Cats & Symbols

How can such a cute cat bring bad luck?

The symbolism of the cat varies widely from good to evil and around the world. The cat has a great history, they were seen as evil mascots from witches, or they are seen as a powerful animal. Not to mention they were sacred in Egypt. In Native America cat totems are seen as a symbol of Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery, magic, and independence.

Cats have been fascinated humans for millions of years, maybe for their ability to effortlessly blend seemingly contradictory traits: loyalty and independence, affection & aggression, playfulness & dignity, curiosity & indifference.

Other symbols around the world.

Bad Luck
A completely black cat has magical properties: its flesh cures the bewitched, and if a woman carries a black cat’s spleen it will stop her menstruation. One superstition states that a black cat crossing one’s path brings bad luck. Black cats are also associated with witchcraft.

The Lion symbolizes the astrological sign of Leo, which rules the heart. Courage comes from the heart. One who acts truly from the heart is capable of leadership, achievement, and the kind of success that encourages the accomplishments of others.

Cats are also associated with death, probably because they are nocturnes. Some people believe that cats may be able to see signs of death.

A cat on a grave should mean that the buried person’s soul was in the possession of the Devil, and if two cats were fighting on a grave, this signified the Devil and the defunct person’s Guardian Angel fighting for his/her soul. Cats were demonized by the church and became known as ‘familiars’ of witches, an instrument of the devil himself.

In Japan Cats are held to be beasts of ill omen, capable of killing women and assuming their appearance.

Feminine Power
Cats also represent feminine power, especially in dreams.

In Malaysia, where people believe the cat would help souls journey from Hell to Paradise.


In Great Britain black cats are thought to bring good luck. People believe that white cats bring luck as well. But in Japan a mythical black and white cat found throughout the country, is a symbol of good luck and fortune, also called the Maneki-neko.

Speed and Focus
The Cheetah is fast, They accomplishing their goals with speed and focus.z

Several ancient religions believed that cats are exalted souls, companions or guides for humans. that they are all-knowing but are mute so they cannot influence decisions made by humans.

Cats can forecast the weather: they predict the wind by clawing at carpets and curtains; rain is highly likely when a cat busily washes its ears. And a cat sleeping with all four paws tucked under means bad weather is coming. A cat sneezing once means there will be rain.

The cat, a creature which combines a high degree of sensuality with a deeply psychic and spiritual nature, teaches us that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separate, but one.

More symbols the cat associates areā€¦

  • Astute
  • Clever
  • Secretive
  • Mysterious
  • Intelligent
  • Intuitive
  • Supernatural
  • Watchfulness
  • Selective
  • Independent

16 Responses to “Cats & Symbols”

  1. Alexandra

    Wow, that’s a lot of a research done here! You know, I think it was just too irritating for some humans with fragile self-esteem to see how happy the cats were on their own. ( well… some cats)
    I just love the photo in this post!

    • Dianda

      Yes! It took me a while to figure it all out. Some meanings weren’t even clear, or why it had that meaning.
      And what a gorgeous cat you have in your blog!

      • Alexandra

        Thank you! Yeah, imagine how hard the life would be for my cat in the times when people were very superstitious. I mean she’s not only black, she’s weird all over.

        I don’t know why people chose to have so many things against cats. Why not frogs, butterflies or hamsters? I guess cats did always look too independent for some to accept it :)

      • Dianda

        You’re welcome! And thanks for your subscription! :)
        Well, she is adorable with those big ears, how could people hate on her? How could they hate on cats anyway? They should have followed the Egyptians way, when someone would hurt a cat, they were murdered — that’s a little bit over the top, but you know what I mean, right?

        But maybe they didn’t liked cats because they were nocturnals and people did not know a lot about them. Or they just looked too independent for some to accept it. ;)

  2. heretherebespiders

    Good one! I come from the US where a black cat is unlucky, to Ireland where they are lucky. So strange! The weather one was a total surprise to me, if sneezing predicted rain, my boys would never stop sneezing!

    • Dianda

      I honestly have no idea whet that comes from! Maybe they used cats for the weather because they had no weatherman?

      And according to my cats, there is always bad weather coming. They sleep with their paws tucked under their body. ;)

      Maybe I should keep an eye on them in combination with the weather…

      • heretherebespiders

        Only weather predictor I’ve ever seen is a late prediction – if it is cold, I have the pair snuggled up to me constantly! If sunny, find them at the nearest sunbeam.

  3. Philani

    Thanks very much, for such amazing helpful knowledge about cats I wanted to understand.
    Keep on posting it for us, God bless you researchers!

  4. nowosci ze swiata

    “I think your article is pretty great, i found it from a good mate of mine from Thailand”

  5. Rebecca

    A white cat came p to my Mom’s a couple of weeks ago and my son brought her home with him (my house). The very next day another white cat showed up at my Mom’s and my son took her to my niece. The following day a white cat crossed the road in front of me and then just stared at my car. I found the three days of mysterious white cats to be very odd since I haven’t seen one in a really long time before this. Not sure what it means but if it’s good luck I will certainly take it.

  6. Melinda Sledzinski

    I’m 52, have always been. Dog person, but recently, after filing for divorce from a 25 yr marriage, 2 kittens were born at a friends house (my son to another mother) and I ended up with them. They’re awesome and much easier than I thought. One is all black with some dark striping on his sides (very hard to see) and the other is mostly black with white feet and a white marking on the face. There dad was mostly mankoon (gold With some white) and mom was all black. Any insight on the symbolism this is bringing to my life. I also have a jack Russell/chiwawa dog who is 13.


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