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A kit is a cat under the age of six moons[1] who is still living in the nursery with its mother and littermates.[2] Kits are usually very mischievous, and are known to bother warriors and elders.[3] However, they tend to be interested in the stories the elders tell.[4] Most kits are eager to begin their apprenticeship before they reach six moons of age, and very curious about what happens outside their camp.[1] A kit's name must end with the suffix '-kit'; for example: Bluekit,[5] Snowkit,[6] or Dovekit.[7]




Description

When a kit is born, their mother or father names them, usually after its appearance (Ex. Sandkit),[8] or sometimes to honor another cat of the same name (Ex. Firekit).[9] Sometimes, though, kits have names with no apparent reason to be given (Ex. Ivykit). Some kits are named for something significant that happened before or when they were born (Ex. Oakkit). When kits are not named because they die before their parents have a chance, the kits are named by other StarClan members.[10] Kits stay in the nursery together with their mother who nurses them and takes care of them for six moons.[11]

All Clan cats, and especially the queens and the mother, are very protective of kits.[12] They are fed first and are not expected to catch their own food or do chores. It is said in the Warrior Code that: "No warrior may neglect a kit in danger, even if it is from a different Clan".[13] However, half-Clan kits or those of non-Clan origins are usually frowned upon by pure-blood Clan cats as their commitment to their foster Clan can be questioned.[14] Half-Clan kits are usually taken in by the Clan of the mother. Example: Featherkit and Stormkit went to live with RiverClan even though Silverstream had died and Graystripe was still alive, in ThunderClan.[15]

Kits are not allowed out of the nursery until their mother feels the time is right. After that, they can go around the camp, though never far from their mother. A kit cannot leave the Clan camp; however, sometimes they get away and get in trouble.[16]

Kits tend to have soft and fluffy fur.[2] They are usually curious, mischievous, and playful, trying to get the Clan warriors to play with them.[17] Most of them are too young to fully understand the Clan traditions or the Warrior Code, but if they break a rule, they are not punished and sometimes very lightly scolded depending on the severity of their deed.[17] They often accidentally annoy warriors and elders,[3] but are fascinated in the stories the elders tell. Kits often want to start training or become warriors immediately, and have to be reminded that they must wait until they are six moons old.[1]

Education

While in the nursery, kits gradually learn about their Clanmates, Clan ways, traditions, rivals, and about the Warrior Code as they age.[18] Their mother, the other queens in the nursery, and the elders will tell them stories of great battles, journeys, and cats. The care of the kits is shared by all of the queens.[11]

Once reaching the age of six moons, they become apprentices,[19] which will replace the last part of their name to from "kit" to "paw"[20] (for example, Frostkit becomes Frostpaw, Nightkit becomes Nightpaw, Crowkit becomes Crowpaw, Honeykit becomes Honeypaw, etc.). They will either go on the path of a medicine cat or a warrior, and their mentor will teach them the ways of the path they choose.[21]

Trivia

  • Kits are sometimes called "kittens" in the first two books of the Original Series,[22] in Secrets of the Clans,[23] and Dark River,[24] but not in other books.
  • Some kits, if they have disorders or behaved very badly, may be apprenticed late, such as Crookedstar, Hollyleaf, Lionblaze, and Jayfeather.[25]


See Also

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 35
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 10
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 15
  4. Revealed in A Dangerous Path (Bramblekit/Tawnykit)
  5. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 4
  6. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 5
  7. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, page 5
  8. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  9. For example, Cinderkit is named after Cinderpelt in Sunset, page 27
  10. Revealed in Facebook[[1]]
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 32
  12. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 30
  13. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  14. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 168
  15. Revealed in Forest of Secrets
  16. Such as when Cloudkit or Berrykit tried to hunt, Dawnflower's kits getting away and finding Twoleg poison, or Jaykit, Hollykit and Lionkit trying to track down a fox
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  18. Revealed in Cats of the Clans, page 3
  19. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  20. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  21. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 55
  22. For instance, pages 15, 103, 260 of Into the Wild, page 254 of Fire and Ice
  23. On pages 21, 43, 70, 150 of Secrets of the Clans
  24. Revealed in an unknown book, page 31
  25. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 159


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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