Tiger Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Tiger Dream Symbol – The tiger is a symbol of ferocity and fearsomeness. It is also a spirit animal that represents the feeling of raw emotions and power. The tiger is a very primal animal that represents our primal nature of uncertainty and unpredictability. A tiger can also indicate that your future plans will change unexpectedly.

The tiger also represents feelings of sexuality and uncertain elements that are present in your life. If the tiger is acting unpredictable in your dream, it can indicate a lack of control over certain areas of your life. Maybe you have been struggling financially or you have suffered a recent emotion heart break.

A tiger dream can also represent good health and vitality. If you are at peace with the tiger, it can indicate that you are in a good place in your life.

Tiger Dreams

On the other hand, tigers can also represent aggressive behavior and uncontrollable urges. You might have certain vices in your life that you are unable to control. The tiger could represent this vice staring you in the face.

To be chased by a tiger can indicate you are running away from an aspect of yourself that you don’t want to confront. The distance between you and the tiger can determine if the problem is getting better or if it is getting worse.

If you manage to kill a tiger in a dream it can represent conquering an aspect of yourself that you previously had no control over. You might have learned how to control your anger or deal  with people you don’t like in more favorable terms.

Alternative Interpretations

Tiger brings reminders of persistence to your dreams. He reminds to use patience. He also brings reminders to do things the way you always have done them. This is not a time to change the way you do things. You will only achieve your goals if you have patience.

This big cat can also mean you need to carefully plan your maneuvers. Tiger lets you know you have the strength and fortitude to achieve anything, even when you do not like what you need to do. No more guilty procrastinating. Get off your butt and get it done.

Seeing tiger can also mean danger is imminent. You are over anxious about something you think will happen. What do you fear will happen? There is no point worrying about what has not happened yet. This is your imagination running away with you.

tiger dreamsYour worry may come from past lessons and experiences. Relax a bit. Let your fears go. Let things happen in their own time. There is no reason to worry about what may never happen. Tiger can also symbolize your fear that something bad will happen to you because of your own actions. Maybe you made some bad decisions in the past and they are coming back to haunt you.

Dreaming of tigress protecting her cubs symbolizes you and your protectiveness towards your family. You will do anything to ensure your children and those close to you are protected and kept safe. This dream may come because you are anxious your children cannot protect themselves in such a harsh, tough world. You need to let go. They have to learn to stand on they own feet and cope with the challenges that come along. You need to support them in finding their own truths.

Dreams of killing tiger can mean you are feeling all powerful You feel there is nothing you cannot achieve and you are not shy letting the world know it. This can bring bad blood from others, jealous of your confidence and success. Or, people who find your attitude grates on them because they may not be doing well themselves. Be wary there are no power plays or bullying on either side.

Tiger may bring messages to take on more responsibility. You are capable of being a leader and tiger is pushing you to exert more authority. Is this you? Do you see yourself as a leader in some way? Do others naturally turn to you for the answers?

When Tiger crosses your Path

Tiger crosses your path to remind you are strong willed and persistent. He reminds there is nothing you do not have the courage to achieve. So get out there and keep achieving your dreams.

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 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. I keep having a tiger pop up in my dreams in the same manner. It’ll just be laying in my backyard, sleeping or sunbathing, unbothered by anything. But this morning in my dream it was playful, I was inside and just afraid of it’s presence (every time I see it) but my family and went outside to just hang out around it and it didn’t care about anything. It even started playing with my dad, but I was still afraid it would hurt one of them.

  2. Naveen kumar on

    I killed tiger while fighting with him..
    This 2nd time I saw same dream at early morning….. I think at 4-5am….
    Plz need to know, means

  3. My dream involved me waking up in some sort of jungle or forest type setting. Looking around, confused and afraid I locked eyes with a white tiger with radiant blue eyes. It was walking towards me and came towards a body of water. It was night but I can see light reflecting on the tigers face. I began to walk away and hopped over a fence and leaned on the fence with my hand and the tiger bit. I’m assuming playfully since there was any visual of blood or major forms of aggression. Idk I’m hoping all is well for me. I can definitely use the good right now.

  4. Long story short I was at a zoo and a jaguar was taking me on a tour of said zoo. A tiger got out and killed the jaguar and ran off with his body I tried to help but its a frikken tiger my attempt was useless.

  5. I dreamt of a tigers attacking baboon in my house some where seating cosily in the yard, the other came into the window we tried to put a pepper spray on its eyes but it could have done something if it wanted we were so frightened checked if the windows and doors are locked.

  6. In my dream I was at my house (same address I know bc I said it later) but not my house. I was getting out of a vehicle to look at this tree that had fallen in my yard. It was raining really bad. My friend was leaving and I told her to come check it out. We were walking back and she stepping in this big mud puddle. As she was fixing her shoe a frog jumped by. We go look at the huge tree that fell when we see a baby tiger. It was a baby but it was still huge. I picked it up, it’s roar was soooo cute. We were holding it when we saw it’s mother. Or I assume it’s mother we run to he door but it’s there too. It’s trying to get in ( I have three cats and they were all in the dream) my oldest cat (she’s 20 and fiesty around other cats) she’s growling and trying to swat. I’m holding her and the tigers got it’s face in my house I grab it by the collar and try to pull it’s massive head out. It’s growling now. I did feel scarred. I get it out of the house( it’s collar was green don’t know if it’s important I probably only remember bc it’s my favorite color) we get it out of the house. Me and my friend are inside. Another person I know was outside with it. It’s trying to stick it’s head through the slates of the screen like door. I tell her to run to the front door. She leaves the dream though. Then the tiger is trying to come into my windows. My friend leaves the dream it’s just me trying to get this thing out of the windows. It keeps opening them somehow even though there’s like 5 layers to all the windows I keep trying to keep it out of. Then my cats are also in the windows, probably egging it on. It gets in once or twice but I’m able to somehow shove it back.out. it’s also the second story so how this thing was getting in was only dream world physics. Then a panther shows up too this thing is even more intense. Eventually Im able to call the police tell them my address and then the big cats all go to my neighbors. I can see it in her house she runs out her shirts all torn. It goes into her car. Then a minute passes I can’t find it. I’m running room to room checking windows as to where it could be. And I hear my window open and an ac unit ( which wasn’t there before) falls out. It’s another neighbor I say come in the front. I let her in. We don’t know where the big cats are. He police arrive. We run down the steps to this huge overweight cop. I wake up

