Animal Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Animals Dream Symbol – Dreaming of animals symbolizes different aspects of yourself. They give insight into your emotions and help you understand your basic instincts. When interpreting an animal dream, you need to take all aspects of the dream into account to get an accurate meaning. Take into account whether the animal is:

  • healthy or in poor condition
  • wild or domesticated
  • close or far away
  • coming from a particular direction
  • moving slowly or quickly
  • in its natural or an artificial environment.

Dreaming of wild animals can bring a warning of hard times coming. Dreaming of a domestic animal brings peace and harmony, love and affection, as well as loyalty into your life. Animals can bring clarity and help you look deeper within to reconnect with your inner wisdom and intuition.

animal-dreamsAnimal dreams bring guidance in times of confusion and trouble. Animals visit to awaken you to what you cannot see. Each animal that visits represents the specific answers you need. They remind you hold the key within. All you need to do is recognize this and stand tall in your truth.

If an animal attacks you or someone or something else, be wary. There is someone around you determined to destroy you. It can also mean there is a lot of negative energy around you. This is something you need to clear out to help you move through your challenges. If the animal runs way after the attack, this means you successfully defend yourself. Being scared by an animal can relate to everyday problems in a relationship of some kind.

Dreaming of patting an animal signifies releasing your passion or aggression towards a close relationship. Not being sure of the animal’s identity is a sign of anger. There may be people angry with you for who you are in your reality. You may not know who these people are. An aggressive animal can mean being unjustly attacked by others where they have no right to judge.

Seeing baby animals relates to your inner child. This is a message you need to listen to that inner child to bring more joy and happiness in. It can also mean that you may be being childish in some way. You may need to show maturity to resolve an issue. An injured baby animal represents any turmoil you are going through.

Dreaming of a reptile or cold-blooded animals signifies your own heartless actions. It may be a time to reflect on who you truly are. Eating animal flesh can mean you have reached a sense of fulfillment by coming to terms with all in your past. And, an animal helping you in a dream, can mean you need help in real life. Do not be afraid to ask for a helping hand.

Seeing part of an animal like a tail, eye, or ear, is a message you need to tune into your own natural instincts. Animals that appear strange or scare you, can visit when times are tough. It is a message to alert you to your worries and how worrying about something is not going to help solve it. And, taming an animal can indicate you are trying to control others in your life. Fairytale animals represent your inner wisdom and how well you know yourself. If you are in doubt, take the time to investigate your intuition about the specific issue. Fairytale animals are a positive sign that visit to help you grow.

Have you ever Seeing an animal in a dream can represent some of the primal desires and feelings that you have. The animals in your dream often represent a specific part of your personality or character that is hiding in the darkness trying to let itself out. Most animals have intrinsic personalities and traits that people assign to them. For this reason an animal can represent feelings that we have about other people in our life. Seeing an aggressive hyena might show people in your life who are being sneaky and are trying to hurt you when you least expect.

Animals appear in our dreams often draw powerful emotions because animals have a deep connection to humans. The characteristic of the animal you dream about should be consider when dreaming about an animal. For example, if you see a confident lion in a dream it will have a different meaning than seeing a shy and quiet lion. The personality of the animal you dream about should always be considered.

According to Sigmund Freud, animals that appear in our dream our sexually suppressed parts of our subconscious mind that are trying to be freed and manifest themselves in our dreams. Unlike Freud, Jung argued that the animal must be taken on an individual level rather than be categorized as sexually oppressed animal desires that Freud thought. Carl Jung argued that the meaning of animals will depend on the specific associations that the dreamers about regarding animals in their dream.

Although it can be quite common to see animals represented in our dreams, it is not easy interpreting dreams that have animals in them. The interpretations can only be given on an individual basis given the meaning of the animal to the dreamer have the dream. For example, cat lovers will see cats as a symbol of grace and elegance, while someone who doesn’t like cats will view them as annoyances. For this reason it is important to ask yourself how the animal made you feel in the dream to discover the true meaning of the dream.

If you dream about an animal that you don’t have any feelings or associations with, you need to ask yourself what the animal represents. An animal like a cheetah usually represents speed and gracefulness, while fox can represent cleverness. Using universal attributions for the animal is the best way to identify what they can mean to you.

Animals Situations

Agricultural Animals

Dreaming of an agricultural animal that is used in farming can often represent specific traits about ourselves that are tamed and under control. You should try and focus on the context of the dream and how it reflects to your personal situation. If your life is out of control, a farm animal can represent the need for consistency and routine in your life.

