Everyone has nine totem animals. These animals represent the "medicine" or power they carry with them and offer to you. Seven of them come to you by the seven directions surrounding your physical body. This is the 4 directions of east, west, north and south and above, below and within.
The other two are ones that walk by your side and are seen in your dreams. They are revealed when you are ready to see them and/or call upon them to utilize their gifts.
Animal medicine refers to the power or "medicine" that particular animal offers. For example, someone who is connected to the horse usually has the same attributes as that animal such as great physical strength, nobility and willingness to please. They will go the distance, are reliable, and steadfast.
An animal does not have to be in your totem for you to call upon their medicine. It depends on the circumstance. In most cases your totem animals are more than capable of providing you with the necessary tools.
These animal spirits are here to assist us in our earthwalk. They provide the necessary connection to the great spirit and enable you to connect our body, mind and spirit to all that is. The more you recognize your connectiveness or oneness with these spirits the better you are able to utilize their gifts.
The Native Americans recognize the following Feline Totem animals and their medicines. It should be noted that animals such as the Lion and Tiger were not known at the time North America was originally discovered, but then, the same could be said of the horse.
Puma and Cougar are Usually different names for the same animal - the so called Mountain Lion. But Puma can also refer to a cat in Jaguarundi family and most like refers to a Jaguarundi (sometimes called the "little lion").
Panther refers to the black variation of the South American Jaguar and not to the endangered Florida Panthers, which are are a branch of the Mountain Lion family.
Cat: Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery, magic, and independence
Cheetah: Swiftness, insight, focus; also nourishment and mother figure
Cougar: Leadership, loyalty, courage, taking responsibility, foresight
Lion: Family, strength, energy, courage, guardian and protector
Lynx: Keeper of secrets, guardian, listener, and guide
Panther: Protection, hidden emotions, introspection, caution, careful decisions
Puma: Companion on journeys to other worlds, grace, silent power
Tiger: Strength, valor, power, and energy