BDSM Cattle Prod Play | Explained

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Cattle prod-based BDSM play is a form of erotic electrostimulation using a variation on a popular livestock tool. Actual cattle prods aren’t necessarily recommended for the purpose, since they are made to handle an animal the mass of a small car.

Fortunately, specialized versions made for humans do exist and can be integrated into your erotic toolbox.

Cattle prod play is one of the most intense forms of BDSM pain play that does not usually leave significant marks. Electrical play has its own sensations, and provides its own form of humiliation and forced submission in certain contexts, which makes it very enjoyable for some people.

Cattle prods are designed to cause maximum stimulation and minimum damage, but that does not necessarily make them entirely safe. The danger can be part of the sizzle for those who engage in this play, but it also should be taken seriously.

Cattle Prod in BDSM Key Takeaways

  • Cattle prod play involves a made-for-humans adaptation of the familiar livestock tool, used for erotic electrostimulation.
  • Cattle prod play has a lot of safety considerations, but in return offers a unique set of sensations that some people find very erotic.
  • Like all BDSM play, there should be a safeword in place and a lot of discussion beforehand. Only play with cattle prods with someone you trust.

Cattle Prod Play and Electrical Safety

It is vital to make sure that no one involved has a heart problem, like a history of arrhythmia, heart attacks or the need for a pacemaker. Certain other kinds of implants, such as those for pain control, may also pose a problem, since they may be disrupted or damaged by the current.

Metal implants, like a titanium hip, can also heat up dangerously if a current is run through them.

If you are going to use any lube, use a conductive, water based lube. Silicon based lube and other kinds of lube combined with electricity can cause burns and damage the skin. Specialized electroconductive gels are available; they are often sold over the counter for use with TENS units.

Make sure to remove any electronics you or your playmate may have on their person and store them in a safe place. That way you remove any chance that they might be damaged. Same for any metal jewelry that may conduct electricity and heat up.

While some really like electrical stimulation around the nipples or breasts, extra care should be taken to avoid sending electricity to the heart or head.

Sending electricity through the chest and main body cavity should be avoided, because it can be fatal. The brain, eyes, throat and heart are especially vulnerable.

Also be sure that you are in the right setting. If you’re going to play on a concrete floor, you should do so on a wooden platform or something that insulates participants from the floor. Don’t play with electricity near water or in a damp setting.

Most cattle prods do not plug into the wall; they are battery powered for convenience and safety. If you do have a cattle prod or other toy that plugs into an outlet, make sure that it was originally intended by the manufacturer and that it is really meant to be used on a kinky human.

Only plug your toy into a modern GFCI outlet. GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. This is an important safety feature of modern outlets that saves lives and also prevents fires.

Additionally it is best to avoid the use of strong stimulants such as energy drinks or any drugs that can increase the heart rate while playing with cattle prods or other electrostimulation toys. That would be about the last way you’d want to learn that you or your partner have a heart problem.

The Different Kinds of Cattle Prods

There are two kinds of cattle prods used in BDSM. The common kind is meant for livestock that are much larger than any human; a cow can weigh one and a half tons, sometimes more. These are still in general safe enough for human use, because they are low amperage and relatively high voltage. It is the amps that can really kill or injure a person. These are more likely to also have sharp electrodes.

Cattle prods used for cattle are sometimes called a stock prod, hot stick or a hotshot. These types of cattle prods are in general not recommended for use on a human body.

The other kind of “cattle prod” is manufactured and marketed for the BDSM community, in general they deliver less electricity which makes them safer. These are designed for use on the human body and present your best options.

“BDSM is about respect and trust.”

by Bonnie G. Smith; Oxford University Press, 2008
from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

There is also a third kind, sometimes called a stun baton, that is a kind of taser. Tasers and self defense weapons that use electricity are often engineered to override things like motor control and “willpower”. Usually they are safe enough, they just are just not usually any fun for anyone and so it is best to avoid them.

It is worth mentioning there is a device called the picana electrica. It looks something like a cattle prod attached to a box. It is meant to be operated by a team of two torturers. The picana is a torture device with no legimitate purpose.