Animal in Pain

If you are helping an animal that is in pain then certain characteristics of the animal can be reflected within yourself. If you see a wounded animal that is familiar it can represent a real life tragedy that might have occurred that is difficult to accept. You might have a family member that is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital or have a friend in need. Helping animals that are in pain are signs that you are a compassionate and caring person.

Animal with their babies

If you see an animal that is being protective over a baby animal it can represent the basic childhood instincts for you to be loved and protected by someone who cares about you. Sometimes baby animals can represent a time in your life when you were under the protection of a parent or an older sibling, maybe you have lost that sense of protection.

Caged or trapped animal

Seeing a wild animal inside a cage means that you are controlling some aspect of yourself that wants to be free. The animal represents that characteristic that is being controlled and locked up. If the animal breaks free from the cage it can indicate that you are looking to let loose and let go of some of your inhibitions. If you find that the animal is trapped and caught up in something, it can indicate that you are stuck in a situation that you are not able to get out of. You might be stuck at a job or an unhappy relationship that you are looking to free yourself of.

Changing into an animal (zoomorphism)

To transform into an animal means that you are letting go of all your conscious barriers and letting your instincts go free. Because animals are not constrained by the same values and restrictions in society, they are able to get away with certain behaviors that would be deemed unacceptable. You might be sub consciously expressing new freedom from ending a relationship or quitting a job. The ending of your animal dream can determine whether you are going to solve a particular problem or be stuck in the same situation.

Domestic Animals

Domesticated animals that we see in our dreams can represent certain wild traits and characteristics within ourselves that we have managed to use to the best of our abilities. The domestic animal is free to roam around within the confines of set borders, unlike the caged or farmed animals. This is symbolic that you are still able to express some form of your instincts that we have directed with success.

Eating and animal

If you dream that you are eating an animal then it can indicate your desire for sexual expression and freedom. The desire for sensual pleasure can be expressing itself in your dreams. Another interpretation for eating an animal is that you might be drawing from the particular traits or wisdom that the animal represents to you. A shy person that is eating a Lion is trying to show their ability to overcome a fear and gain the lions bravery.

Chased or Attacked by Animal

Dreaming about being chased or attacked by an animal can indicate built up anger that is trying to release itself from your unconscious mind. The dream might be trying to show you that you need to find a way to release your rage so that it doesn’t manifest itself in an uncontrollable manner. Dreaming that a particular animal is chasing you can represent an aspect of yourself that you are trying to run away from. This can indicate certain aspects of yourself that you don’t want to admit are harmful to you and others around you. Dreaming about an animal biting you can also indicate that there is someone around you who doesn’t have good intentions for you.

Wild Animal

Dreaming of a wild animal often represents the innate instincts or your ‘inner beast’ that lies under your conscious mind. According to Freud, the wild animal represents your sexual desires that are struggling to be unleashed into the world. The wilder the beast, the more deep rooted your sexual desires are. If you dream that a wild animal is being tamed, it can indicate there is a need for you to focus on trying to control some of your instincts and use them to your benefit.

Wise/Talking Animals

A wise animal in a dream can often be a useful source of hidden wisdom from our self-conscious mind. Talking to an animal in a dream represents your hidden innocence that is pure and good.

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About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. i had a dream where there was a duck and i cute it vertically in half and i opened it and put my hand through its skull and got disgusted but I liked it and then i just closed it back up and i woke up. i have no idea what that means wtf.

  2. BloodcatStudios on

    Well, i had a dream about these humans with animal-like characteristics and they said I was a wolf. Strange. It was a reference to my right ear which has a small extra bit of cartilage or something. What does it mean because it doesn’t really say so here.

  3. I had a dream that a bird landed on a large branch next to an adult, male lion. Suddenly, the bird transforms into a lion cub and the adult lion beings to attack it by biting it’s jugular and disembowling it at the same time while I watched, feeling helpless. I have no idea what it means

  4. nessaEtzMom on

    just woke up from a dream i was walking in from a back yard and seen there were 2 lions (male and female) but the gate to the cage was open just a little im waving down someone(a man dont remember who) to close the gate but they cant hear me and i see the lioness open her eyes i yell to “run” (i only seen my son) i get him in the house lock the back door and the male lion is already starting to come in thru a window. so i go lock another door and another now a big brown grizzly bear has joined in chasing me. i get to a den decorated for christmas there are presents and a table with a bunch of goodies on it i turn around to lock yet another door but they (the bear and the male lion Young not a full maine yet) jump me they start to bite me. it hurts but not tooo much almost like they had baby teeth. some blood but not much no tearing off skin/limbs. i yell for help no one can hear me its a party i can see thru the window. i get a tin down from the table and start to give it to them they stop and start to eat its contents all sweets cakes cookies ect. they stopped attacking but i had to almost stroke the lions head as they ate. felt a sense of relief like i made it i calmed them down my son was safe. he was inside playing didn’t see mom fight. but i made it. then i woke up.

    any thoughts on this????

