The fear of the animalistic. Also, “claw” implies grabbing. It can represent the dreamer’s own wild and greedy grabbing for a world that he is either “dreaming” about or is actually living. Is the animal threatening you with its claw?
However, the claw could just as easily be a “healthy” sign if you are very timid. It might, however, suggest that you need to control your greed instead of living it out.... Little Giant Encyclopedia
Dreams of a claw symbolize that you are feeling protective, defensive and are attempting to set boundaries. You are in touch with your animal/survival instincts, and this dream is also giving you the message to release your fears and let go of a person or situation you are holding onto.... Strangest Dream Explanations