We tend to say that vampirism is the need for energy, blood, sex or things like that. The one issue I’ve found with that is there are other types of things who also need the same but simply aren’t vampires. Besides that I’ve noticed over the years that the majority of folks who awaken tend to crave the same as well to an extent.
So let’s focus on what I’m talking about with the awakening first. Awakening is used for therians and otherkin, sometimes even bloodline witches, and not just vampires. However it is my belief that the awakening process tends to require energy in one form or another for the changes that happen during that time. Be it physical, or simply operating at a different vibrational level, changes in the energy body, so on and so forth. The fact a lot tend to need it during awakening can confuse folks on finding out what they at because of the vampiric definition. Sometimes leading them off the paths they may need for awhile during awakening.
Outside of awakening various kin types also feed on the same. Even having health issues if they don’t. Yet they may have some similarities with vampires, they are also very different as well. From blood, sex, energy and even meat in some cases as well as other things they feed. A lot of times it helps keep their health, energy and even emotions and moods up and stable. So what makes them different than a vampire if they have the same hunger needs? Quite simply a vampire and types of otherkin are more than just a need to feed. Yes people do tend to downplay it to simply just the feeding, it is logical and reasonable to do so. Being different already and wanting acceptance, why wouldn’t it be downplayed? However there really is more to it than that and it branches off into vampires and various otherkin types as well from that base similar feeding need.
The fact that others feed besides just vampires, as well as many of those who awaken, is something I think needs more in depth looking into. I also think that bridging communities and sharing information on the similarities could lead to better answers and knowledge all around.