The eyes of an animal tells you they do feel many of the emotions we do. Once you've really looked into the eyes of an animal, ask yourself if you really want to eat the animal you are looking at, or hurt it in any way.
Cats ~ Femininity, maternal and nurturing, sensual and affectionate. Is it a black cat, a tom cat, a kitten? Are there elements of caring for someone or being cared for in the dream? Is there any cattiness? Only the dreamer can give meaning to the cat in a dream.