Furries is a term many people will have heard of. Unfortunately, it’s quite a vague one, so many people are somewhat confused about what it actually means. This is compounded further by petplay, as many people think they are basically the same.
What is a furry?
A furry is someone who strongly identifies as a particular animal. In general, these animals will be anthropomorphised, retaining human characteristics alongside their animal ones. Being a furry is still a kind of animal roleplay, but compared to things like petplay it is actually quite a tame and reserved form of roleplay. Ultimately, it tends to be down to the individual themselves if they choose to identify as a furry.
The vast majority of furry roleplay will be completely separate from petplay, and usually have no sexual influence whatsoever. This isn’t to say that furries can’t have sexual scenes, but it is much less common. Similarly, some furries might also like to engage in petplay, but it’s important to distinguish the practises from each other.
How to be a furry?
Some furries will roleplay in real life, while others will keep their interactions entirely online. Whichever they choose, a key point of being a furry is to adopt a “fursona”. The fursona is a personality that the furry adopts, and is meant to be a reflection of their own personality. This is why furries will generally roleplay as an anthropomorphised animal such as a fox or tiger. Even the animals themselves aren’t viewed entirely realistically, sometimes having fur or hair of different colours than usual. To some, furries are viewed as cartoonised versions of the chosen animal.
Those who keep their interactions online are much more likely to be sexual with it. There are many, many message boards out there, and a lot of them contain erotica, art, and general fiction of a sexual nature.
Furries who roleplay in the real world though tend to do it for a much more innocent reason. It’s fun! They will dress up, wearing ears, tails, or even full body fur suits reflecting their animal and fursona. There are even events across the world for these people to simply gather and share in the joy they take from being furry.
Ultimately, being a furry is more like a hobby than a way of life. You can dress any way you choose and furries choose to dress like animals. There’s nothing wrong with it, and if you enjoy it then good for you!