"Gear doesn't make the pet"
Hi Cuties! Recently we had a request on Tumblr for an article from someone explaining how you don’t need to wear gear to be a pet!
SO HERE IT IS! =^_^= Thanks to the amazing purrson who requested this so we can address it and feel comfy as we are! So let’s get started!
There are a lot of kitties, bunnies, pets, floof, foxes, puppies and more in the community; As well as the more BDSM side of pet ownership and mastership. Of course the latter is a special connection between two or more individuals on consent and rules to where they feel comfortable. I won’t touch on the BDSM side as this is not what the article is about (however points said may still apply to those in BDSM) and each purrson has their own view and take on those kinds of relationships. Let’s get back to the real reason we are here!
Each pet is different; in how they dress, act, react and how they think. Take me for example, I don’t wear gear during the day, at work or even at home (I mean, I do sometimes for special events or when I feel like it). This is because I firmly believe I have kitten/bunny traits naturally. I possess kitten like traits and bunny like traits even without wearing any gear such as ears, bells or special outfits.
When I feel vulnerable I like to curl up on my partners lap, ask for pets and tend to eat tuna – A LOT! *giggles* Other times I may want to eat carrots, celery and just hop around because my bunny is a lot more active and cute. I have a lot of fashion choices depending on how I feel.
Take this image above for example. This was for a photo shoot with Winston smith, the idea behind it was Goth Lolita. I took a more casual approach as I feel it was more within my style. Even though I was donning this different look, I still acted like a bouncy kitten and had a really fun day! Each pet has their own style and take on their traits! What are yours? Leave a comment below for me! I would love to hear it!
As well as having different traits, you may have different styles, way you eat and how you conduct yourself. Many people get enjoyment out of living a pet like lifestyle and it brings them comfort and joy.
Whether it is your playful side, to help with anxiety because you feel safe, it doesn’t matter the reason, you don’t have to wear gear to live the lifestyle. Do what makes you feel comfortable!
For a further example, during the day I wear a normal shirt, jeans or pants with my hair tied back and no makeup but I still express my kitten like state. Why? Because I can and it brings me comfort. Take the image above, this was a more fashion style shoot where I wear bright and dark colours to express my two sides (other model is Rei, photo by CT photography)
Of course you don’t have to do photo shoots or anything to live your life as a pet. You can choose this lifestyle behind closed doors, out in public or wherever you choose! It really is up to you! And whether or not you choose to wear gear again is up to you. Being a pet is about being yourself or who you believe to be. My word of advice is to take the time to get to know your pet persona. I believe this can be used as a failsafe when you feel insecure or just want to hibernate with your pet self.
Write a diary of your day, sometimes this will help educate you on why your persona is the way it is. Not all pets are friendly; they can also act out or be more aggressive depending on their pet persona. So it’s really important to learn your triggers and what makes you feel safe so you can share that with others. I found it took me some time to learn all my traits (years actually!) and that was because I wasn’t comfortable with myself.
I took the time to investigate why I had certain feelings and reactions in certain situations. I also learnt why I have the diet I do and why I tend to change them every couple of months. I then identified which persona was active and wrote down what I was feeling at the time. I also wrote what actions I did when at work, home and how busy I was.
Once you are able to learn your pet traits, you’ll become more comfortable with your life. Again, you can do this all without wearing gear because it is how you feel on the inside and all of the above that creates who you are! So get out there and do your pet thing! You deserve it! Of course we at the palace are always around to guide you and have chats! So come see us on our forum np-forum.net
If you have any article requests please let us know on the forum in our general chat and we can get someone (or many!) to get on it as soon as we can; provided it hasn’t already been done of course! (Please make sure you’re signed up to our forum to post!) Or alternately, reach us on our website nekopalace.net to lodge your request anonymously!
I hope this article was helpful! If you have any questions please post them below or if I missed anything please let me know!
Photos by CT photography and Winston Smith
Miss nightfeathers, Rei, Supreme Neko Overlord and Miss cupcake swirl.