3.8 Number of Fursonas

One popular misconception about furries is the belief that furries choose their fursonas in a shallow manner. As such, the IARP have been asked whether furries change their fursonas frequently (e.g., waking up and deciding that they feel like a cat today). These misconceptions, however, run counter to our findings that, for many furries, their fursonas are personally significant and meaningful1 and, as such, are not likely to change on a whim.

To test this hypothesis, we’ve asked furries on several occasions to indicate how many fursonas they have had in their entire life, and how many fursonas they currently have. The results are displayed in the figure below.2

While one fursona is the most common number of fursonas to have had over the course of one’s life, about a quarter to one half of all furries (depending on the sample3) say they have had more than one fursona. This means that a significant portion of the furry fandom has changed their fursona at some point in their life. Future research will hopefully shed some light on the reasons that furries change their fursonas, including testing the possibility that significant life changes or changes in self-image may lead furries to change their fursonas over time.

About a quarter of furries say that they currently have more than one fursona, often alternating between them. It would be interesting, in future research, to determine the function of having multiple fursonas (e.g., for self-expression, in different contexts, to represent different genders /orientations).


  1. See sections 3.4 Fursona Origin; 3.11 Self-Fursona Similarity; 3.12 Fursona as Ideal Self
  2. 2013 Fursona Survey
  3. International Online Furry Survey: Winter 2011,2013 Fursona Survey

1 Comment


    I have multiple fursonas because they are similar to different aspects of my personality. I identify with most OCs I make, meaning it’s hard for me to choose just one. Currently my two main ones are Dawn, a velocirapter, and Morbis, an African Wild Dog creature.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *