Misconceptions about Animal Roleplay

Misconceptions about Animal Roleplay

Photo by Julian Hodgson (link)

Like most subcultures out there Animal Roleplay has a TON of random misconceptions about it. 

This can be really frustrating when you are trying to explain your (or understand someone else’s) love of Animal Roleplay!

It can be stressful enough coming out of the cattery (haha) to people in your life without having to go through and explain a dozen different misconceptions your person may have heard…

In this post we are going to cover the following common misconceptions people have about Animal Roleplay;

  • Role players believe that they are actually animals
  • Animal Roleplay is Bestiality/Zoophilia
  • Its a purely sexual activity
  • Animal Roleplay is ONLY a fetish/kink/BDSM activity
  • It’s not Twu BDSM
  • Negotiations, aftercare and safe words aren’t needed – coz its not ‘real’ BDSM *internal screaming*

Roleplayers believe they are actually animals

Animal roleplay is just that,

A roleplay

There are some belief systems that in which a person sees themselves as a non-human animal on a deep and personal level.

People who share these beliefs can go by many names including;

  • Therianthropes (or therian)
  • Otherkin
  • Theriomythics

– if you want to know more check out this link

The therian/otherkin and animal roleplay communities sometimes overlap but they are not the same.

So, it’s like bestiality?


Bestiality is defined as sexual activity between a human and a non-human animal. 

Then it’s Zoophilia!

Again, noo

Zoophilia is defined as a sexual fixation or atypical arousal to non-human animals

Animal Roleplay is a roleplay between consenting human adults.

Regardless of how awesome my ears and tails are (or how they may be attached) I am not physically an actual kitten.

I am a human roleplaying as a kitten.

Animal roleplay is a purely sexual activity!

Some forms of animal roleplay may involve sexual activity

But many roleplayers are non-sexual in their roleplay.

 It all depends on the people involved and negotiations you have had prior.

Animal Roleplay is ONLY a fetish/kink/ BDSM activity

Fetish/kink/BDSM can be a part of animal roleplay for some.

For many these aspects aren’t involved at all

The only forms of animal roleplay that are ‘only‘ a BDSM activity are pet and primal play.

And that’s because they were founded within (and are apart of) the BDSM scene 

And even then its not necessarily a fetish thing

Animal Roleplay isn’t Twu BDSM 

It may not be your style of BDSM. 

But BDSM Animal Roleplay is BDSM. 

There is bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadism, masochism involved in BDSM Animal Roleplay. 

Like any other BDSM activity it doesn’t have to be all of these aspects all the time. 

It can be a mix 

It can be just one or two aspects. 

It’s still BDSM!

Every person and relationship your and other peoples styles of BDSM are all unique snowflakes so like they say in my community 

Don’t be a dick

Negotiations, aftercare and safewords aren’t needed – because it’s not Twu BDSM

Negotiations, aftercare, safewords and consent are required in all forms of BDSM. 


If anyone tries to convince you otherwise…


Thats all Imma say otherwise I’m going to get all kinds of worked up over this


Short answer is that none of the assumptions we discussed are true. There are some grey areas which will be summarised below

Roleplayers think they are actually animals – There are some spiritualities that sometimes overlap with Animal Roleplay communities but they are not forms of Animal Roleplay

It’s purely a sexual activity – Sometimes it is sexual, sometimes it’s not. As long as sexual aspects only occurs between two consenting adults it is a-okay

ONLY a fetish/kink/BDSM – Once again – sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t.

Thank you for reading my post!

I hope this helped to debunk a few common misconceptions about Animal Roleplay

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Lil Succubuss

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