The Cameo Shift (CS) is when a Therianthrope experiences a shift related to an animal that is not a known theriotype.[1] This could be a mental or phantom shift, possibly other types of shifts as well. Cameo shifting seems to have first appeared in Alt.Horror.Werewolf discussion in 1999. [2]

Cameo Shifts and Polytherians

Many Therians who are only just learning about Therianthropy may confuse Cameo Shifts for true theriotypes, resulting in Therians who think they are a five- or six-theriotyped polytherian when they actually may only have one or two true theriotypes.

It is important to consider that a Cameo Shift could be due to either a spirit animal, being Otherhearted, or that it occurred due to a completely human sensation.


  1. Cameo Shift,, May 17, 2006.
  2. Use of "Cameo Shift" on AHWW, June 19, 1999.!searchin/alt.horror.werewolves/cameo$20shift%7Csort:date/alt.horror.werewolves/zG6ruKsEY7M/KEea7jJaucsJ