Pet play is a variety of BDSM where one or more partners (usually the submissive) take on the role and/or features of a pet or other animal. Common incarnations include puppy play, kitten play, and pony play.
A furry is someone who identifies as a particular animal. Some of them dress up in tails, ears, paws, and/or full fur suits. It can have a sexual element, as much as any aspect of identity does, but is often just a matter of a deep communion with a particular species.
To the uninitiated, pet play and furdom might be indistinguishable: the trappings of both include various simulated animal parts and weird urges toward bestiality. (Actually, both furdom & pet play have nothing to do with bestiality. People who want to have sex with animals generally just have sex with animals.) To me, being a pet is very different from being a furry because instead of feeling like I myself am a puppy (a matter of identity) it is an expression of how I relate to my Master in scenes (a matter of role). Continue reading