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There are many ways to tell if someone is a furry. One of the most obvious ways is if they have a fursona – an animal alter ego that they identify with. Other signs include having an interest in furry art, dressing up in furry costumes or attending furry conventions.

While not everyone who displays these signs is a furry, it can be a good indication that this may be the case.

Furry enthusiasts are a well-known and accepted part of the anime/comic convention culture, but they’re not always easy to spot. Here is a guide on how to tell if someone is a furry.

What is a Furry?

The word “furry” can mean many different things, depending on who you ask. To some people, it means an appreciation for animal-like cartoon characters. To others, it’s the desire to be or become an anthropomorphic animal.

Jokingly, some people may say it’s a disease, given the condition of “Furry Flu. Regardless of what you believe a furry is, we can all probably agree on one thing: Furries love animals.

The Different Types of Furries

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While there are many types of furries, some of the most common examples include:

Anthro-Furs: These are full or part-human characters in a furry setting. They usually have animal heads and tails but retain their full intelligence and often wear clothes. Anthro-Furs are often depicted as being quite similar to regular humans but with a few animal features.

Plushie-Furs: These are people that like to make and/or collect plushies or stuffed animals. Sometimes they like to dress up in them and pretend to be one of the animals that these toys represent.

Plushie furs are often viewed as being quite innocent since they don’t try to act like the animals that their plushies represent.

Feral-fur: This is someone that relates more to the primal and instinctual side of an animal than just the physical features. They often paint themselves in camouflage colors and go around on all fours whenever they can.

They wear animal masks and like to vocalize like their desired animal as well, usually trying to bark or growl like the real thing. Feral furs are usually considered even more “furvert” than regular furries; since their behavior is seen as much less self-controlled.

How to Tell if Someone Is a Furry

There are a few ways to tell if someone is a furry. One way is by their attire. Many furries will wear animal costumes or clothing that resembles animal skin. Another way to tell is by their behavior. Furries often enjoy role-playing as animals and may behave in a way that is more “animal-like.”

Another sign that someone is a furry is if their interests vary from what you would expect for their age and background. Furries tend to grow up with different childhood interests than the average person.

This may include an interest in cartoons, anime, science fiction, or fantasy. If you notice that someone has interests that are not typical for their age group, it is more than likely they are a furry.

Also, one of the biggest indicators, if someone is a furry, is if they join online communities focusing on animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.

These characters would be things like a mouse that walks on two legs and wears clothes, a rabbit with the ability to talk, or a fox who acts like an old man. If someone is a furry, they tend to have one of these animal-like characters as their avatar online or adopt the persona of another character from a movie or video game.

There are exceptions to this rule. For example, some people call themselves furries because they enjoy watching furry-themed movies or TV shows, not because they actually identify as a certain animal.

Also, there are many types of people who might be interested in furry artwork which isn’t furries themselves.

How to Deal with Being Around Furries

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If you’re not sure if you want to be around furries, the best thing to do is to try it out and see how it goes. You can always leave if it’s not for you. Some things you can do to make it more comfortable for yourself are to:

  • Talk to the furry about why they like being a furry and what their favorite parts are. This can help you understand them better and may make you more comfortable around them.
  • Try going to a few events or meetups with them. This will give you a better idea of what it’s like to be around furries. It’s possible you will find out they are actually pretty cool people, even without the ears and tails.
  • Ask them for pictures of their fur suits if you want an idea of what they look like in real life. A lot of furries take really nice photos with each other so you can get an idea of what it’s like to be around them.
  • Talk to other furries! Get their opinion on if they think this person is a furry or not, or just ask them what they think about the person you’re unsure of.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the person you’re unsure of about it. They may be even more confused than you are, and having a conversation might clear things up for both of you.

If you decide that furries aren’t your thing, that’s 100% okay! You can still stay friends with them if you want to. However, please do not tell them they are not real furries because they don’t fit your idea of what a furry is supposed to be like. They should be able to determine their own identity, and you shouldn’t tell them otherwise.

In Conclusion

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as people who identify as furries come from all walks of life. However, there are some key signs that can help you determine if someone might be a furry.

If you’re ever unsure about whether or not someone identifies as a furry, it never hurts to ask them directly – many furries are open and happy to discuss their fandom with others.

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