see in near darkness. Their eyes have a high number of rod cells, which are sensitive to low light, and a reflective layer behind the retina called the tapetum lucidum that enhances their night vision.

    Cats spend up to 50% of their waking hours grooming themselves. This behavior not only keeps them clean but also helps them regulate their body temperature and stimulate blood flow.

    A cat's tongue is covered with tiny, hook-shaped papillae that make it feel like sandpaper. These papillae help them groom their fur and scrape meat off bones. It’s like having a built-in brush!

    Mark Twain's favorite animal was the cat and at one point he had 32 pet cats.

    And check out this documentary on Lynea Lattanzio from California who has been running the "Cat House on the Kings," the world's largest cat sanctuary for over 27 years. She has rescued and cared for over 38,000 cats.

    If you would like to read more of our blogs on other Animal Guides, check out the Deer, Owl, Eagle, Butterly, Snake, Rabbit, Fox and Wolf.


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