Why do people enjoy Animal Roleplay? Part 2 – Psychology

Why do people enjoy Animal Roleplay? Part 2 – Psychology

Pet Play Mind

Welcome to Part 2 of Why people enjoy Animal Roleplay!

In Part 1 we went through some common reasons people enjoy Animal Roleplay and BDSM. 

If you haven’t read Part 1 you can find it below;


In Part 2 we are going to go through some common ways people enjoy Animal Roleplay including;

  • Removal of day to day restrictions/expectations
  • Emotional release
  • Relaxation
  • Escape from self
  • Expression self-hood 
  • Adult Play and Physicality

I will try (try) and control myself and only talk a little bit about each of these so this post doesn’t become too long

Removal of day to day restrictions

When I say restrictions I’m not talking about the fun kind..

I mean the  unspoken expectations of how one should behave, think and feel at all times to be ‘good’ 

A ‘good’ parent, employee, boss, partner etc

Whatever label people give you it always seems to come with a long ass list of what you can and can’t be.

But this list of dos and don’ts doesn’t really apply to animals or pets.

No matter what any animal is doing pretty much everyone will always love them and think that they are the cutest baby in the whole wide world!! 

Take my cat misa for example

He wails outside my bedroom door 




I’m about to get lucky 

and my partner still thinks he is the cutest thing ever??

  –  yes my cat is a voyeuristic cock block; don’t ask..

Animal roleplay allows us to step into that moment, to become misa

To have all of that unconditional acceptance for whatever it is you are feeling and doing in that moment (within reason)

Animal roleplay allows one to be present and uninhibited and removes that long ass to do list of what we are and aren’t ‘allowed’ to be.

Even if it is just for a little while 

Yea the dishes need to get done eventually but leaving them for an hour or two never hurt anyone

Which funnily enough leads into the next two sections..

Emotional release

Alright so remember when we talked about all the rules that come with being human a few paragraphs; 

what we can and can’t do

what we must do


Well just to make life even more difficult labels and expectations can also come with rules of what we can and can’t feel or think

This doesn’t work for most people

So, for many animal roleplay helps to remove those expectations 

And all those pent up emotions from adult life to be expressed, accepted and then let go.


This is a big one for me personally 

– I really struggle to just stop and relax. Even when I’m going to sleep, my brain is making a To Do list for the next day

I find, and I’m sure many others do to, that animal roleplay gives my brain the permission to switch off so that I can let go and relax for awhile. 

Because, well, pets don’t make to do lists or have deadlines or chores etc etc etc

Being able to let go of those daily life stressors and allowing oneself to play, have fun and (if it has been negotiated) allow another to care for your needs for a time is a great way to relax

Escape from self and Expression of self-hood 

Now these two sections confused me. How can animal roleplay be an escape of self and expression of self hood?

Well I think I figured it out..

Firstly I needed to remember that different people can experience animal roleplay in different ways and people probably won’t experience everything on this list.

Secondly, I needed to figure out what the heck self and self-hood actually meant.. 

So from what i got from the articles I read 

Self is experiences, thoughts who we see when we reflect on ourselves which can include expectations we and society place on ourselves

Selfhood means the aspects that make us individual and unique 

Those definitions are kind of long winded so I like to think of it like chocolate

Self is the chocolate shell 

Selfhood is the filling

Both are good as long as there is a balance

…And now I really want chocolate….

Moving forward!

Both experiences relate to that removal of day to day restrictions in different ways

Animal roleplay can allow people to escape from their sense of self in relation to expectations and restrictions that have been placed on them.

Whilst expression of self hood occurs in animal roleplay as it allows a space for all those feelings and responses that may not be acceptable in day to day life to be expressed and accepted.

Adult play and physicality

Fun Fact 

Play is ridiculously important for adults too! 

If you are interested in the benefits of play click the link here; https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/benefits-of-play-for-adults.htm

Strangely enough we don’t really encourage play in adults. 

Especially non-competitive play

The encouragement of play and the physical nature of the play that occurs during animal roleplay can have awesome positive effects on all of those engaged!

Including onlookers!

Because let’s be honest who doesn’t feel at least a little happy watching animals (human or otherwise) running around being dorks

Physical play within Animal roleplay is a lot of fun and can also be done in a range of ways;

A pup friend of mine for example enjoys wrestling and periodically has wrestle play dates with a bunny (don’t underestimate bunnies! She is merciless)

But I personally prefer lighter play when Im in a kitten space so the nose boop war we all recently had at a play party was great!

Play can amplify the other experiences we have talked about above and most importantly it is just 





In Why people enjoy animal roleplay part 2 we talked about the psychological reasons and ways people enjoy roleplaying as animals including

Removal of day to day restrictions/expectations – Animal Roleplay can help remove the To Do list of how we should act and allow a space to just be. The removal of these expectations can help the following ways people enjoy Animal Roleplay to happen as well 

Emotional release – Roleplay can  be a space to express, accept and let go of pent up emotions from daily life

Relaxation – For many, myself included, the removal of expectations and To Do lists can help our brain to switch off and give us the space to relax

Escape from self –  Animal roleplay can allow people to escape from their sense of self in relation to expectations, restrictions and To Do lists they may have.

