Good day kittens and floofs of the world!
I am Dakumeow! I am here to tell you all about what it means to be a Neko! Sounds simple right? if only meow! So come along a personal journey of what it means to me to be a Neko! Let's get started <3
What Does it Mean to be a Neko?
Being a Neko can mean different things to different kittens. This can extend from pet play, wearing cutie kitten accessories or living and breathing a cat persona. Either is acceptable depending on your level of comfort and what you are able to do on a day to day basis.
To me: Being a neko means curling up in a ball as small as i can, making silly purr noises while sleeping, getting pats and having invisible kitty ears. I have real life kitten personality traits that extend past any cosplay, kitten play or accessory. This concept may seem strange to those who may not have experienced the feeling of itchy ears on their head even though they're not there or the feeling of delight when your partner comes home & you just want to snuggle up to them like a cat :)
When i feel lazy or sick i climb out of bed on all fours, or i curl up on the couch feeling sorry for myself. I love to bask in sunshine glows and if i wasn't so pale and burn easy i would literally be a window cat! =^_^= (window cat is best cat!) and even have cute little mew noises when i yawn. To others , this may not be the case. Some kittens just love the floof accessories, bells and ribbons! (let's be honest, what kitten doesn't? *purrs*)
I love the above too! Being a cat-girl the more accessories to play with the cuter! To each kitten there are different accessories that work whether that be just what was mentioned above or full floof accessories with outfit to boot! This can be donned as casual, cyber, goth or any style of clothing to be honest. (see below for an example of my fave outfit Flufflepuff! A kitten pony hybrid based off MLP!)
How I discovered being a Neko (Cat-Girl)
This was not easy and took most of my life to be honest. Some kittens identify themselves right away, this didn't start for me until i got older as i repressed who i was to please others. (honest moment wooo!) and this hindered how i saw my true traits. It wasn't until I was gathered around other Neko's that i realized all what i never did before. Starting from my obsession to Egyptian life and the sphinx, raising kittens at a young age (real kitties not human kitties heehee) and just general curiosity for kitten accessories.
Identifying who you are in general is tough wether you are straight, part of the LGBTQ community, petplay or BDSM life it is never straight forward or easy and can take time. Others may know about themselves at an early age where they have been shown this lifestyle earlier. This kitten loves she found out later as it makes it more special and unique to me! =^_^= (refer image of myself & my catboy below)
Fave Accessories and Kitteny Accessory Chat Time
This is where it gets fun mew! *pounces around* let's talk accessories and what my faves are at the moment!
As mentioned earlier in the article, accessories can start with just a pair of floofy kitty ears.. Not for this kitten! I have floofy leg warmers, ears and collars to boot! depending on what i am doing or wearing will depend on what i wear at the time (refer image of outfit collage below). Each kitten (that's you!) will have their own style & favorites.
Sourcing your fursuits, collars, Floofy ears & tails can take time depending on what you need and the style you're looking for. Be sure to get good quality accessories that last you several years as not only will they be of better quality but also have longer staying power and also look FABULOUS! *mews* I will leave a list of my fave places to source from at the end of the article so stay tuned mew!
I have digressed ... oops! *shiny distractions everywhere!* so my fave ones at the moment is my purple lolita ears, wearable for when i feel cute of course and my black & red floof ears. These are made of ridiculously soft and floofy fur, while they aren't realistic in nature they can be accessorized to look as such. I have a collar from Pawstar that has gone through alot of wear including NSFW things *giggles* and has really great quality. The collars are customisable to an extent with color, accessories (such as bell, spikes, studs etc) and if you want standard leather or a floof addition on top of the collar!
When it comes to floof warmers for my legs, the ones i have are a really soft black & match my Black & red ears (i had more but lost them in a fire a few years ago *cries*). This basically means i have a full black set. One day i hope to have a full pink good quality set. The set seen in my fluffle puff was also a fave however the leg warmers only lasted a short time as they were made cheaply. This is why good quality is meaningful. I now try to save for what i want to last longer :)
Your collection may start small, but don't worry cutie! it will build in time. Take the time to find what really inspires your inner kitten and makes you purr like crazy (it's usually a good sign!) and save for the things
you really want! It will make you feel special & like the kitten you are!
Now: what about leashes, cat toys and bowls? Well, i have them all *flails around rampantly* Your kitten persona will identify if this fits you. I took the time to trial and error to see where my comfort level was. This may be more important for those entering a kitten play relationship as well so you can tell your owner/ master what you are comfy with and not comfy with! Just make sure you don't have too much catnip! *meows* See a small sample of my collection below!
Do be careful of anything that may be harmful: while the concept of catnip is cute for kitties and laser pointers, be careful with any of these especially with medical conditions. It is not recommended to take catnip as this is designed for furry animal kinds not the furry human kinds. However, play with foods and herbs at home and mayhaps make a human safe catnip! Laser pointers/chasers as always avoid contact with the eyes as this can cause permanent damage but DO chase that thing like a toy! *chases laser!*
The moral of this article: Be safe but enjoy learning about yourself and your kitteny intentions! Play around with things to check your comfort level and give yourself time to get used to it! And we are here if you need us for guidance or advice meow! Us kitties have to stick together!!
Thanks for reading *plays around gleefully!* Links below of my fave creators / designers & sellers for floofy accessories!
Stuff it Creations: https://www.facebook.com/StuffitCreations/
Quirky Stylin: https://www.facebook.com/quirkystylin/
Evolution Division: https://evolutiondivision.com/
Don't forget to check your local supermarket/ Pet store for your fave collars, leads, bowls & toys!
Images by Winston Smith.
Other model is supreme neko overlord.