  7. I just woke from a nightmare. I have terrible nightmares every night. In this one I was trying to speak to my mother when an extremely tall and built man was dressed in a tiger costume,poorly made, on all fours and pacing around me and making meowing sounds and I was terrified but I had seen this before. This dream has me so frightened

    • Kristen garland on

      I’ve also had a recurring dream, of a man in a poorly made tiger costume. He was trying to kill me in every dream.. Even though the costume was ridiculous, I awoke terrified. He’s always chasing me and I can hear his thoughts as he is. In the last one he was standing there, watching me run up a hill that is actually the property my family owns and I grew up living at, and he’s thinking about how he thinks I’m so beautiful and how he can’t wait to get his hands on me. I wish I knew what this dream means!

  8. I had a dream of me seeing a tiger, thing it was going to chase me. Then to come find out that it was just trying to be friendly with me. Wow

  9. I had a dream that me and my brother were having meal when a tiger came by put its paws on my shoulder and whispered in a weird roar. Thinking it might be hungry, I gave half of my meal to the tiger.

  10. I had a dream a Lion and a cheetah raced to the ocean. The Cheetah of course won. Panting as he reached the ocean the Lion opened his mouth and said your a Cheetah. At this the Cheetah responded you a Lion.

  11. Merlissa Farrell on

    Last night I dreamt a white bengal tiger was coming at me i seemed to be in a room i saw the tiger with another tiger and when this particular tiger saw me it started walking towards me i bowed my head with my hands holding my head saying to myself its ok just be calm he everything will be fine the tiger licked me and kissed my mouth then hugged me i heard a voice saying wow he didn’t hurt you what does this dream me i didn’t seem fearful

  12. In my Dream i have seen- i Was in kitchen frying something .when i saw in my left there were 4/5 whole tiger meat was there on a dishes .Though they were small tiger meat whole body and it was pilling .All of a sudden i started frying them and keeping it aside one after another.in my dream i was very calm while frying and was not feeling disgusted or sick about it.I was very normal as i am frying chips.I am a Vegetarian though.
    I am shocked now how could i see such a dram ?Any explanations please??????????????????

  13. I always dream I’m giving milk in big Can for so many snakes. Going back home again getting milk. Coming back and putting milk for snakes. Daily same. And many times. .thats all dream keep on Contenew.

  14. Ok, so I always have really long almost lucid dreams, I never realize it’s a dream but can do pretty much whatever I want. My full dream is too long to explain here, most likely over 30+ paragraphs and I had over six dreams last night. Anyways here goes.

    I came up to a kennel like structure and saw two parent tigers, crying for their cubs. They had somehow got out of the kennel and left the parents, I found one right outside the kennel, I was cautious but gently picked the tiger cub up (no bigger than a medium sized dog) and put it in the kennel, I found another that walked with me, almost full grown like teen tiger years. We found the other cub and put it back with the parents, when I went to put the big one with them that was following me the cage was gone. This tiger, female, cuddled, liked to be pet, and was very protective of me. Followed me for the next 2 dreams! Obviously I forgot how it got by my side in the other dreams, but it stayed being a huge sweetheart.

  15. I dreamt that the goddess isis touched me and this fellow I don’t know who seemed to be an astrologist felt she touched me and he told me he had to go and that I would see something amazing today. moments later after he had walked off, a baby tiger turned the corner and saw me, it seemed to be happy to see me and ran to me and started hugging me. I remember hugging it and petting it, then noticing it was someone’s pet and I asked where I could get one. then my dream ended… what is that supposed to mean?!

  16. I keep dreaming that I am in someone’s house I don’t know and in there house is a tiger, it’s always near to me and I feel afraid that it’s going to attack but it never does

    • Wow! I had the same dream. In my dream the tiger wanted to play and hug me but, I locked it outside and was afraid to go out to my car to leave. Everyone in my dream kept telling me it was a pet and would not hurt me but, I couldn’t trust that it wouldn’t.

  17. I was near a river bank and was walking with a tiger, who I seemed to know. Then a lion and a cheetah decided I was a good looking lunch option? The tiger fought them off for me so I could climb a tree and call for help to arrive. The tiger then protected my little brother who came into the dream as the lion & cheetah gave up on me. He was the best tiger.

  18. Ive seen a tiger is there in a house , house is not mine and everybody is running and hiding. me and my family too are hiding and finding ways to protect ourselves and in the in the starting of dream we were scattered and were worried about each other and were finding each other and later in dream we were together and trying to get out if that place. plz tell me what does it mean? how can i interpret this. i will be greatful if u can decode.

  19. My drram was I am being chased by a big grizzly bear while I’m a tiger. I was a tiger thaw was running so fast afraid of getting caught by the big bear. Running as fast as I could even at the highest roof just so the bear will not be able to reach me

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