A Medicine Cat
is a cat who is trained in the arts of healing and can communicate with StarClan
in order to tend to their Clan
The first medicine cats of the Clans were Mothflight, Pebbleheart, Cloudspots, Dapplepelt, and Micah. Together, they found the Moonstone and were able to communicate with StarClan. Ever since the medicine cats have been found, medicine cats took on apprentices to learn after them. Medicine cats are trained in the knowledge of healing. They know what all herbs are, and what they are used to heal. They know how to treat several injuries and extract poison. They tend to their Clan after battles, and are usually the cat consulted most often by the Clan leader.
Medicine cats have a special ability to communicate with StarClan. Two times a month, they visit the Moonpool
(in the old forest, they used to visit the Moonstone) in order to share tongues with StarClan and to talk to the other medicine cats, who all come to the Moonpool that night. There are no rivalries between medicine cats, and they are kept away from Clan rivalries as well, meaning they are obligated to treat whomever, regardless of where they come from. Medicine cats cannot have a mate
, although this rule has been broken several times - examples as Yellowfang
. However, some medicine cats are able to follow this rule, such as Cinderpelt
, but that did not stop her or Spottedleaf
from having romantic feelings. Some cats may become medicine cats if they have a disability that prevents them from becoming a warrior, such as Jayfeather
. Medicine cats are deeply respected by all their Clanmates, and few dare to disagree with them. They are given prophecies and omens that can often tell the future.