Nightcat is a practicing witch who loves to write about Wicca and many of the Gods and Goddesses she’s had the pleasure to encounter.
Foxkin and Fox Therians
Therian: It Is Not What You Think
Before we start, this is not going to be Therian or Otherkin 101. You can get that almost anywhere and I’ll provide some useful links and videos. But I thought it would be more helpful to get a personal view. And my views and experiences apply to me only. They don’t apply to you if you are a therian or kintype or anyone else. So you be you and be the best you you can be. Likewise, any article you read won’t apply to me, because, well, I’m me. All that out of the way? Welcome!
All therian and kin are welcome here and everyone else too. Negative comments however will not only be deleted, you will be banned and if you are a HubPages member, you will be reported. If you don’t want to learn more about therians and foxkin you really don’t belong here.
Also, I am a huge animal advocate. I do not support the wearing of animal fur, I don’t care who you are. Fur farms are places of needless suffering and I will not be providing links to any such place. There are far more humane faux replacements that as a responsible foxkin I highly advocate. Why would I want to see another fox suffer and die so I can have her tail?
Please remember, my foxy brothers and sisters, all foxes are our kin and we can’t start killing one another so we can have an ears and tail. And the rest of the poor fox went on to make a coat or hat and I’m pretty sure you don’t want to support that, right?
Please Note: I have this article under witchcraft as one, I’m a practicing pagan, and two, it covers a belief about a mystical connection to foxes. A lot like having a totem, but it can get more complex in a hurry.
Wait, what is a Foxkin or Fox Therian?
No two therians can agree as to what we therians truly are. Some say we are animals trapped in human bodies, some say the animal lives inside them, some say it’s just a really strong connection to the animal or animals they resonate with. Some say we have partially or completely animal souls. Some say we are simply animals in a human body. We all have our own unique experience, so please, no growling or biting, OK?
For me? I’m am both connected to my fox totem and a fox. Or as much a fox as any human can be, so a fox soul in a human body is a great way to describe it. Human outside, foxy soul. And it's a beautiful thing.
I’m fully aware of being in a human being in a human body, I’m typing, not communicating in barks and growls, but I’m also still fox soul. But it took me decades to figure that one out, and thankfully I got to do my exploring long before the Internet was a thing.
And as a fox soul I am super passionate about the rights of my brothers and sisters currently dying needlessly on fur farms, being poisoned or shot. I want to spread the word that we can all live in peace and faux fur is literally power to our people.
What is Therianthropy?
It’s a Belief, Not a Fact
If you asked three different humans what they are as humans, they’d answer you based on what they believe. They may feel like a unique creation of God/dess, an evolved ape, or an animal species we call human, or any combo of those or something completely different.
For me, even from being a kitt. I knew I was different. Yes, a ton of children go through the phase of being an animal. They are cute little lions, or bunnies, or like me they were a cat. And I didn’t just play at being a cat, from my point of view I was a cat. I’d just been born in this stupid human body by mistake. And this was decades before the Internet. I wanted a collar, a toy and a lovely tail.
I wanted to drink and eat from cat bowls. My parents would support me saying I was a cat off and on (no, they did not give me a collar, toy or bowl, this was the 80s, folks), but negative behaviors like scratching or biting, or fighting like a cat made them eventually make me stop. Now, that really didn’t make me stop, I just hid it deep inside. And the thing was, I had strange behaviors for a cat.
I chewed on things, I growled, I was acting more like the wolf kids, we did not have a name for it. But at my school we all felt we were tigers or wolves, or cats or something. We thought at the time we could choose, and of course there was all the stuff about who was better etc.
Now a lot of kids grow out of it, but therians don’t. We might learn to hide it, push it away or repress it, or be ashamed of it, but it is always there. I still have catlike tendencies at times, though I think it came from only knowing about cats as foxes were viewed as filthy vermin at the time and really not popular or easy to read up on.
So What Does a Fox Therian Do?
Um, the same thing all humans do. I write for a living, I have hobbies, I work on my Pinterest boards. I feed the wild foxes that den nearby from time to time, I watch over the animals in my yard. I guess because I’m older I’m not running around after my tail, I can leave that for the pups.
I am playful, I like walks in nature and I react as a foxlike human would react to things. I don’t bark or growl, but I do have my astral tails and ears when I feel like it. I really do remember it being way more important to want tails and ears when I was younger, but for me at least I’m content now to know what I am.
