When a pet dies it’s always painful, whether the pet is a cat, dog, bird, hamster, snake… It’s not uncommon dreaming of a deceased pet, but is it a visitation or another dream category? I’ve written about this topic for departed fathers and mothers; however, there are people who feel pets aren’t as important as people and/or have no soul. Yet, death affects everyone differently and who are we to judge someone’s grief, whether it’s a human or pet? Dreams about our pets help ease our pain.

Dreaming of a Deceased Pet

In this blog post I will go over how our pets let us know they’re about to cross, comfort us after they pass, visit us, and when it’s not a visitation dream.

About to Cross Over

There are times a pet owner knows that there’s something off with their pet: not as active, lack of appetite, moody, and so on. Although, love of your pet could trigger denial. Your pet will visit you beforehand to inform of their upcoming passing. In 2008, my cat, Midnite, visited me in a dream as follows:

I put Midnite in the enclosed back porch and used a hammer to nail in the boards on the doorway to keep her in. Even though the door was boarded up, she escaped through a hole in the wall. I was so upset, although she was happy.

Now, I realize this dream is very symbolic, but I had been interpreting my dreams for a long time, and recognized the feeling of grief after a loved one departs to the other side. Midnite died in my arms shortly after that dream.

deceased pet dream meaning

After Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Many clients have told me how they have dreams of their pets a day or two after they died. This is not unusual for both humans and pets visit their loved ones to let them know they’re okay. Why do they visit in dreams? The following is a paragraph from my blog “Dreams of a Deceased Mother,” which was briefly mentioned in the first paragraph.

Those who have departed are now vibrating at a higher energetic frequency. While being alive on Earth, we must vibrate at a lower frequency to be able to maintain a solid form. It is much easier for us Earthlings to reach a higher frequency in the dream state. For those who are newly departed, it’s less demanding to lower themselves into our dream state than the physical awake state. Hence, the reason our deceased mothers appear in our dreams as it is a halfway meeting point.

The same applies to pet’s energy. Besides alerting their owner that it’s time for he/she to cross over the rainbow bridge, it also a process to assist him/her to let go of their family member in order to move forward.

Visitation Dreams

There are times when you’re dreaming of a deceased pet that it’s an actual visit. How can you tell? Your pet is spending time with you, whether that’s playing, giving and receiving love, or through their voice and/or body movements. Here are three examples:

Sleeping with You

Many clients and friends have told me that they feel, smell, or sense their pet on their bed in their usual sleeping spot during their dreams or right before waking up.

Dream Visitation meditation


A family member, who is a cat owner, told me that she dreamed of a dog barking. She woke up thinking that doesn’t sound like my neighbor’s dog; therefore, it immediately occurred to her that was the sound of her dog’s bark who had passed away.


When Merlin, my white cat, was a kitten. I had the following dream:

Midnite was on top of a pedestal and jumped off, then Merlin leaped up to the top of the pedestal.

This was Midnite’s way of showing me that she approved of Merlin, happy that I had another kitty in my life, and wouldn’t be visiting me as much.

pet dream meaning
Merlin as a Kitten

Not a Visitation

How do you know it’s not a visitation when you are dreaming of a deceased pet? Simply it doesn’t feel like a visit, nor are you spending time with them. If you’re dreaming of past events, then obviously it’s not a visitation. One huge sign is if there are other emotions than love; for instance, anger, sadness, or jealousy. This dream is pointing to unresolved issues you have with your pet, which need to be addressed.

Final Words

Losing a beloved pet is in reality – losing a family member. Allow yourself as much time as you need to grieve. Ignore those who say it’s just an animal as it’s their lost to have never experienced that kind of love. Reflect on the times you shared. And remember that’s it better to have loved than never to experience the love.

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Dreaming of a Deceased Pet
Dreams of Deceased Pets

About the Author Pamela Cummins

Pamela Cummins specializes in dream interpretation and personal/spiritual growth. She is available for dream analysis, coaching, and workshops. Pamela is the author of Learn the Secret Language of Dreams, the FREE eBook Got Dreams? Discover Your Ideal Dream Journal, four other books, and the self-improvement oracle deck, Purrs for Humans.


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    1. I lost 10 year old kitty baby Bruce to kidney failure last month. He was diagnosed in December and shocked all the vets with how normal and happy he acted considering his extreme levels. Luckily his symptoms came on suddenly and he only had to deal with it for a few days before I put him to sleep. but ever since then, I’ve been having dreams of him visiting me. in the dreams, I am well aware that he isn’t living anymore. but he’s so happy, and wants to hangout. It’s always like “wow bruce is here!” And last night’s dream was me being excited to see him, getting to hold him and open the window for him to sniff outside. it broke my heart a little bit because he was searching for his litter box that isn’t in our house anymore.. but I’m just so thankful to have these moments with him in my dreams 💙

      Also I wasn’t close with my dad the past few years, but after he died last May, I’ve had a few dreams that felt like he was showing me he was safe and happy.

      1. I’m sorry about your loss of Bruce due to kidney failure, yet happy that you’re spending time with him in your dreams and that your dad has stopped by.

