Dead Animal Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Dead Animal Symbol – Dreaming about a dead animal is representative of something that has become ruined in your life: a job, a relationship, an idealistic goal. The degree to which the animal is decomposed or battered indicates the degree to which you are affected by that aspect of your life. The type of animal that you dream about being dead indicates how hard it is to make your life.

Dreaming about animals that you care for deeply (like pets) would mean that you should take some private time to allow yourself to grieve over the losses you have sustained and give yourself time to make a plan for the future.

Conversely, dreaming of feral animals like squirrels would mean that the incident was important, but that you should move forward with your current plans. Dreaming of dead predatory animals symbolizes great triumphs that have happened or will soon happen in your life. Dead snakes represent your ability to conquer your personal flaws, like bad habits.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave a comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


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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. Dreaming of a street full of mud ,stones sewer water and going through the street by stepping on stones and in between a dead pig comes across which i avoided

  2. So I had a weird dream that a family members baby daddy was in a meat market type place and was hiding in the dead smoked hog skins that was layed out flat in a cooler meat case with the glass that you can see in! And he was using the skins and heads as like covers. But the place was dark not very much light we had flash lights. This is the weirdest dream I have ever had someone please tell me what it means!

  3. I had a dream that I was walking through my family garden and there were multiple deer corpses in advanced stages of decomposition. They were all lying along the same side of the garden next to the fence. It was such a horrible dream! What does it mean!

  4. I just had a dream that I had kittens (Didn’t vividly dream that part but I knew once it was dead that it was given to me) but were dried up into tiny (like really tiny) bodies…. I was so scared I woke up in a cold sweat. And I remember it was in my own closet in my room. Does this have further meaning? I don’t own any cats and I own a dog.

    • I had the same dream today. It means that your innocent and inner child have been hurted badly. Its time for you heal that part of yourself and be patient with yourself. Treating yourself kindly is important here

    • Nichole Grzankowski on

      I had a dream last night that it was raining dead squirels over my neighbors house. Not really sure what it means but we are currently feuding with my neighbors and have court for a restraining order and other charges this week. I’m nervous it won’t make a difference.

  5. Ben Florendo on

    I had a dream of dead bird in the office when i got outside the office I saw different kinds of dead animal pile up cut into piece …. then i saw dead animal in front of every human. what doea it mean???

  6. Ben Florendo on

    In my dream i saw first dead little bird then i saw dead animal everywhere … cut into pieces … with everyhuman in front of them…

    • I had a dream that I went outside and right outside was my pet cat that I love very much was laying on the ground in one piece and didnt look all bloody or anything but I knew he was dead and had alot of flies around him. It woke me immediately and I went looking for him outside. What does this mean ?

  7. Today I’ve had two dreams.. the second one was about me and four deer being chased through the woods, I was trying to find a den for us so we could rest for the night but every den we found had signs of something living there.. I eventually found a small hut and it appeared to be empty but I didn’t trust it and upon exiting I saw a woman duck behind the side of the building to hide from me.. and when I asked her for help she said she would but she needed to kill one of the deer… I began screaming “no please they are my babies please don’t hurt my babies!” Sobbing.. she took what appears to be the second oldest, a light cream colored one and slit its throat.. the other three looked horrified but the oldest, a reddish colored doe lead the small white and black fawns to me, and I held them tightly as the dream ended.. the first dream was that the world was ending slowly because of over population or something.. I do t quite remember, but I was working in a factory and it appeared “normal” yet still very eerie, I don’t remember too much about the dream but I remember looking down into a liquid we were grinding down and stirring.. it was red and I saw a human head get crushed under a wheel of the Machine.. I’ve been scared I’ve been pregnant recently and apparently a symptom is very vivid dreams… someone please help me interpret the meanings…

  8. Scout McRoy on

    I don’t remember much if my dream other then I kept seeing a dead deer multiple times through out my dream. it was a really elegant deer but it became more and more decomposed each time I would see it. What does this mean?

