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An elder is a Clan cat that has served their Clan faithfully, but has now retired. They are wise and are held in high respect by the other cats; their counsel and knowledge is sought several times even by Clan leaders,[1] though they are often described as grumpy.[2] They do not have to catch their own food, nor do hunting patrols or fight, except to defend if necessary.[3]


Description

They stay in their den most of the day, and enjoy meeting new kits.[4] However, they may leave the camp if they wish to do so, such as to take a walk to stretch their legs[5]or to hunt.[6][7] Sometimes, they participate in Gatherings.[8]

Elders are to be held with the utmost respect from cats of all Clans. They have served the Clan well in the past as apprentices and warriors. During their youth, they took care of the elders of their generation. Now, it is their turn to rest, and the youth of the Clan is to take care of them in honor of all they have done to serve the Clan.[9]

Elders are often susceptible to many diseases and injuries such as greencough and stiff joints. They are often treated by medicine cats and apprentices.[10] They also are more than often tick-ridden, and it is the duty of the apprentices to use mouse bile to remove the ticks.[11]

Tasks

Some tasks elders do are:

  • Rub herbs on a cat's body when they have passed away to disguise the scent of death.[12]
  • Take deceased cats out of camp to bury them.[13]
  • Tell stories about Clan life as it was when they were growing up.[14]


Obtaining the Rank

An elder is usually an elderly cat who cannot do warrior duties any more due to their old age. When a warrior, queen, deputy, or medicine cat wishes to retire, an Elder Ceremony is held.[15] Sometimes a cat must retire early for reasons beyond their control (for instance a wound, loss of sight etc).[16] Usually if circumstances force a cat into early retirement, they will receive a new name in order to better suit their current state.[17]

Outside of the Clans

BloodClan

BloodClan, the so-called "Clan" from the Twolegplace, does not care for their elders, and makes them hunt and care for themselves. They are not treated with the same respect as Clan elders.[18]

The Tribe of Rushing Water

The Tribe of Rushing Water calls cats who have retired elders as well, and treat them much like Clan elders.[source?]

Darktail's Group

Darktail's Group, the band of rogues who drove out SkyClan, only let the strongest cats eat and don’t care about their queens or elders. [19]

See Also

References

  1. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 100
  2. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 74
  3. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 49
  4. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 21
  5. For instance, Sunningrocks was described as a favorite place for elders to relax
  6. Revealed in The Sight, page 97
  7. In the first books of the Original arc, elders sometimes left to hunt when they wished to do so; the custom apparently died out in later books
  8. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 142
  9. Revealed in Code of the Clans, pages 36-37
  10. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 151
  11. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 102
  12. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 140
  13. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 204
  14. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 50
  15. Revealed in Starlight, page 220
  16. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 142
  17. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 507
  18. Revealed in Into the Wild, pages 247-248
  19. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, pages 202-203


Hierarchy and Groups in the Warriors World
Clan Hierarchy KitsApprenticesWarriorsDeputiesLeadersQueensEldersMedicine Cats
Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine CatName Changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-BesCave-GuardsPrey Hunters‎Kit MothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan InformationGeneral Tribe InformationCat Names
Other Groups LonersRoguesBloodClanCats of the ParkThe Early SettlersClear Sky's GroupTall Shadow's Group

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