How To Add a Spark of Love or Lust

Cattle prods often have two electrodes on the business end that form “horns”. These may be sharp, when activated they make a distinctive sound and you can see the sparks. The sight and sound alone can provide excitement, anticipation or fear.

Cattle prods are useful for directing erotic electrical stimulation, also called e-stim, to various parts of the body. Anywhere below the waist is certainly safer and fair play. That includes the thighs, buttocks and even the genitals.

Cattle prods also provide a great deal of control to the amount of electrical stimulation that they deliver. It puts a relatively high voltage across a small area of the skin, in short bursts.

Often you can control the duration of the burst by how long you press the button to activate them.

A sharp, stinging shock can be delivered at different places on the body at will with a cattle prod. This can be enough excitement to control and satisfy even the brattiest sub.

Electrosex is sex and any sexual activity that includes erotic electrical stimulation. It is possible for a man to achieve an erection from e-stim alone.

Anyone into e-stim might achieve orgasm just from the right e-stim delivered to the right place. That said, often other kinds of stimulation are required.

Personal Experience With Cattle Prods

This is one of my personal favorites to give and receive, and I find an electrosex session with a cattle prod incredibly hot and well worth the precautions that are needed. There really is nothing quite like the bite of a cattle prod to bring you to your knees… or bring someone else to theirs.

Depending on where they are applied, the shocks can cause muscle spasms in some…interesting places. This may be a little startling at first, but applied to the right muscles, a cattle prod can produce some amazingly erotic sensations.

Cattle Prod in BDSM FAQs

Can a Cattle Prod Hurt a human being?

Only if they have a heart problem or are on strong stimulants such as energy drinks, “ecstasy” or amphetamines; otherwise the low current measured in amps is pretty safe. Still, even at low current and safe voltages electrical stimulation can cause tissue damage, burns or even death if someone is zapped in the wrong place.

How do you start out in cattle prod play?

Have a good long talk with your play partner first. Follow the safety suggestions above, and make sure that you have a good toy meant for human use. Start at low settings and work your way up.

What should aftercare look like?

The sub may be dizzy, exhausted, feel aftershocks, and be dealing with small contact burns. Check in with them carefully, especially the first time, and if it is their first time, stay with them to make sure they don’t suffer any ill effects. Keep burn cream or small burn pads on hand. Side effects are pretty rare.

What’s Next?

Give your sub-or yourself-an electrifying night with the sharp, compelling bite of a human-scale cattle prod. Give in to a sensory experience that differs even from other electrostim toys. There are many devices specifically for erotic e-stim available, with varying degrees of safety and intensity. The cattle prod is just one tool in the electrosex toy box-but it is a memorable one.

Learn and talk with your play partner about Cattle prod play to make the most of your sessions and ensure everyone’s safety. And, as always, with all BDSM activities, make sure you trust your partner and use a safeword.

Notes

This post was initially written and published in January 2022 by Sexologist Robert Thomas. In September 2022, Oliver rewrote the article to improve its truthfulness, depth, and accuracy.

Authors

  • Robert Thomas is a sexologist, researcher, and writer who loves to explore and investigate everything that is related to bedroom action. He strives to improve couples' sex life by challenging the advice given in research papers, books, magazines, and on the internet in general. Robert loves to write about sex, BDSM, as well as tips & tricks on how couples can introduce new sex toys to their relationship. He has been proudly featured in Healthline, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Self, AskMen, MelMagazine, Kinkly, Jack&Jill Adult, and in many other publications. Learn more. LinkedIn

  • Mastubators, sex dolls, fleshlights, onaholes, blowjob machines, etc.. epic sex toys to put your dick in. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Hi/hello, I am Oliver and you can think of me as an experienced sex toy tester. Why? Been part of Sextopedia’s team for 2 years now – tested over 100 dick stimulators, so I know what I am talking about. I am not a conservative thinker and I am not afraid to speak my mind. My reviews will always be right to the point and voice my personal experience. To spice up my sex life, I also joined the BDSM community back in 2019.

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