  9. I had a dream a few days ago where I was coming back from a family trip and found out my pet cat (who looked nothing like my pet cat in real life, it looked a bit closer to a friends cat) had been killing and eating other cats it would find. Then for some reason some sort of federal team or government officials in hazmat suits came to clean up and inspect what had been going on and I would see them picking up and cleaning up the bodies of dead cats, the one that stuck out to me the most right before I woke up was a small kitten. Then I woke up

  10. I dreamed about me finding dead small animals a raccoon, a rabbit, a wessel then digging a hole to bury them i also saw in the dream a kitten and my father that passed away years ago it was weird.

  11. Last night I had a dream about dead calf. Sadly the mother cow was there and she had apparently watched her baby calf die. Both had been tied as domestic animals, and evidently the infant calf died of hunger as the owner had forgotten to feed them.

    Can some explain to me what this all could mean. It’s been driving me crazy all day long.

    • I had a dream that my neighborhood was full of all types of animals ,I mean everywhere .It was crowded.As I would walked around I would be seeing dead ones as well . Also it wasn’t just ground land , I would be walking through water .But also to mention I actually do have a real life fear of animals , of every kind so I thought maybe it was about facing my fears .im not sure .
      If anyone would possibly get a better understanding, that’s would be great 🙂

    • Last night I deamt of a decaying dog. 2 boys with money…The boys seem to have take $5000 of the dog that has flies all over it – made my stomach feel funny. Then they took the money to me – in total.they have me $7000.

  12. I had a dream that one cat fell from the roof and her skull got damaged and white color fluid was all over the place after a while I see that some clothes flew and fell on the cat and covered the whole place and I am thinking not to step on it and the cloth has gone dirty.

  13. I recently had two strange dreams in a row.

    One was two turtles having sex in my backyard.They were stuck together and wouldn’t come apart. When i picked them up i accidentally hurt them because they were seriously attached. I brought them inside to keep them safe from irrigation, worried they would drown. I put them in a sink in the garage to keep them safe while i worked on something. After a bit, i remembered the turtles in the sink and felt badly about forgetting them. I went to check on them and they had crawled out of the sink and fallen to the floor. They came apart, but their shells were horribly damaged. There was blood all over the floor and them. One was partially paralyzed. It was traumatic. I started rinsing them off to evaluate the damage. One had a large hole in her shell and blood was coming out. Then i woke up. Very strange.

    Last night i dreamed of pigeons/ doves in a box. Like a nesting box. I was singing aloud and petting an all white dove. As i started to reach a dramatic point in the song, i gently grabbed the white dove and threw it up in the air, expecting her to fly. Instead, she just fell to the ground. Her legs were broken, and blood was coming out of her mouth. I tried to perform bird CPR/ compression’s, but all that happened was more blood came out and these tragic bird noises. Then i woke up.

    I have no idea why i am dreaming these things. Any help is appreciated.

    • I know this is an old post, but here’s my interpretation:
      Perhaps you have these wonderful ideas of how life should be and you are determined to make them happen. But at the time of these dreams, it looks like your subconscious was telling you that it’s better to just let nature take its course. Interfering actually makes things worse, no matter how well-intentioned. Whether it’s for you personally, or for those around you, sometimes all you can do is simply observe and move on.

  14. I had the weirdest dream. I was at a 4th of July parade with people I don’t even know and bam there.was a bear cub walking around i picked it up and played with it . And there was the mom bear so I hid the bear cub aft er a while the mom bear was still looking for her other bear cub when we were getting worried . So we called people and we all had to get down they let off fireworks. And set a exploding sound box down a track right where bear cub was and it killed . I statred crying in the dream. Then I woke up and cried in my blankets saying things like it was my fault, the little bear cub that didn’t what was going on died why !

    • I recently had a breakup and in my dream I found many dead squirrels. One squirrel was alive and eating the heart of a dead deer. I remember very clearly trying to figure out how to get rid of the dead squirrels and worried they would smell. Time to move on I guess lol

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