A kit is a cat under the age of six moons[1] who is still living in the nursery with their mother and littermates.[2] Kits are usually very mischievous and energetic, 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]


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 that only have to do with the natural products on their territory, including animals, whether prey or enemies like foxes (Ex. Owlkit). Some kits are named for something significant that happened before or when they were born (Ex. Oakkit [10]). When kits are not named because they die before their parents have a chance to name them, they are named by other StarClan members.[11] Kits stay in the nursery together with their mother who nurses them and takes care of them for six moons.[12]

All Clan cats, and especially the queens and the mother, are very protective of kits.[13] 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".[14] 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.[15] Half-Clan kits are usually taken in by the Clan of the mother, for example: Featherkit and Stormkit went to live with RiverClan even though their mother, Silverstream, had died and their father, Graystripe, was still alive in ThunderClan.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18] 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.[18] They tend to 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]


While in the nursery, kits gradually learn about their Clanmates, Clan ways, traditions, rivals, and about the Warrior Code as they age.[19] 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.[12]

Once reaching the age of six moons, they become apprentices,[source?] which will replace the last part of their name to from "kit" to "paw"[source?] (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.[20]


  • Kits are sometimes called "kittens" in the first two books of The Prophecies Begin arc,[21][22][23][24] in Secrets of the Clans,[25][26][27][28] The Rise of Scourge, [29] and Dark River,[30] but not in other books.
  • Although it has rarely happened in canon, kits have been apprenticed late. This is often due to misbehavior[31] or as the result of an injury due to an accident or other incident.[32][33] At the same time, kits have also been apprenticed early[34][35] or without warning[36][37] due to battle,[source?] lack of apprentices,[source?] or other circumstances.

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 Crookedstar's Promise, page 8
  11. Revealed on Kate's Facebook
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Into the Wild, page 32
  13. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 30
  14. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans
  15. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 168
  16. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, chapter 30
  17. 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.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Revealed in Midnight, page 84
  19. Revealed in Cats of the Clans, page 3
  20. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 55
  21. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 15
  22. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 103
  23. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 260
  24. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 254
  25. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 21
  26. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 43
  27. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 70
  28. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 150
  29. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 38
  30. Revealed in an unknown book, page 31
  31. Revealed in The Sight, page Chapter 3
  32. Stormkit, or Crookedkit, had his apprenticeship delayed due to an accident which left his jaw twisted
  33. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 159
  34. Cinderpaw and Brackenpaw were apprenticed early.
  35. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 93
  36. Bluekit and Snowkit were apprenticed suddenly and without warning, as noted by Moonflower
  37. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 61

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