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Mate is the Clan terminology for a partnership between a tom and a she-cat.




Taking a Mate

Two cats are usually considered mates after spending some time together, and are seen sharing tongues often, and after some kind of confession of love, or asking them if they would like to be mates. Usually when cats are apprentices or warriors, they will show some sort of affection toward a certain cat. Clan cats usually take a mate from the same Clan, although there are examples of pairings from different Clans or groups. However, sometimes cats from different Clans will mate secretly despite it being against the warrior code.[1] Examples are Bluestar and Oakheart,[2] Silverstream and Graystripe,[3] or Leafpool and Crowfeather.[4] It is not unusual for a cat to have more than one mate, especially toms. After a while, if they stop showing affection, or if their mate dies, they will usually take on a new mate. An example is Graystripe and Millie or Willowpelt and Patchpelt.

Breaking Up

In the Warriors universe, breaking up is fairly rare, but can happen. Some examples of mates who broke up:

Reasons

Mates break up mainly for the following reasons:

  • They decide they are not suited for each other anymore or don't truly love each other.[5]
  • One cat does not love the other anymore. (Daisy and Spiderleg)[5]
  • Ending a relationship of forbidden love by mutual agreement, recognizing that loyalty to their Clan is more important than their love. (Leafpool and Crowfeather)[10]
  • Disagreements, mistrust, misunderstanding. (Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw in Starlight)[11]
  • Disappointment in their mate's actions or behavior. (Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw in Sunrise,[source?] Shellheart and Rainflower in Crookedstar's Promise)[7]
  • One of the cats leave the Clan. (Goldenflower and Tigerstar)[12]
  • One of the cats dies. (Graystripe takes Millie as a mate after the death of Silverstream)[13]

In some cases, mates will get back together some time after breaking up, for example, when Squirrelflight mistrusted Brambleclaw, but then made up with him later, though this is fairly rare.

Restrictions

  • Taking a cat from another Clan (or a non-Clan cat) as mate is implicitly forbidden by the first rule of The Warrior Code,[14] as such pairings are considered a sign of disloyalty.[15] Kits born from such relations are named half-Clan, and are usually not trusted.[15]
  • Medicine cats, either male or female, are not allowed to take mates,[16] in order to be fully dedicated to their medicine cat duties, though this rule is often broken. (ie. Crowfeather and Leafpool,[source?] Yellowfang and Raggedstar.[source?])
  • Apprentices do not take mates[17] because they are too young, and that if females were to give birth to kits, it would distract them from their duties, though they do sometimes show affection.[18]

List of Mates

ThunderClan


WindClan


RiverClan


ShadowClan


SkyClan


Half-Clan


Clanless Cats


Tribe / Ancient Lake Cats



References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 7-8
  2. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, pages 231-234
  3. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 142
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Sight, page 353
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Revealed in Long Shadows, page 235
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Rising Storm, pages 19-20
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 52
  8. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 361
  9. Revealed in Escape from the Forest, page 9
  10. Revealed in Twilight, page 280
  11. Revealed in Starlight, page 235
  12. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 289
  13. Revealed in The Lost Warrior, page 87
  14. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 7
  15. 15.0 15.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 40
  16. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 131
  17. Strongly suggested in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  18. Example: When Dovewing was an apprentice, she showed affection towards Tigerheart
  19. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 30
  20. Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  21. Revealed in Sunrise, pages 44-45
  22. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  23. Revealed in Sunset, pages 61-62
  24. Revealed on Kate's Blog
  25. 25.0 25.1 Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 18
  26. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  27. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  28. Revealed in Warrior's Return, page 87
  29. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 410
  30. Revealed in The Last Hope, page 242
  31. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 141
  32. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  33. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 216
  34. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  35. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 48
  36. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 24
  37. Revealed in Outcast, allegiances
  38. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook Page
  39. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 320
  40. Revealed on Kate's official blog
  41. Revealed in Forest of Secrets, page 278
  42. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 315
  43. Revealed in After Sunset: We Need to Talk
  44. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 37
  45. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 25
  46. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 472
  47. Revealed on Vicky's facebook page
  48. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 176
  49. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 20
  50. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 440
  51. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 253
  52. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 171
  53. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 480
  54. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 465
  55. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 209
  56. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 321
  57. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 1
  58. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 150
  59. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 405
  60. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 149
  61. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 419
  62. Revealed on Warrior's Wish
  63. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 7-8
  64. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 11
  65. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 292
  66. 66.0 66.1 Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 467
  67. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 406
  68. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 69
  69. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 67
  70. Revealed in Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar, page 3
  71. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 15
  72. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 257
  73. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 433
  74. Revealed in The Rescue, page 7
  75. Revealed on the Official Forum
  76. Revealed in Cloudstar's Journey, chapter 4
  77. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 6
  78. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, allegiances
  79. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 372
  80. Revealed in After the Flood, page 17
  81. Revealed in SkyClan's Destiny, page 72
  82. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 479
  83. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, pages 120-121
  84. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 39
  85. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, pages 100-101
  86. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 3
  87. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 54
  88. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 11
  89. Revealed in Dawn, page 229
  90. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 453
  91. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  92. Revealed in Warrior's Refuge, page 34
  93. Revealed in The Rise of Scourge, page 13
  94. Revealed in the Warriors App
  95. Revealed in Sunset, page 193
  96. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 152
  97. Revealed in Shattered Peace, page 23
  98. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 220
  99. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 95
  100. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  101. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 218
  102. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 176
  103. Revealed on Kate's blog
  104. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 277
  105. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 215
  106. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 33
  107. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, allegiances
  108. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 187
  109. Revealed in The Sight, pages 22-23
  110. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 23

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