  2. I had a pet mouse who was very sweet, smart and super attached to me. Unfortunately he died very young, about a month ago, and two days ago I dreamed that he was running towards me. while he was doing that all of a sudden the color of his coat changed to a much lighter color and when he almost reached me, he dissolved! I woke up right at that point. Really wonder what that means…

    1. I’m sorry for the lost of your pet mouse. Your dream reminds me of when my cat, Midnite, “visited me” on the night of her death. She jumped on my bed, and meowed as she rubbed against my leg. I went to pet her, then she jumped thru the window and disappeared… Midnite and your mouse were letting us know they’re with us and are okay.

      1. Thank you so much for your response! I often thought I feel his energy. This was the first time I knowingly dreamed of him. It’s comforting to know that our animals are still around.

  3. We adopted our cat 16 months ago. My 12 year old cat passed away from Euthanization last Friday. He was living with severe heart disease, liver disease, arthritis, and mega colon. He had a stroke and lost the bottom half of his body. He was actually relieved that the bottom half didn’t hurt anymore but he couldn’t swallow without violently gagging but wanted to eat his favorite food. I had to make the decision to euthanize him, but he was so spunky and upset with me before he fell asleep in my arms at the vet. I didn’t regret what i did, but I knew he was upset with me. He wasn’t ready to leave us. Today he finally visited me in the my dream, and violently shot diarrhea at my face and hair. I wasn’t upset, I understood he was upset with me and did what he did to express it. Later he was walking around confidently around the apt and I woke up. Today, we will be adopting a cat that looks like him that has been in the shelter since 2008. She gave birth to a litter of kittens in 2008, and my cat was born in 2008… Maybe we found his mom. She’s 15 years old with early signs of liver disease. I will give her the all the love and respect she deserves.

  4. This article gave me a sense of comfort. My dog of 4 years died due to a kidney failure yesterday. It’s my fault for not taking care of her properly. I always want to see her. I’m even thinking of digging her grave just to see her again. I’m worried that she’s alone there. I used to see them on TV as being overreacting but now I am experiencing it. Everywhere I look, I remember her playing ang sleeping. And now I just woke up and I dreamed of her, sleeping under my bed where she used to sleep. I was so happy in that dream and rubbed her behind the ears. I woke up feeling light and less depressed. Now I vow to take care of my other dog. I’m sure he’s going to miss her a lot.

    1. I’m grateful that this article brought you some comfort during your grieving. Losing a pet is difficult and it’s easy to blame ourselves of how I could do better, if only I had done this, or if I had more money I would have… Yes, it’s important to take care of our pets, but in reality we have no control of their timing to cross over. My father and stepmom just lost their cat, Snug, (who was around your dog’s age) a few days ago due to kidney cancer. Believe me, they take great care of and spend a ton of money on their cats! Sadly, their vet was only able to diagnose the cancer when it was in the last stage. May your dog who is here give you much comfort and love during his time on Earth.

  5. Thank you for this article. I lost my dog of nearly 17 years back in January. I was a child when we got her, so we grew up together. She lived a full and happy life, and brought us endless joy. We shared a strong, special bond, and I adored her. Towards the end of her life, we cared for her as much as we could until it was time to let her go. She was ready before we were. I carried her into the vet that day, and kept thinking of how that would be the last time I ever held her. That thought stayed with me for months after her death and it tore at me. I’ve had dreams of her, but last night, I dreamed that I was holding her. We were not at my parents’ house, but the house I moved into as an adult. She was healthy, her fur vibrant, and I held her in front of a mirror so we could see ourselves. She loved being held this way. Suddenly, I remembered that she was gone, and began weeping while still holding her. Through the sadness, I felt my love for her and felt her weight in my arms. I still have my moments when I mourn her, but I know she’s happier now and comfortable. I’ll always share that bond with her.

  6. A few weeks ago, I dreamt of my dead cat that died in 2016 or 2017. Please tell me what this means because I really want to know what it means!

  7. My dog died recently I only saw visions of him in my house Like during day time I have never seen a dream of him all I want to know is whether it is a bad sign I will be very grateful if you could help me

  8. My cat never came home for two months. I even have no idea what happened to him. I thought maybe he already died. For the past two months I often dream of him coming home and I was overjoyed. I exclaim “see? He’s still alive!!” But wake up feeling lonely. Then last night i dreamed of him coming home again. I hugged him because i missed him for so long. Then i let go of him he sat on the floor and was suddenly dying. I cried because for so long i was able to hug him and now he suddenly dies. Then he lived. But he was not a white cat anymore but a gray striped cat which we have at home now. I still feel lonely, until now.

  9. I had a pet dog that I had bought as a gift to my father for fathers day about 6 years ago. The dog was very smart and very attached to me. He was ill and once while I was out, my mother had gone to put him down without warning. I came home and he was gone. I’ve never once cried about him, even that day, but today, fathers day 3 years after he passed, he was in a dream of mine. Everything about the dream felt so intensely real. He had come into my bedroom and I was surprised to see him but he was still joyful and loving the way I remember him, I then sat on the floor with him and hugged him, petting underneath his chin and then I began crying while I was holding him. The kind of crying that makes your throat hurt. Yet, when I woke up I had no memory of the dream until my father mentioned him at breakfast. I’ve been uncontrollably crying since then and I can’t seem to get a grip and I keep looking over thinking he’s going to be there even though I haven’t seen or thought about him in so long.

    1. Thanks for sharing your dream. I often say that dreams help us realize the truth and how we feel about a situation, which is why it’s important to acknowledge/feel grief and other emotions.

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