Animals in a dream are symbolic of the lessons or situations we need to deal with or learn in our waking life. Native American culture calls this “animal medicine”. If you dream of an owl, it is called owl medicine. A tiger would be tiger medicine, and so on.
If animals are the medicine, then the lessons and what they represent are the prescription treatment and cure. What we are to learn is particular to each animal; but generally, the nature and traits of these animals are the biggest clues.
Commonly dreams will feature animals that are familiar to us, such as our pets. For instance dogs, cats and hamsters are animals, which can represent different aspects of the dreamer. Dogs represent loyalty and protection. Cats personify independence and aloofness. How do you feel about the animals in your dream? How are you interacting with them? Are you playing or fighting? Are you happy or afraid? Are you dreaming of yourself with your pet at your current age or in childhood? Seeing yourself as a child can mean the situation rooted in your past, and may be still be relevant to your life today.
To dream that you are an animal means that you are exploring your more natural instincts. What animal are you? Are you running, climbing or flying free as a bird? In all cases you should explore the feelings surrounding these actions. Are you running in fear? This means you are feel the need to run from or you are unwilling to face a situation. Climbing indicates the effort put forth to overcome obstacles. Flying can signify freedom. It can also mean you need to get a “birds eye” view, to gain perspective, and correctly analyze a problem.
Wild animals especially are either the hunters or the hunted. Animals in the wild have sharp instincts and are keenly aware of their surroundings. If you dream you are the hunter, and you have spied your prey, it means you have searched for and found the solution. If you are poised and ready to attack it means you are ready to solve an issue in a swift, quick and possibly harsh manner. How do you feel about the prey you will attack? When feeding a lion doesn’t mourn the antelope it kills for food. The lion has to eat.
Are you the hunted? In which aspect of in your life do feel vulnerable? The innate instinct called “fight or flight” rules in the animal kingdom. It is inborn and is necessary to preserve a species. In this day and age, we are rarely are chased by wild animals. In our dreams, our problems take on this aspect to help us face our fears. When running or trying to avoid attack, do you succeed in getting away or do you feel yourself being pounced upon and near death? This would indicate the level of stress you are feeling in a current situation and how likely you feel you will over come the obstacles.
Depending on which type of animals you dream about indicates the aspects of yourself that you need to develop. Hunting like a fox, means you need pay attention to your own cleverness. Hunting as a lion or bear is a wish to develop your sense of strength, or sense of control. If you understand the animals and their medicines, you will always find a cure.