However, before we delve into how to find a kintype, we should first answer another question: What is a kintype? To start, people often define the term "Otherkin" as someone who identifies, be it spiritually or psychologically, as a nonhuman animal. By extension, a kintype is an animal that an Otherkin identifies as. Those in the therian community identify specifically as animals native to earth, though those in the Otherkin community may also identify as things such as fictional characters, mythical creatures with human-like intelligence, and other types of beings.
So how would you find yours? Many different tricks and methods are out there that you can have at your disposal while determining a kintype. If you are new to otherkinity, consider why you believe that you are an Otherkin at all. Some people only believe themselves to be Otherkin due to wishful thinking or self-deception. Individuals may also misattribute normal, human traits to a kintype. Enjoying climbing does not make you a cat, and relishing the company of others does not intrinsically mean that you are a wolf. If you have a strong connection with a particular animal but do not feel as though you are one yourself, you are most likely otherhearted, also known as kith, as opposed to Otherkin.
However, If you have determined with complete certainty that you are an Otherkin, some personality traits and behaviors can provide clues as to your kintype. For example, do you hiss when startled? You could consider this as evidence that your kintype is capable of hissing, which would significantly narrow down your options. However, as previously mentioned, it is important to keep definitively animalistic behaviors separate from those which may be human attributes. Because of this, if you plan to incorporate this method in helping you determine your kintype, it is critical that you carefully consider everything before deciding if something is indicative of a kintype. This method is particularly useful for otherkin who do not experience shifts.
For those who do experience shifts, the occurrences which take place during them can provide crucial evidence in support of a kintype. Phantom shifts can be particularly useful. If you often feel phantom wings, you may be an avian species. Consider the specifics regarding the phantom limb: do your wings emerge from the shoulder blades or are they part of your arm? Are they scaly or do they feel feathered? If they have feathers, you could be some species of bird. Go through this process with as many phantom limbs as you are able too.
The mannerisms you exhibit during mental shifts are also often very telling of a kintype. Consider the way you move; is it on all fours or upright? Do you hop or jump, or simply walk? What noises do you find yourself making the most often? Perhaps you often find yourself growling, hissing, or making other sounds? Any feelings you have during shifts, such as aggression, strength, fear, etc. should be taken into account as well. You can consider almost anything experienced during a mental shift a clue.
At this stage, you most likely have a general idea of what animal you are. You might be able to say with complete certainty "I am a dog!", for example. But many people begin to struggle when trying to narrow down their kintype to a specific breed or species. Return again to your previous evidence. Do you feel a long tail, and "see" or feel as though you have white fur? If you have already determined that you are a domestic dog, begin research into breeds that fit that description. Research into your kintype is remarkably beneficial for Otherkin of all kintypes and degrees of shifting.
Keep in mind that it is critical to do research beyond just your kintypes appearance. Investigate their behavior. Does it match your own, or do you feel little to no similarity? What are these animals' social life and behavior like around other members of their species? Is the habitat of this species one that you would feel at home in? Furthermore, consider the diet of this creature. Do you feel urges to hunt, is this animal a carnivore?
With these suggestions in mind, you should now have a clear idea of how to determine your kintype. There is a wide variety of ways to narrow down your kintype, and no one "best" method exists. To get the result that you can be the surest of, it would be beneficial to use multiple or all of the aforementioned suggestions. Pay close attention to your own feelings and experiences, but do not refrain from seeking outside information and doing further research before coming to a final decision. By exploring various parts of your experiences, including your usual mannerisms, mindset during shifts, etc. you will gradually arrive at a better understanding of your kintype and overall identity as an Otherkin.