I have changed over the years and would not wear real fox ears or a tail, but only because those are my brothers and sisters and I wouldn’t wear parts of my human relatives either. Yes, I’m aware the living bit of me is human, but what is a soul anyhow? But back to fur. I don’t judge therians who do, I get that it has a lot of reasons behind it. It’s just not for me and it is animal cruelty.
Would I wear fake? Maybe? I honestly prefer astral, you can take them anywhere and if I want a super fancy fantasy tail, there it is.
But you came for the foxy stuff, so.... I feed the foxes, it gives me a connection to my wild brothers and sisters. I watch any wild fox I see. I run a Pinterest board for foxes and one for therians. I eat what I call fox plates, mostly natural foods consisting of a meat, fish, or eggs with veg.
I go or walks in the woods, I just am a fox. So sometimes it feels silly to read about my own kind or watch videos about us, but I do. And I prefer my full fox relatives (AKA wild foxes) to human kind. I don’t dislike foxkin or fox therians, I love everyone, but sometimes they just have this habit of wearing the tails of my brothers and sisters.... Joking, I love everyone, I can love you and not like the fur part.
I do make fox sounds. I talk to myself sometimes in quiet murmuring sounds, and try to avoid the noisier and more vocal calls, as one, they are super loud, and two, they will shred your throat faster than a death metal solo. I will answer fox calls in videos, especially other fox therians, but not wild foxes. They are territorial and I don’t want them stressing out and moving dens because this giant fox is out in the woods that looks like a human and she's basically challenging them by gekkering or making alarm barks.
I am and I also love fox furrys! Many of us never wear a fur suit, and if we do it’s just plain old costume fur, not the real deal. I’m super passionate about foxes in all their forms, basically.
My Thoughts On Fur
If you like wearing fur, skip this part. I an a big animal advocate. I don’t deny the human part of me. And as a human or a fox? It’s my responsibility to take care of the other animals. And the fur industry is terrible. A female is kept in heat, forcibly bred and the animals live in tiny wire cages. Being wild they are terrified of the humans who feed them and death comes painfully.
The sensitive can skip this part. A conductive metal rod is inserted into the animal’s rectum, it is then forced to bite a plate. Electric current is sent through, often multiple times and the animals is screaming in pain. This method is called humane, but only used because it does no damage to the pelt.
I will not post videos of this sad end, you can look them up on You Tube. I am also against circuses, and wild animals being kept as pets, roadside attractions or mascots.
I am not OK with animals being used in fashion unless, of course, it is something useful and durable like leather and that is only because most humans are omnivores and we eat cows. For no other reason.
I fight animals testing, won’t wear products tested on animals and do my part to protect the wildlife around me, so no pesticides or sprays unless, and only when, an infestation is happening and has no other solution.
So to me, part of being a therian is remembering that being in these human bodies gives us a ton of responsibility for the animals around us. As a fox I’m not about to kill my fox brothers and sister for a tail or ears.
If you want to, that is entirely up to you. And for people that point out in horror that faux fur can at time actually be sourced from dogs? Why are you OK with killing a fox and not a dog? Practice compassion, not fashion.
What Being a Foxkin (Fox Terian) Is Not
It is not escapism or a mental disorder. A lot of people will either tell therians we are crazy or say we must have a terrible life and are trying to run away to a fantasy world. Um, no. As an adult I still have to pay bills and taxes, put food on the table, do my civic duty by voting, etc. I live pretty much the same life every other adult does, my personal beliefs about who I am are just different. So it is not an escape.
It’s not a choice. It’s just what I believe I am. I don’t force it on people, in fact the vast majority of people who know me don’t know I’m a fox. And that’s just the way I like it. As a fox I’m shy and I’d rather watch and be unseen.
It’s not strange. As a pagan I’m used to people who truly believe they have totem animals (As I do as well) and many believe they can shapeshift into a totem or power animal or are the animal, so it isn’t that odd.
It’s not an excuse to “behave like an animal”. What people mostly mean when we say that is humans behaving without reason, like Black Friday shoppers that bite other humans. Foxes and foxkin still have our reason and I choose to be a proper foxkin and no longer bite or scratch people, though I was a handful as a pup!
I’m not the same as other foxkin. Obviously not wearing fur makes me stand out, but I’m also a furry. Talk about a fox of a different color! I also have a fox totem, a combo I’ve never heard of in another fox.
It’s not an excuse to hate humans. Um, still human. Yes, human and fox all at once. Think of a fox at the controls of a human body, or a human who knows she is a fox. Either way I’m a happy and rather silly fox.
It’s not petplay. Not judging any therian or foxkin who might, though. And no, I’m not attracted to foxes either. Still a human with a fox soul.
I’m not a fox fox. If that makes sense. I don’t expect a wild fox to have an insightful conversation about the fall of the Berlin wall any more than I expect them to know what a trap or poison is. I have the benefit of a human mind, they don’t.
For Foxkin: fur or no?
Great (And Humane) Alternatives To Fur
Faux: Faux fur has come a long way from the stuff even a toddler could spot. Get hands on and do the sniff test, rub to look for skin and if it passes you’ve got faux. Faux also never sheds and you won’t freak out animal companions.
Astral: The go-anywhere, wear anytime ears and tail. You may even feel a snout pop up. With practice you can do it on demand. It’s humane and you control size, shape and color.
Costume tails: Some are pretty darn cute and can range from realistic to cartoonish. Again, they should be faux to prevent cruelty.
Support the real deal: Protect your local foxes, volunteer with a fox rescue group, both will earn you a tail of pride in no time. Help protest those fur farms while we are at it.
Fabric tails: Starting to get the point? As you get older having the physical tail in my experience just isn’t that important. Astral is way more fun and even if you don’t have it being a fox in your heart is enough.
Super quick tail replacement: Take a stocking, sock or even a sleeve of an old shirt will do, stuff and pin it on. OK you can paint it to pretty it up, but it’s nearly free and humane to boot. Get creative and make a bunch.
I even knew therians before we had the word who sported string or yarn tails and loved them! A tail you make yourself can be a wonderful thing.
Fox tail instead of pony tail: Yeah, it can be a shift to have a tail on your head, but that brush can be there twenty four seven and no one will be the wiser.
Jewelery: A pretty fox pin, a stone in the color you are, whatever. Jewelry can even be imbued with your inner foxiness and makes a great humane gift to your favorite fox, you!
Remember as foxkin we are in a really powerful place to make a difference for our wild and imprisoned brothers and sisters. And don’t forget all the other animals too, together we can make this a wonderful world for all creatures great and small. We do not have to wear fur to prove who we are.
I wouldn’t trade being foxkin for anything. I’m usually happy and get the most out of life, both as a human fox and a foxy human. I may feel I was born into the wrong species but it gives me a chance to act as an animal advocate and speak out against animal cruelty.
I’d like to invite other foxkin to join me. Learn about animal welfare (making things better for all animals) and become an animal advocate. If you truly feel you are foxkin, do it for the kitts. Do it for the mothers that have kitts ripped away and do it for the tods that never get a chance to guard the mate they love and raise a family.
Now more than ever with tails being a fashion statement our brothers and sisters are counting on us to step forward and save them. If you wouldn’t approve animal testing, fox hunts or wearing coats, please for the love of foxes don’t wear fur.
Love you all and hoping you are on board for a brighter fox future.
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Razor on June 28, 2018:
I recently found out that a child in my extended family is Foxkin. We had a long interesting convo about it as I had never heard of it before. I was intrigued and began digging back through my memories of her and she was always running around with some kind of tail on yipping and playful. I found you’re article rather enlightening. I have a question. As a pagan myself, is there a ritual to discover ones own kin-type? Through tour my life I’ve been obsessed with horses. I remember pretending to be horse as a child and mastering a horse like gallop while on all fours, making myself tails out of anything that looked or felty “horsey”. I wish I had the money to get the boots with the horse shoes on the bottom! I even to this day let loose with some rather horse-ish noises. I’ve always been drawn to horses and they’ve been drawn to me. I’ve had quite a few fall asleep under my hands just rubbing there heads.
Discovering other kin has me so very curious!!
Jessica on June 05, 2017:
The article is fine, but you are extremely repetitious (not just here, but in other articles). You mentioned personally not wearing fox ears and tails but being tolerant of those who do 8 times, faux fur is mentioned 9, and you're kind of all over the place, mentioning things randomly as if you're switching thoughts, as if being reminded of one thing while talking about another. You touch on it partially, stop and go on to the original thing you were talking about, and then jump back to it a few paragraphs down. You need to learn how to write a proper essay in order to make engaging, well-informed dialogue. Each idea should have its own, separate, paragraph or paragraphs. If you are adamant against wearing real fur, then say so at the end of the essay where it will leave the biggest impact.