  5. I had a crazy dream last night . I was talking to some people and I turn and see a huge brown bear chasing a red fox. The bear was really trying to attack the fox and they were headed right towards me. As they almost got to me they darted to my right and ran off into the woods. I feel like the fox is my spirit animal and it made me feel directly attacked for some reason. I dream of the fox all the time but it’s never been like this. Anyone have any ideas what this could mean?

  6. I was being chased by Polish women. Then I woke up inside the dream again, in a giant urinal that kept flushing and tasted like beer that was being blessed by a rabbi and priest. I then woke up for real and pissed out the universe. Any ideas….?

  7. In my dream I was attacked by various animals first I was bothered by a wasp then I was bitten by a spider, I couldn’t see the spider but I notice lots of spider nests. The third animal was a cat that seemed domesticated but bit me every time I went to touch it. The last animal was a rat, I saw tissue being pushed out from a vent and after a few minutes a rat appeared, it jumped down on to the floor and straight up to my hand and bit the center of my palm, every time I tried to pull it off it bit me, this happened around 4 times until it stopped and went, I panicked about having caught a disease or infection then my dream stopped

  8. I had a dream at 03h00 hrs in the morning: My wife and I came across a snake with two heads, one on each end. we tried to catch it and it bit my shoe and disappeared.

  9. My dream: cat being knocked around by unseen/unidentified figure until jaw with teeth attached knocked out sometimes partial out and in mouth others completely out and laying on floor….same night/dream.

    History of me and cats: I do not have cats. I’m allergic to some cat it causes s.o.b and itching of face. I also think they are cute, loving and annoying getting into food and onto counters, and shedding annoys me.
    Any tboughts?

  10. Was attacked by hyenas. My hands had lacerations all over. In my dreamworld hyenas were domesticated and used mules for young children’s entertainment in a dedicated track. Everybody is taught a safe word if hyenas start acting agressive, which is oddly “fuck off”. I somehow stumbled onto the track and saw 2 hyenas charging at me and I yelled out “stop now” because I had forgotten the safe word. They bit hard into my hands and even my penis. More hyenas were arriving from the top of the hill as was a random car who rescued me and took me to a nearby house to patch me up. It was so weird because as I was getting patched up, a druglord arrived with his posse and their agressive dog looking for a package they thought the owner of the house had apparently stolen. Things were getting super intense. One shitty situation after the next. They couldn’t find it so we made peace and started making dinner. A woman from the posse helped me with my wounds in the end.

  11. Had a dream some nights ago, i was in a park or forest with 2 other people. I don’t remember who they were. Someone said there was a lion there. He was sitting/lying in the sphinx position, maybe 10 meters away from us and looked calm. i remember thinking that he was thin as you sometimes see them on documentaries. He then stood up and walked towards me. I felt nervous but thought that if i would remain calm and not show any aggression or fear, he would just stay calm too. And so he did. He walked calmly towards me, i was very nervous and alert, but tried to remain calm, he just walked around me in a circle. when i felt he was just behind me, i kind of felt him brushing up to my back. I turned around and it had become a smaller lion, a lion cub.. it became younger and more innocent. I was kind of amazed mentally, emotionally i was still alert. there was a cage next to me the cub and i was wishing for him to enter it. i think i felt bad to put it into a cage, but then i noticed it was more of a tunnel kind of cage, at the end the lion would come out into the other side of the forest and i would continue to be safe, as he would also be free. The lion cub walked in and i closed the gate to the cage quite fast. He was not really happy, but also not really revolting. I did not the see cub walk through the tunnel. because the dream was immediately over. I have been thinking about it several days now. What could it mean that the lion changed into a younger one? and that i wanted to cage it, so it could pass through a tunnel and come out futher away from me? I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you 🙂

    • I am aware this was 2 years ago…but still going to answer. The fact that the lion turned into a younger one means you need to get in touch with your childlike self. You need to bring more joy and happiness into your life. The fact that he looked sad might mean you are secretly sad inside. You might not even know it. The fact that he went into a cage means there is some part of yourself that wants to be set free. I hope things have changed for you since then. Perhaps you changed jobs or got out of a bad relationship or friendship or moved somewhere new. Perhaps you took up a new morning routine that helps you feel more relaxed. The main point is, I hope you found some extra peace and happiness.

  12. a snake was coming after me he went to bite me and his fang nicked my finger, i shot him then couldn’t find more bullets.

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