I am a domestic feline. I knew all along that I was domestic, and have had no doubts since my awakening. However, that's not to say that I feel no connection at all to my wild brothers and sisters. The thought of wild cats often makes me feel quite shifty.
There's a certain routine I sometimes go through to induce mental shifts. I'll sit down with my hands and feet flat on the ground, close my eyes, and imagine roots wrapping around my limbs. The roots then bury themselves into the earth, quickly making their way down deeper and eventually reaching glowing orbs of liquidized feline instinct buried underground. They break the surface of the orbs and this substance flows back up the roots and into my bloodstream, where it builds up inside of me before bursting forth in the form of a shift. However, this liquid instinct often isn't just that of other domestic cats, but my mind goes to that of my wild ancestors as well. This is understandable, as we're all still related. one study even found that domestic cats share about 95% of their genome with tigers.
However, I believe I have finally solved a mystery regarding my shifts, with this connection being the solution. As I have mentioned a few times before (such as in EE#1: Reflections), another thing that can trigger mental shifts for me is the sound of rain. Rain alone can do it on a rare occasion, but what I've neglected to notice is that the shifts occur most often when the rain is accompanied by thunder. In fact, I believe the source of this phenomenon may be the thunder itself. There was a storm last night that induced a shift and I ended up having a thought that seems to tie the whole thing together. The thunder sounds somewhat similar to the roaring of some large cats. Claps of thunder during storms have likely been reminding me, on some unconscious level, of the roars of my untamed forefathers, thus causing the shift.