Expression self-hood – Roleplay gives many the space to freely express and accept all the feelings, responses and desires that they may not be able to express in daily life 

Adult play and physicality – Animal Roleplay can be a great way to express and indulge in your playful side both independently and with others which can add to the expression of self, emotional release and relaxation that you may experience during animal roleplay.

Thank you so much for reading! 

What are some of the reasons you love Animal Roleplay?

I’d love to hear from you down below in the comments! 

Lil Succubuss

What is Animal Roleplay?

What is Animal Roleplay?

Last night I was at a play party, chatting to a lovely newbie and she asked me a question

“Lil Succubuss, what is animal roleplay exactly?”

“Animal Roleplay is a type of roleplay where a person will take on the role, behaviours and characteristics of an animal

I’ll send you some links!”

Well – I planned to take the easy route; do a quick google search and send her a bunch of links 

Thus saving myself getting over excited and spending the rest of the play party chewing her ear off about what animal roleplay is..


There is practically nothing written about animal roleplay!

..Hmm should probably work on that to stop future me chewing off any more ears..

Kitten Animal Roleplayer

What is animal roleplay? – extended addition

Animal Roleplay (also known as Animalism or Animal Play) is a form of Roleplay

A roleplay is when someone takes on different characteristics or patterns of behaviour than they normally have.

Animal Roleplay is when the roleplayer takes on the characteristics of an animal – an example of this could be crawling on all fours rather than walking on two legs.

It’s a super broad term which can make things really confusing, something that helped me understand the concept of animal roleplay is looking at what it’s not.

Animal Roleplay is not..


(sexual activity between a human and a non-human animal)


(a sexual fixation or atypical arousal to non-human animals)

Animal roleplay is nether bestality or zoophilia because it only involves humans playing as animals not actual animals.

Just because I like to feel cute and wear cat ears doesn’t mean I want to get down and dirty with or actually have become any other species besides my own

Always a kink/fetish thing!

Animal roleplay is not inherently connected to BDSM!

In saying this my writings will be mainly from a BDSM context – not because animal roleplay is a kinky thing but because I am kinky thing and its where my interest is

I am going to explore what makes Animal roleplay a kink/BDSM activity a little further down because I initially found it really confusing and wanted to organise my thoughts and ideas on it a little bit more.

Always a Sex thing!

Some forms of animal roleplay may involve sexual activity. It definitely isn’t an always related to sex – like everything it all depends on the people involved and negotiations you have had prior! 

Consent is key!

 When is Animal Roleplay BDSM?

There are two kinds of BDSM Animal Roleplay;

  • Pet play and 
  • Primal Play

Other forms of Animal Roleplay can be apart of Kink or BDSM if they involve at least one of the following aspects;

  • Bondage
  • Discipline 
  • Dominance 
  • Submission 
  • Sadism 
  • Masochism 


Occurs within a BDSM context ie; within a scene, at a dungeon, play party or other event. 

There are two main types of Animal Roleplay that are BDSM activities

Pet play and Primal Play.

Other forms of Animal Roleplay can involve BDSM if people wish to but they are not purely BDSM or Kink related. 

So now we have an idea of what animal roleplay is and isn’t and when its kinky 

So now we have an idea of what animal role play is and isn’t and when its kinky 

I’m going to just quickly geek out over its history and how much of it is out there in the world!

Sorry not sorry!

When did Animal Roleplay become a thing?

It’s impossible to say when Animal Roleplay first started


I can tell you when it was first documented

Which was about 44,000 years ago!

A cave painting in indonesia was found depicting animal/human hybrids hunting buffalo and it is thought to be representative of ancient hunting rituals 

So, I think it’s safe to say that Animal Roleplay isn’t a new activity

Bonus Kink History fact!

Some of the first published images of pet play were in Bizarre magazine (1946-1959) and were of Pony Play

Where is Animal Roleplay found?

The short answer is 

Animal Roleplay can be found anywhere and everywhere. 

And for those Type A people who like lists!

It’s me.. I’m Type A people who like lists.. 

Animal roleplay can be found in the following places;

  • Rituals and ceremonial dances
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Mythology 
  • Media – including books, movies, graphic novels and art
  • Play
  • BDSM communities
  • And more!

Common types of Animal Roleplay that can be seen in today include:

  • Online roleplayers
  • Cosplayers
  • Furries
  • Kemonomimis/Nekomimis
  • Pet Players
  • Primals


Animal Roleplay is a form of roleplay where someone takes on characteristics of an animal.

Animal Roleplay is not bestilality or zoophilia. Whilst it can be a BDSM, kink or sexual activity it isn’t always.

Animal Roleplay is a BDSM activity if you are participating in Pet or Primal play. 


You’re animal roleplay involves aspects of BDSM.

Animal roleplay has been around since prehistoric times and can be found in all walks of life. 

Common types of Animal Roleplay today include;

  • Online roleplayers,
  • Cosplayers,
  • Furries,
  • Kemonomimis
  • Pet and Primal players

Congratulations you made it to the end of this post!!!

What have your experiences with animal roleplay been? 

Have I missed out any important bits of information? 

Is there anything you’d like to see written about next? 

I’d love to hear from you down below or through email at lilsuccubuss@gmail.com